Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

Cannington Campus.

Who is the course for?

This is an ideal entry qualification for people wishing to gain an understanding of the basic principles and practices of countryside and the environment, with a view to ultimately gaining employment in the industry, or progressing to Level 3.

This course offers a great opportunity to develop core conservation and countryside practical skills.

What does the course involve?

The course is divided into a number of modules (up to a total of 60 credits):

  • Ecology
  • Basic principles of plant science
  • Basic principles of soil science
  • Work experience
  • Land-based business
  • British habitats 

This course is delivered through classroom-based lessons, practical sessions and tutorials.

What makes this course special?

  • The practical elements of the course are delivered both on the extensive 400 acre estate and off-site in the Somerset landscape
  • Course tutors and lecturers are all professional practitioners And qualified teachers
  • Students carry out duties in the College estate and grounds to enhance practical skills taught in classes
  • The opportunity to develop skills through a minimum of 150 hours of work experience. Visits to various habitats and the surrounding landscape

Placements/Work Placements

  • 150 hours over the duration of the course
  • Normally placements are carried out for one day per week and there is also the opportunity for a block placement in the spring term
  • Students will be supported in finding their placement, but we would encourage students to seek a provider independently in the first instance
  • National Trust, RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, local companies, Natural England

Entry Requirements

  • At least four GCSEs in the C – E or 4 - 3 range including English, or an appropriate Level 1 qualification
  • Entry will also be subject to a successful interview

What are the assessment methods?

  • Practical assessments
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Projects

How long is the course?

One year full time.

What are the College attendance requirements?

  • 16 hours per week over 36 weeks
  • Recommended 6 – 8 hours per week should be spent on self-directed study
  • Recommended one day per week to complete the minimum 150 hours work experience (over course of the year)

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • Clothing appropriate for practical work and steel toe cap boots – approx. £70
  • Field trips – approx. £50

What are the progression options?

  • Progress with further practical experience to craftsman positions within the sector, including private estates, National Trust, nature reserves, government and non-government organisations, charities, contractors and possibly self-employment
  • Alternatively progression to the Level 3 Diploma in Countryside Management


Self-employed contractor; Environment Agency, Level 3 student, reserve assistant, ranger, warden and organisations as above.

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