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Countryside and Environment Level 2 Diploma at Cirencester College

Course description

This is ideal if you are interested in working outdoors in the heritage and countryside sector and want to gain the skills required for employment. This could mean in parks, leisure venues, farms, gardening or any other of the huge range of local industries. This one-year Level 2 Diploma also allows for progression on to some of our Level 3 Diplomas.

Course content

From discovering all about habitats, plants and animals to conducting interesting surveys and using a range of tools, this qualification gives you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in the field, and also to gain new knowledge and skills within the college environment.

Students undertaking the Certificate qualification will study three units, while those studying for the Diploma tackle six units in total. Each is made up of elements designed to offer the student a well rounded understanding of the subject, together with the chance to develop skills and knowledge essential for working outdoors or following further qualifications in this area.



Typical unit study will involve experience through field trips and the development of practical skills outdoors. Investigations will be conducted through field surveys, and research will also be undertaken in the library and on the computer. Practical work is backed up by lessons and guidance and you will complete practical assessments, written projects and presentations. These are assessesd to give evidence of achievement.

Units Covered:

  • Industry Experience: Work experience in your chosen area e.g. parks, woods, fish, horses, farming, outdoor leisure.
  • Industry and Organisations:Research into an area of your choice.
  • Estate skills: Skills needed to manage the countryside, such as maintaining fences and paths.
  • Trees, Woods and Forests: Woodland management, from how trees function to multi-objective forestry.
  • Introduction to Husbandry: Looking after plants and animals.
  • Countryside Recreation: Investigate how people use the countryside for recreation and understand the issues involved.
  • Habitat Establishment and Maintenance: Looking after wildlife and understanding habitats, including surveying and conservation.

Part of the course involves practical work placement, offering valuable experience within industry. This course will involve team working and studying in all weather conditions. As a result, those with an interest in the landscape, heritage industry, countryside or environment, together with a positive attitude and enthusiasm, will gain most from the course.

Entry requirements

You will have at least one GCSE grade D and mainly grade E


  • Coursework
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Oral test
  • Practical test
  • Observation
  • Presentation

Future opportunities

Students could progress on to our Land & Wildlife Management Level 3 diplomas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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