Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

Cannington Campus.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of the countryside, wildlife and conservation industry - encompassing practical techniques, technical skills and core knowledge.

It will prepare learners for a range of careers from entry level to supervisory and management positions depending on relevant experience.  It suits school leavers, progressing Level 2 students, career changers and mature students and caters for wide interests within the industry.

What does the course involve?

The course is divided into a number of modules delivered across two years of study.

Year One units:

  • Health and Safety
  • Land Based Machinery
  • Estate Skills
  • Countryside Recreation
  • Ecology
  • Coastal Management
  • Aquatics ecosystems
  • Aquatics welfare
  • Greenwood Crafts

 Year Two units:

  • Specialist project
  • Business Management
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Physical and Biological Processes
  • Environmental Interpretation
  • Fresh water and Wetland management
  • Archaeology and landscape history
  • Woodland habitat management
  • Ecological Concepts

In addition 150 hours of relevant work experience in each year of the course.

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;
  • The opportunity to develop your skills through a minimum of 300 hours of work experience;
  • Visits, practical work and field trips to various habitats and landscapes.

Placements/Work Placements

  • 300 hours over the duration of the course -150 hours per year
  • 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 Parks, AONB’s, Wildlife Trusts, contractors, charities, private and public sectors.

Entry Requirements

Learners will need to have completed a Level 2 qualification in Countryside Management or equivalent achieved at a minimum of Merit, and GCSE English and Maths in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range.

Direct entry is possible if they possess five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range including English and Maths.

Entry is also subject to a successful interview and references if appropriate.

What are the assessment methods?

  • Practical assessments
  • Written assignments
  • Examinations and online testing
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Assessments are graded as pass, merit or distinctions.

How long is the course?

Two years. 

What are the College attendance requirements?

  • You will need a minimum course attendance of 90%
  • 16 hours per week over 36 weeks
  • Recommended 8 – 10 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 each year).

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • Appropriate clothing for practical work including steel toe capped boots – approx £70
  • Day field trips  £40

What are the progression options?

The course provides an ideal progression route to higher education opportunities including FdSc study programmes at Cannington Centre.

 It suits school leavers, progressing Level 2 students, career changers and mature students and caters for wide interests within the industry.


  • Self-employed contractor
  • Environment Agency
  • Reserve assistant
  • Ranger
  • Warden

Awarding Body

City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma.

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