Course: BTEC Level 3 in Countryside Management

Department: Countryside and Environmental Studies

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

You will carry out a mixture of practical and theoretical work and benefit from industry experience from organisations including Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB. The sprawling estate of Bishop Burton College will also be used as a natural classroom as you build your knowledge and skills in this area. Students spend 300 hours on work placement.


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

  • One-year Extended Certificate
  • One-year Foundation Diploma
  • Two-year Diploma
  • Two-year Extended Diploma.

What You Study

  • Principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
  • Estate skills
  • Plant and soil science
  • Habitat management
  • Fishery management
  • Coastal management
  • Work experience and employability skills
  • English and Maths, as required.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade C or 4 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.