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 nationally recognised industry qualifications, awarded by NPTC. This may include qualifications such as chainsaw and brush-cutter licences.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 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 bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 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.

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Student Profile
Lewis Twigg

Level 2 Diploma in Countryside Management

School: Sir Thomas Boteler High School, Warrington

Next step: Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Game)

Ambition: Head gamekeeper

“I’ve always enjoyed country pursuits and I think game keeping combines high level sport with the best in conservation.

“The Level 2 Diploma has been great preparation for my next course in game management. We’ve had practical experiences like building bridges and steps in country estates, and we’ve also studied the countryside environment and what we can do to conserve it. I’ve also earned my NPTC brushcutter licence, which will help massively on my CV.

“My lecturers have been really supportive and are always there to help. They want you to succeed and have a future and a career.”