Course: BTEC Level 3 in Countryside Management (Game)

Department: Countryside and Environmental Studies

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

This new 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 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, dependent on your qualifications.

  • One-year Extended Certificate 
  • One-year Subsidiary / 90 Credit Diploma
  • Two-year 120 Credit Diploma
  • Two-year Extended Diploma.

What You Study

  • Principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
  • Estate skills
  • Deer management
  • Pest and predator control
  • Shoot management
  • Stalking and shooting deer
  • Work experience and employability skills
  • English and Maths, as required.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent. One satisfactory reference is also needed.

Inese Martukane

BTEC Level 3 in Countryside Management

“I think it is very friendly at Bishop Burton and I’ve been made to feel so welcome. I’m so pleased I came here.”