Level 2

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It’ll open up opportunities to you in countryside management, estate management and forestry.

You’ll get to enjoy a fantastic combination of practical and theory sessions all based at our brilliant facilities at Plumpton. You’ll discover a wide range of rural industries and habitats throughout the modules.


Abby Lamb

These are a suite of level 2 qualifications (equivalent to GCSE level) which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop the countryside skills you need.

Level 2 Certificate: you choose 2 subjects to study
Level 2 Extended Certificate: you choose 4 subjects to study
Level 2 Diploma: you complete all 6 subjects

The course is offered at Ivyland Farm as well as Plumpton. This programme is designed for those who are interested in a successful career working in the countryside.

It has a mixture of theory and practical sessions where you will learn about the wide range of rural industries and habitats, as well as develop practical skills in a range of subjects such as, forestry, countryside management, gamekeeping and estate skills.

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC First at the level studied (outlined above) in Environmental Conservation
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • Additional Work Related Qualifications
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths
Entry Requirements:


  • You’ll need to have achieved 2 GCSEs between Grade 9-3 previous grade structure A-D)
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course, having studied English and Maths at GCSE

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Dates & Location:

September 2018 


Between 2 and 4 days per week depending on the level studied. 

I've always been interested in wildlife and spending time at Plumpton has meant that I have been able to take part in work experience with Natural England on a nearby nature reserve.

Charles Jennings

Student, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management

Future Opportunities

After completing your course, you can choose to go on to study a Level 3 in Countryside Management, Fish Management or Game Management at Plumpton.

Alternatively you’ll have the skills to find employment in game and countryside-related industries. 


Indicative Programme Content

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:

  • Work related experience in the countryside sector *
  • Environment and land based business *
  • Estate maintenance
  • Conservation and improvement of British habitats
  • Introduction to countryside access and recreation
  • Introduction to environmental studies
  • Game management (optional)
  • Tractor driving
  • Deer management (optional)
  • English & Maths

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