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Countryside and Environment Level 2 at Wiltshire College

Course description

This course is designed for anybody who wants to start their career in countryside management. 
This course provides an ideal introduction to the rural industries, allowing you to learn about every aspect of countryside management. You will explore gamekeeping, conservation and woodland management and by the end you will know where you want to specialise as you progress to a level 3 qualification. It also provides a basic foundation of practical skills for work within this sector.
You will get involved in managing habitats with hand tools like bow saws, axes and billhooks, looking after pheasants, ducks and partridges, learning about how different species interact in a habitat or using land based machinery like tractors and quad bikes.
Learning on the course is embedded into the Lackham Estate and farm, which have a wide range of enterprises and resources that the students may use. These include woodlands, wetlands and other natural and semi-natural habitats, a commercial shoot and deer park with sika and fallow deer.
The course also includes a minimum of 200 hours of work experience with a relevant employer to help develop your practical skills.

Course content

You will learn about:
Work related experience in countryside 
This unit will help you develop employable skills and assist you in putting together a CV and covering letter. We will also look at the careers available in the sector, how to find appropriate job adverts and how to plan your training to get you to where you want to go.
Environment and Land Based Business
This unit introduces you to the countryside industry, and develops an awareness of different types of businesses and organisations currently operating in the sector. You will develop the entrepreneurial skills required to run your own rural business.
Conservation and Improvement of British Habitats
This unit introduces you to a range of different British habitats, their characteristics, locations, and the methods used in habitat maintenance and establishment.
Landbased machinery Operations and also Introduction to Tractor Driving
This unit covers the use of tractors with attachments. You will carry out the necessary pre-start checks, operate the tractor safely, attach a range of implements to the tractor and be able to explain the purpose of different types of countryside machinery.
Introduction to Game Management
This unit introduces the game species of the UK. You will investigate their ecology and habitats as well as undertaking basic game management activities on the estate. 
Introductory Deer Management
This will provide you with the skills required to identify the species of deer most commonly found resident in the UK as well as introducing you to basic deer management theory and skills. 
Units covered are subject to change in line with developments in the industry.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade D or above, including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or successful completion of a relevant subject at Level 1)
A good reference
A satisfactory interview


You may choose to complete written assignments at home, although study periods are timetabled into the college day.
You will study 6 units to achieve the Level 2 Diploma qualification.
Each unit will be approximately 60-hours and will be assessed by a combination of assignments, class exercises, practical assessments and end of unit assessments.
The final qualification will be a Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment.

Future opportunities

Upon completion you could progress onto our BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management, specialising in either Gamekeeping and Fisheries or Conservation and Ecology.
If you continue your studies onto Level 3 and beyond, including our Foundation Degree in Rural Environmental Management, and a wide range of employment opportunities in the countryside, game and fisheries and environmental sectors will become available to you!
If not progressing onto a Level 3 course, you could look for employment opportunities in the following areas:
  • Underkeeper
  • Estate worker
  • Country park ranger
  • Conservation team worker


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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