If you love the outdoors and are passionate about working within the land and wildlife sector, then this course is for you. This course is an ideal introduction to the rural industries, giving you an overview of every aspect of countryside management. You’ll learn the specialist technical and practical skills you need to start your career in countryside management, supported by detailed knowledge of the land and wildlife industry. Our Lackham campus is set in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, providing the perfect, immersive environment for you to gain realistic experience of your future career. This includes woodlands, wetlands, other semi-natural habitats, a commercial shoot and a deer park. Your learning will be embedded into the Lackham estate and farm, where a wide range of resources make every day unique, and every lesson a step towards your career.
What will I learn?
You’ll be actively involved in managing and developing the Lackham estate, picking up crucial estate skills necessary for gamekeeping and conservation.
You’ll assist in creating and cultivating habitats for wildlife and will learn green woodcraft skills and understand how to use a range of tools and equipment which you will be using throughout your career. You’ll also use land-based machinery like tractors and quad bikes.
You will undertake field projects and surveys for deer, birds, fish and other native British mammals all found on the Lackham estate. You’ll be looking after pheasants, ducks and partridges, learning about how different species interact in a habitat.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Assessment is by written and practical assignments, and industry-based assessments.
An Industry Placement is a fundamental part of this course. The placement gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience for your future. You will be supported throughout your placement by our dedicated Work Placement Team.
The final qualification for the course is City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife.
• 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English, maths and science (or equivalent).
• An interview, if required.
Additional Costs and Information
Practical clothing is available to purchase from the online College shop and must be worn during all practical sessions.
You will need to supply your own protective clothing such as a waterproof coat, overalls, leggings, safety wellingtons/work boots and gloves.
Structured visits and field trips are an important feature of this course: you will need to contribute towards the costs of travel and ticket entry.
What Could I Do Next?
You could progress onto a specialist Level 3 pathway in Gamekeeping, Animal Management or Agriculture.