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Countryside and Environment BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Stafford College

Course description

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma is a practical, work-related course.  You learn by completing assessments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.  It introduces you to employment in the Countryside industry and provides a good basis to go onto a more advanced work-related qualification

Course content

The course is divided into two core units:

  • Work Related Experience in Land-based Industries
  • Environmental and Land-based Business


And the four following specialist units:

  • Participate in Providing Estate Maintenance
  • Conservation and Improvement of British Habitats
  • Introduction to Agriculture and Conservation
  • Plant and Animal Husbandry


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 1 qualification in an environmental and land-based subject or a related vocational area
  • A standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to four GCSE’s at grades D-G
  • Other related Level 1 qualifications
  • Related work experience


You will be assessed on a continuous basis as you progress through the units on your course.  Practical assessments, work books, tests, short assignments and presentations will be used.  There are 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 a number day trips and countryside related activities for which there will be a cost of £30.  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 2 Diploma is equivalent to four GCSEs grade A* - C and is a nationally recognised qualification which will help you to enter employment in the countryside/environmental industry.  Opportunities can include Assistant Countryside Ranger/Warden, an Assistant Estate worker or working for an Environmental Contractor.


Alternatively you could progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management. This is a two year course which could lead onto Higher Education or employment on completion.

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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