Countryside Management BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

Fascinated by British wild animals, stunning trees, woodlands and fields of wildflowers? Want to learn more about them and get a job in a relevant area? Then this course could get you a job working for organisations such as the National Parks and National Trust.

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2 Years


September 2020 start


Conservation of our environment is more important than ever before with the concerns that human impact has on our world.  You will carry out surveys in woodlands, rivers, ponds, peat bogs and farms, learning about our native wildlife and their habitats in much more detail than covered on the level 2 course, equipping you for a ranger job in the future.  If you want to go into a conservation or environmental career, this course is for you.

You will learn to be responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of a country park or National Park and learn fencing, path construction and maintenance, hedge laying, gate and stile construction and pond or river maintenance.

You will study 10 mandatory units:

  • Professional working responsibilities
  • Plant and soil science
  • Countryside recreation and business
  • Work experience in land-based sectors
  • Estate skills
  • Managing environmental habitats
  • Woodland management
  • Wildlife ecology
  • Land-based machinery operations
  • Countryside recreation

You will also study 4 of 12 optional units, including:

  • Countryside recreation
  • Identification, planting and care of trees
  • Water quality management
  • Tree felling and chainsaw safety
  • Freshwater and wetland management

The course involves a work placement.  You could, for example, work as a countryside ranger volunteer at a country park, the RSPB, the National Trust or the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust where you will gain a valuable insight into what the job entails.  These work placements will help raise your profile in the conservation organisations and our students have often gained work directly from these.

For both level 2 and level 3 courses we offer the opportunity for a week-long field trip.  In the past we have been to Dorset, southern Ireland, Hadrian's Wall, the Lake District and Robin Hood's Bay.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades:

  • English at 4 or above and Maths at 3 or above, and
  • three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed with tutorials, orals, written assignments and practical work.


You can go on to study a Higher National Diploma in Countryside Management at University.

You could enter employment in the field of landscaping and conservation.

Fees & Funding

If you’re a full time student under the age of 19 you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees.

You may need to pay for some essential costs for this course, these include protective boots and waterproofs. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties, contact student support services on 0500 162100.


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    Start date

    2020-09-02 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2021-06-27 00:00:00.000



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    Kirklees College