Countryside & Environment

Countryside & Environment

This countryside qualification is for anyone interested in a career maintaining the countryside environment. You may be just starting out or taking a break from a job to get some valuable training.

This qualification will give you the edge if you are looking to develop a career in sustainable land management techniques working on a farm, country estate, or for a local authority.

You don’t need any previous qualifications or experience to get started. At Level 2 you can be under 16. To take a Level 3 qualification you need to be 16 or over.

At Level 2 you’ll get an introduction to important topics in countryside and environmental work. This is combined with work experience where you can gain practical skills on the job.

At Level 3 you’ll gain an in-depth insight into the techniques and science of countryside management. You might cover things like soil science and ecological conservation. You’ll also gain plenty of practical experience in your choice of skills, from running wildlife surveys to managing forests.

You’ll learn with your tutor through practical sessions, group discussions or assignments.

You’ll be assessed on assignments, one for each unit you complete.

Which level is right for me?

Level 2
You may be new to countryside and environment work or have some knowledge and basic skills. You want to develop your skills, perhaps to start work as a park ranger or estates assistant or prepare for further training.

To earn this qualification, you choose from a range of optional and mandatory units, including:

  • Introduction to boundary habitat conservation
  • Undertaking ecological surveys and techniques
  • Understanding ecology of trees, woods and forests
  • Introduction to environmental studies

Level 3 
You may have some experience in countryside and environment work or have gained your Level 2 qualification. You want to develop the skills to be a more senior worker or manager working in the countryside, or to prepare for higher-level training.

To earn this qualification, you must choose from a range of optional and mandatory units, including:

  • Wildlife population surveys, ecology and conservation
  • Undertaking estate skills
  • Undertaking woodland habitat management
  • Undertake an investigative project in the land-based sector
  • Farm habitat management
  • Understand environmental processes

What careers can it lead to?

The Level 2 qualification could lead to employment opportunities in the following types of businesses:

  • wildlife trust
  • estate
  • environmental agency/organisation
  • environmental body.

You could get a job working as a:

  • estate worker
  • ranger
  • conservation worker
  • community officer
  • education officer.

The Level 3 qualification allows you to progress into employment. You might progress into work as:

  • Estate Manager
  • Park Ranger
  • Technical Advisor/Consultant
  • Habitat Manager
  • Water Bailiff
  • Environment Officer

How long will this qualification take?

Level 2 Certificate     

  • 28 weeks at 1 day per week/ 14 weeks at 2 days per week This qualification includes important work experience gained with the Sustainable Land Trust
  • 17 weeks at 1 day per week/ 8 weeks at 2 days per week for those gaining on-the job work experience.

Level 2 Diploma

  • 110 weeks at 1 day per week/ 55 weeks at 2 days per week. This qualification includes important work experience gained with the Sustainable Land Trust.
  • 65 weeks at 1 day per week or 32 weeks for those gaining on-the job work experience.

Level 3 Certificate

  • 55 weeks at 1 day per week/ 27 weeks at 2 days per week. This qualification includes important work experience gained with the Sustainable Land Trust.
  • 32 weeks at 1 day per week or 16 weeks for those gaining on-the job work experience.

Level 3 Diploma

  • 220 weeks at 1 day per week/ 110 weeks 2 days per week. This qualification includes important work experience gained with the Sustainable Land Trust
  • 130 weeks at 1 day per week/ 65 weeks 2 days per week for those gaining on-the job work experience

This qualification can be offered at a wider range of levels requiring fewer or more days of study. Please enquire for further details.

Please note: the above details are based on the minimum amount of time needed to complete the qualifications including work experience.  The actual time may vary depending upon the learner’s needs and abilities. This qualification is suitable for those already in work and can be combined with work experience gained on the job.  In this case the time to complete the qualification is shorter.

Is this course certified?

  • Yes, you will receive a City & Guilds Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in Countryside & Environment

Which days of the week is this offered?

  • Weekdays throughout the year. 

Do I need any special clothing or equipment?

  • You will need overalls and steel toe cap boots, which we can order for you.  All other equipment and personal protective equipment is provided

Where will it take place?

  • You will be based at the Humboldt Field Studies Centre and will work across the wider farm and in the community working on various projects.

Typical Group Size

  • Group sizes will vary but will generally be no less than 6 learners

How much does this qualification cost?

  • Please enquire for details