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Land and Wildlife Management (Countryside)- Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma at Plumpton College

Course description

This advanced level course helps you to handle complex issues that happen in rural areas due to tourism and development of the countryside. It’ll give you a great understanding of scientific principles faced within the countryside industry.

You’ll find this course really interesting, enjoying a mix of coursework and practical hands-on sessions within our excellent site at Plumpton. You’ll be able to add knowledge of the necessary principles and legislation required to your list of abilities.

These are a suite of level 3 qualifications which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your understanding of the environment and develop practical countryside management skills.

The countryside sector needs people who understand both the science and the practicalities required to manage the many conflicting demands on rural areas. This course aims to prepare you for the task of successful countryside management.

Through coursework and industry experience, supported by one of the countryside organisations, you will gain an understanding of scientific principles, legislation and practical skills that are needed for employment or progression to higher education.

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Diploma in Countryside Management
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • Additional work related qualifications e.g. ATV Quad Bike and Chainsaw Operation
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and Maths

Course content

Year 1

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You’ll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include:

  • Physical & biological environmental processes
  • Principles of wildlife populations ecology & conservation *
  • Estate construction & repair *
  • Work related experience *
  • Principles of plant science
  • Principles of soil science
  • Greenwood crafts
  • Investigative project
  • Woodland habitat management
  • Environmental interpretation
  • Tree planting & aftercare
  • English & Maths

(* compulsory units for some Diploma levels only)

Year 2
  • Land based machinery operations
  • Freshwater & wetland management
  • Investigative project study *
  • Farm habitat management
  • Planning woodland management
  • Heathland management
  • Conservation grazing
  • Archaeology & landscape history
  • Ecological concepts and applications
  • English & maths

(* compulsory units for some Diploma levels only)


Entry requirements


  • You’ll need to have achieved 4 GCSEs between Grade A-C (new grades 9-4) including English, Maths and a Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 2 qualification
  • 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

Following satisfactory completion of the programme, students may progress on to the Foundation Degree in Countryside Management or work in a countryside related organisation.

  • Employment as ranger or estates officer with one of the many wildlife charities such as RSPB, Wildlife Trust or with the National Trust.
  • Self-employed gardening, woodland management, green wood products craftsman.
  • Self-employed interpretation facilitator taking clients on guided walks, species ID courses and bushcraft.
  • Seasonal short-term contracts in habitat conservation.

Further information

Course duration is 3 days per week for 2 years.


  • With over 800 hectares at your disposal, we’ve got excellent facilities for you to develop your knowledge and practical skills.
  • On our College estate alone, you’ve got ancient semi-natural woodlands, chalk downland, our commercial farm, plus a network of small streams.
  • You’ll also enjoy time at our dedicated wood workshops which are fully equipped with the latest technology and equipment.

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: 16 October 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.