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Level 1 Countryside & the Environment


Pathways to Land Based Studies

Study Mode

Full Time

Start Date



1 year

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Course Overview

If you love nature and would like to pursue a career working in this area, this course is the perfect starting point. Delivered at Lackham, our specialist campus for land-based study, the course covers a wide range of topics relating to countryside and the environment. You’ll get hands-on experience on our estate working within our 1600-acre estate as your classroom developing your practical skills. The Lackham estate is home to a range of typical lowland, wetlands, ancient woodlands and farmlands. You will combine academic study with practical activities to build your confidence, develop your knowledge and get the foundations for a rewarding career in a Land Based Sector, such as estate management, grounds person, gardener and conservation.

What will I learn?

On this course you’ll gain knowledge and skills in Countryside and the Environment through both theory lessons and exciting practical opportunities. You will take part in work experience on the Lackham estate, including the grounds, and complete units such as using land based machinery, workshop & tools, sowing & growing plants. You will also develop your knowledge, skills & behaviours, in a nurturing and supportive environment, to work with others, how to be organised and to develop a personal plan for your next steps.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

You will be assessed by a combination of written assignments, workbooks, class exercises and practical assessments. You will also be expected to complete a suitable work placement.

The final qualification on successful completion of the course is Level 1 BTEC Award, Certificate or Diploma Introductory to Land based (Subject to Initial assessment).

Entry Requirements

Usual entry requirements are 4 GCSEs at grade 1 or 2 or equivalent experience, but entry is determined on an individualised basis and subject to an interview.

Additional Costs and Information

Practical clothing must be worn during all practical sessions and is available to purchase from the online College shop. You will also need to supply your own personal protective equipment (Steel Toe Cap Boots and Overalls).

In addition, there will be some costs for trips and visits to shows, these are an important aspect of the programme, enabling you to discover the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the sector.

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