Level 3

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This advanced level course helps you to handle complex issues that happen in rural areas due to tourism and development of the countryside. It’ll give you a great understanding of scientific principles faced within the countryside industry.

You’ll find this course really interesting, enjoying a mix of coursework and practical hands-on sessions within our excellent site at Plumpton. You’ll be able to add knowledge of the necessary principles and legislation required to your list of abilities.

These are a suite of level 3 qualifications which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your understanding of the environment and develop practical countryside management skills.

Level 3 Certificate: you complete 3 subjects to study
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma: you complete 6 subjects to study
Level 3 Diploma: you complete 12 subject areas
Level 3 Extended Diploma: you complete all 18 subject areas

The countryside sector needs people who understand both the science and the practicalities required to manage the many conflicting demands on rural areas. This course aims to prepare you for the task of successful countryside management.

Through coursework and industry experience, supported by one of the countryside organisations, you will gain an understanding of scientific principles, legislation and practical skills that are needed for employment or progression to higher education.


Abby Lamb

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Diploma in Countryside Management
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • Additional work related qualifications e.g. ATV Quad Bike and Chainsaw Operation
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and Maths
Entry Requirements:


  • You’ll need to have achieved 4 GCSEs between Grade 9-4 (previous grade structure A-C) including English, Maths and a Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 2 qualification

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

Following satisfactory completion of the programme, students may progress on to the Foundation Degree in Countryside Management or work in a countryside related organisation.

  • Employment as ranger or estates officer with one of the many wildlife charities such as RSPB, Wildlife Trust or with the National Trust.
  • Self-employed gardening, woodland management, green wood products craftsman.
  • Self-employed interpretation facilitator taking clients on guided walks, species ID courses and bushcraft.
  • Seasonal short-term contracts in habitat conservation.


Year 1

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:

  • Physical & biological environmental processes
  • Principles of wildlife populations ecology & conservation *
  • Estate construction & repair *
  • Work related experience *
  • Principles of plant science
  • Principles of soil science
  • Greenwood crafts
  • Investigative project
  • Woodland habitat management
  • Environmental interpretation
  • Tree planting & aftercare
  • English & Maths

(* compulsory units for some Diploma levels only)

Year 2

  • Land based machinery operations
  • Freshwater & wetland management
  • Investigative project study *
  • Farm habitat management
  • Planning woodland management
  • Heathland management
  • Conservation grazing
  • Archaeology & landscape history
  • Ecological concepts and applications
  • English & maths

(* compulsory units for some Diploma levels only)

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