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Countryside Management BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Stafford College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management contains a good mix of practical and theory based learning, with a strong emphasis on acquiring essential practical skills during your first year through working on a variety of habitats and countryside sites locally.  You learn by completing practical assessments that are based on realistic workplace situations, written assignments, power point presentations, practical workbooks and word processed reports.

Course content

The course has FOUR mandatory core units:

  1. Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector
  2. Understanding the Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation
  3. Undertake Estate Skills
  4. Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries


And FOURTEEN specialist units, governed by the course content. The first year units may include:

  • Understanding Greenwood Crafts
  • Undertaking Environmental Interpretation in Land-based
  • Understanding Countryside Tourism and Recreation
  • Understanding Freshwater and Wetland Management
  • Undertaking Urban Habitat Conservation
  • Understanding Water Quality
  • Understanding the Principles of Forest Recreation


Second year units may cover topics such as Woodland Management, Ecology of Game, River Management, Heathland Management, Fishery Management and Pest and Predator Control.


English & Maths

We are committed to helping students improve their skills in English and maths.  Students on a full-time course at College who missed out on GCSE qualifications at grades A-C in these subjects at school will attend additional classes and receive support to enhance their grades.  Depending on individual ability, students will work towards GCSE, City & Guilds or Functional Skills awards to ensure that they have the qualifications needed to progress to university or employment.

Entry requirements

  • A BTEC Level 2 qualification in Countryside and Environment or a related vocational area
  • A standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to four GCSEs at grade A*-C
  • Other related Level 2 qualifications
  • Related work experience
  • A keen interest in the countryside and environment and in working outdoors


You will be assessed in a variety of different ways depending on the units being delivered.  This will include written assignment work, posters/leaflets, oral presentations, practical assessments, short tests and report writing.  Assessment is continuous with no end of year exams.

Financial information

This is a practical based course which will involve working outdoors.  You will need steel toe capped boots and suitable outdoor clothing.  There will also be study tours and practical work weeks for which there will be a cost of £40.  Details of these will be given during the course.


Students may be able to receive financial support, please contact Student Services for further information on 01785 275512.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels A* - C and is a nationally recognised qualification which will enable you to progress onto a Higher National Diploma/Degree programme at University


Alternatively you could enter employment into to varied roles within the Countryside Management and Environmental Industry.  Opportunities can include Countryside Ranger, Countryside Warden, Estate Worker working for organisations such as the National Trust, RSPB and Wildlife Trust.

Further information

If you would like any more information about the College or our courses then write, visit, or telephone Student Services on (01785) 275468. Our e-mail address is  If you are unsure about which course to take, we can arrange for you to get the advice you need from a member of our guidance team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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