Level 1

Land and Environmental Studies Diploma


If you’re interested in finding out about agriculture, horticulture and the countryside, this is the course for you.

You’ll be introduced to the land based industry and enjoy working with our farm animals, gardens, wildlife and growing plants.

You’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as well as develop your personal and social skills, helping you to progress on to further study or work.

What will I study?

  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries 
  • Develop performance in land-based industries 
  • Assist with the care of animals  
  • Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals 
  • You will complete a 3 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

These units are subject to change. 

How long will it take?

  • 1 year

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need exam passes to start but you do need to be at entry level 3 in literacy and numeracy
  • You will have at least one interview and an assessment of your literacy and numeracy and support needs before you are offered a place

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • A wide range of land and environment based jobs, such as working with animals, conservation or farming
  • Combine work with training on an Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship in an agriculture or horticulture based career

Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture 2019 

Level 2 Diploma in Land and Environment 2020  

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Conservation) 2022 

Ambition: Ranger / grounds maintenance  

“I’ve accessed the LSC right through my college journey. The team were amazing. I have Asperger’s and dyslexia but the team explained the best way of doing my work, and if I needed anything they sorted it out. I gained so much confidence that when I finished my Level 3 course I won the Most Improved Student award! 

“I’m now interviewing for jobs and looking forward to starting my career.”