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Animal, equine and countryside - BTEC Diploma in Countryside and Environment level 2 at Kirklees College, Huddersfield Centre

Course description

You will have an introduction to wildlife and conservation work which includes looking for signs of our native wild animals and learning more about their lives, exploring and helping to create their habitats and learning how to do practical countryside work such as fencing, making footpaths and tractor driving. You will also learn about the farm animals at our Taylor Hill site-pigs, hens, ducks, goats and sheep and have opportunities to see the other more exotic species that are on the site.

Course content

You will study 2 mandatory units:

  • Undertake work related experience in the land-based industries
    • This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of work related experience and how these can be applied in practice. Actual work experience may be gained by a number of routes, e.g. as part of an industrial placement while at college; while working on a planned daily or weekly basis on the college’s commercial and/or educational facilities; while undertaking voluntary work within the industry; in the form of previous relevant and current work experience in the industry; or as a member of a group of learners invited to carry out practical work in, for example, a country park, farm or animal care centre.
  • Environmental and land-based business
    • Understanding how businesses and organisations fit into the land-based industry provides a foundation of knowledge from which more specialist study can follow. The environmental and land-based industries are wide-ranging, covering employment in many sectors. You will investigate the different types of businesses and organisations in their specialist sector of the environmental and land-based industries, their characteristics and influences.  You will look at current trends and issues affecting their industry.

You will also study 4-6 of 25 optional units, including:

  • Introduction to animal and plant husbandry
  • Introduction to environmental studies
  • Conservation and improvement of British habitats
  • Introduction to countryside access and recreation
  • Understanding ecology of trees, woods and forests
  • Introduction to coastal zone management

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs with the following grades: English 3 and maths at 2 or above, and 2 other GCSEs grade 3 or above.


Assessment is continuous with:

  • tutorials,
  • oral,
  • written assignments, and
  • practical work

Future opportunities

What’s next?
Students completing this course could go onto
the BTEC Extended Diploma in Countryside
Management level 3, or choose to work within
the industry.
Career prospects
You could enter employment in the field of
landscaping or try for Apprenticeships in related
work for example the Parks Department.

Further information

Contact the college, tel: 01484 437070 or email:

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year


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