Level 2 Diploma

Countryside and Environment

An all-round introductory qualification that’s great for people who have a passion for conservation and want to gain specialist skills working in the countryside. The course is designed to offer you a broad base of knowledge and practical skills in countryside management and environmental conservation.

This is an ideal practical pathway to prepare you for further study or employment in the countryside or related industries.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Forestry skills
  • Game management
  • Work experience
  • Fishery management
  • Land based business
  • Estate skills
  • Field trips
  • Visiting speakers
  • Using machinery
  • Careers advice
  • Additional qualification: NPTC in Brush Cutters
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Countryside ranger
  • Conservation worker
  • Country estate worker
  • Countryside/conservation contractor
  • Wildlife education officer
Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards additional NPTC qualifications, including:

  • Brush cutters
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Ryan Wood

Ambition: Coastal ranger

School: Meole Brace Science College, Shrewsbury

Age: 17

An outdoor enthusiast, Ryan cares passionately about the environment and is determined to help preserve it for future generations.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was a park ranger in Snowdonia, Ryan has made the most of the many practical projects offered as part of his course including working alongside qualified staff on important nature reserves like Bickerton Hill and Delamere Forest. He’s also enjoyed work experience with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, a group he joined when he was six years old.

Ryan has learned countryside management techniques like hedgelaying, tree planting and brash clearance and  helped to gather in the fish at Coole Acres Fishery for a health check using seine netting. He’s also gained useful experience working with school groups.

Although he’s dyslexic, Ryan has been well supported and has enjoyed his theory sessions, finding lectures on estate management and environmental business particularly useful if he wanted to set up his own business.

Moving onto our Level 3 qualification, Ryan says: “I like the mix of practical and theory sessions but the best thing about Reaseheath is its friendly atmosphere. You’re made to feel really welcome.”