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Land Based Studies (Woodland and Countryside)- Level 1 BTEC - Plumpton at Plumpton College

Course description

If you're looking to gain a thorough understanding of all the practical and academic skills, as well as an understanding of woodlands and countryside, this is the course of you.

You'll learn all of the necessary skills to help make you more employable and be successful in the workplace. A mixture of practical and classroom sessions will help to give you a sound understanding and create an evidence-based portfolio. 

Course content


  • Developing Practical Skills for Maintaining Plants

  • Maintain the Safety of Self and Others in the Workplace

  • Assist with the Maintenance of Equipment

  • Assist with the Planting and Establishing Plants

  • Assist with Maintaining Plants

  • Planting and Staking a Tree

Entry requirements



  • You'll need to have achieved 1 or more GCSEs between grade E-G (new grades 2-1)
  • Successful completion of the Rural Pathways programme and a strong interest in forestry and arboriculture
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course from another area
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered.

Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Facility Fee:

  • Cost for day students- £120 per year
  • Cost for residential students- £200 per year

The facility fee is applicable to all our full time FE students and this is paid annually before you arrive for your enrolment and induction. This fee assists in providing non-educational facilities which include security, sports amenities, membership of the Sports and Social Club, minibuses, Wi Fi access, television room, on-site medical support and free car parking subject to availability.

For students aged 19 plus please contact Admissions for further fee information:

01273 892082

Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

By completing this course, you'll be able to go on to complete a Level 2 in Forestry and Arboriculture or into employment as an Estate Worker or Grounds Maintenance Assistant. 

Further information

Course duration is 3 days per week for 1 year.


With over 800 hectares of land on-site, you'll certainly be in the right environment to develop your skills. The department has the latest equipment for you to use on your courses. You'll be able to work with a range of tractors, a wood miser saw mill, a range of wood chippers, a mobile elevated work platform and tree climbing equipment. We've got areas of farmed land, hedgerows, ponds, streams and woodland for you to explore. You'll also be able to visit out working commercial woodland at Flimwell with its up-to-date modern workshop. We have fantastic links with land owners and estates in the local area which means you'll be able to gain full practical experience and knowledge of the tree-based sector.

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: 17 November 2017
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    • The main Plumpton College site is located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park. Six miles from Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex.

      The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

      The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventure) and Wine and Viticulture.