Environmental Studies & Conservation

City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate

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It's the perfect course if you are considering a career in countryside management, estate management or 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.

It has a mixture of theoretical 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. 

Careers Hub

We offer impartial careers guidance to all of our students, email careers@plumpton.ac.uk to explore your next step or to book an appointment – we’re here to help.

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

  • City & Guilds at the level studied (outlined above) in Land & Wildlife
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • Additional Work Related Qualifications
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths

Course details

Dates & Location

September 2023


Between 2 and 4 days per week depending on the level studied over 1 year. 


If you will be over 19 on the start date of your course you maybe required to pay tuition fees. Please contact enquiries@plumpton.ac.uk to confirm.

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

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:

  • Conservation of British Habitats
  • Machinery Operations
  • Estate Skills
  • Heath and Safety
  • Work Experience
  • Species Identification and surveying
  • Land and Countryside use
  • Environmental Conservation

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