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You’ll enjoy a mixture of interesting theory lessons and lots of fantastic practical sessions where you’ll learn all about the wide range of rural industries and habitats.

This course also gives you a sound background in countryside management, estate skills and game keeping.

These are a suite of level 2 qualifications 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 complete 2 subjects to study
Level 2 Extended Certificate: you complete 4 subjects to study
Level 2 Diploma: you complete all 6 subjects

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 including 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 including Deer Stalking Certificates (DSC Level 1)
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English & maths
Entry Requirements:


  • You’ll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs between Grade 9-3 (previous grade structure A-C)
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 qualification plus GCSE English and Maths

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Dates & Location:

September 2018


1 year, full time

3 days per week


We’ve got the perfect location for you here at Plumpton, in fact there are over 800 hectares of land on our estate. You’ll be able to put all of your skills into practice and develop your understanding of estate management.

  • Discover our blocks of woodland on-site

As you build your skills, you’ll be able to manage our six drives for the on-site commercial shoot.

  • We’re managed under the environmental stewardship scheme

You’ll learn how to measure the benefits on our estate, ensuring our habitats support game and other species that live there.

  • Experience our excellent on-site bird facilities

We’ve got a dedicated workshop and classrooms where you’ll be able to discover our superb incubators and hatchery equipment.

  • Opportunities to experience shows and other events

During your time at Plumpton, you’ll also build your skills in working with gun dogs; entering shows and inter college clay days.

Future Opportunities

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

Alternatively you’ll have the skills to find employment in game and countryside-related industries including as an Estate Worker, Park Ranger or Under Keeper.


Course Programme

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 and improvement of British habitats
  • Land based machinery operations
  • Game management
  • Deer management
  • English & Maths
  • Environmental and land based business *
  • Undertake work related experience *
  • Participate in providing estate maintenance

(* compulsory units for Diploma only)

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