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Countryside & Environment (Level 2)

This study programme will cover the foundation knowledge and skills needed for you to progress on to a Level 3 qualification, including estate maintenance, machinery maintenance, conservation, animal and plant husbandry, game management and preparation for work.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 year 
  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 ideally including English & maths OR 
  • Agriculture or Countryside at Level 1 

Duration: 2 years 

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 ideally including English & maths  and a keen interest in Countryside 
  • Other relevant levels of qualification or experience  will be considered

Course content

Areas of study on this programme are varied and will allow you to develop the practical skills and knowledge required to begin work in the countryside and environment sector or progress to further study. Throughout the study programme you will continue to develop your skills in English and Maths. 

Year 1 Subject Units will include:

  • Being organised
  • Developing a personal progression plan 
  • Working with others
  • Researching a topic
  • Finding out about the land based sector
  • Caring for and feeding animals
  • Moving and accommodating animals
  • Growing plants
  • Caring for and keeping plants healthy
  • Using workshop tools in a land based setting

Year 2 Subject Units will include:

  • Introduction to working in land based industries
  • Introduction to plant and soil sciences
  • Countryside work placement
  • Habitat maintenance
  • Land based machinery operations
  • Countryside estate maintenance
English and maths:
If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work experience:
You will undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries

Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 

Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 

You will also be given the opportunity to take part in a number of trips. You will also study to achieve the following additional qualifications: 

  • Tractor driving
  • Health and safety

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses; a variety of methods of assessment will be used, including presentation, case studies, assignments and practical assessments.


• Land-based Studies BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma 

• Countryside & Environment BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma

• English and maths qualifications if required

Further study and career options

On completion of this study programme you could progress onto a Level 3 Land-Based course, or find employment in the Agriculture, Fisheries or Countryside & Environment industry.

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

To take part in this course you will be required to provide clothing suitable for working outdoors, including steel-toe capped boots and overalls for practical sessions. There will be an additional fee of £60 for required materials, and £200 for non-compulsory trips trips/visits.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year or 2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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