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.

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

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.

Work Experience

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk

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:

Either:

  • 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 2019

Duration:

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. 

Modules

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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