BTEC Level 3 in Countryside Management :: Bishop Burton College

Course: BTEC Level 3 in Countryside Management

Department: Countryside and Environmental Studies

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies. It identifies knowledge, understanding and technical skills that employers will need from you entering the countryside and environmental sector in the coming years.

There are three main forms of assessment to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

Work experience forms a large part of the study programme with learners needing to complete over 300 hours off-site work experience. This has to be undertaken in an area related area to your main qualification and learners are expected to secure this prior to commencing the course if possible.


A range of pathways are available, determined by your qualifications.

  • Extended Certificate (one year)
  • Foundation Diploma (one year)
  • Diploma (two years)
  • Extended Diploma (two years).

What You Study

  • Woodland management
  • Wildlife ecology and conservation management
  • Countryside estate skills activities
  • Identification, planting and care of trees
  • Professional working responsibilities
  • Work experience
  • Maths and / or English (if not achieved at grade 4).

How To Apply

Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma.

Richie Norris

BTEC Level 3 in Countryside Management

Richie spent three years working in manual labour before deciding to return to education to improve his prospects. He is a volunteer with Natural England and his interests include bird watching, sports and keeping fit.