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).
- 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).
One or two years full-time, depending on pathway. Three days per week normally in college and one day in work placement.
Work as a countryside ranger, warden, conservation advisor, community manager, project development officer, conservation scientist and many more.
Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma.
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.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: I really like the location. It is close to major cities and historic market towns, yet on the doorstep of some outstanding landscapes, like the Yorkshire Wolds, North Yorkshire Moors and North Sea coastline. I also love the fantastic library and range of resources. It is a great environment to study in.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The many fascinating modules on the course, including those which I did not think I would be as interested in at the start. I love learning new knowledge about the countryside each day.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I want to work in the outdoors in a role that is linked to travelling, the environment and conservation.