Study Mode: Full Time
Course Code: AGBAA031BCF0
Course Level: Level 2
The Countryside and Environmental course allows you to gain knowledge and experience in countryside management and investigate natural and managed environments incorporating both plants and animals.
It is an ideal qualification for those looking to pursue a varied active career in aspects such as countryside or parkland management, conservation, ecological surveying and British habitats and wildlife.
Careers within this sector include countryside ranger/warden, parks ranger, wildlife or environmental education officer and rural tourism.
Throughout your studies, you will cover a number of modules:
- Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries: Gain work experience within the colleges gardens and wildlife area as well as visiting local parks, reserves and National Trust properties.
- Environmental and Land-based Business: Investigate businesses in the countryside and environmental sector and the trends and factors affecting this industry.
- Participate in Providing Estate Maintenance: Develop your knowledge and practical skills to enable you to successfully maintain a variety of environments and habitats including; fencing, correct tool and machine use and maintenance and ground clearance.
- Conservation and Improvement of British Habitats: Learn about the wide range of UK environments and threats they face as well as actively managing and improving habitats.
- Undertaking Ecological Surveys and Techniques: Carry out ecological surveys of plants and animals using a range of methods and interpret results.
- Establish and Maintain Plants Outdoors: Develop your knowledge and practical skills of ground preparation, planting, plant maintenance and health to apply to the improvement of the countryside and environment.
The modules are selected to provide learning and experience within a variety of environments and develop you skills and knowledge to help manage and conserve these environments.
You will be required to spend the equivalent of three days per week in College.
The course will be delivered through a range of onsite theory and practical sessions as well as trips to other establishments and habitats. If you need to continue with your English and Maths you may need to attend college on a 4th day.
You will also be required when not in lessons to spend time in private study and complete assessments (this can be at college or home).
On successful completion you will gain a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment (QCF)
You will be assessed using a range of assessment methods including assignments, practical observations and presentations.
Students are given the opportunity to achieve Pass, Merit or Distinction grades within their work and then an overall grade for the qualification.
Complete the application form (paper or online).
You will be then required to attend a successful interview and meet the entry requirements.
Minimum qualifications for this course are:
Two GCSE passes at grade D/3 or above in Science, English or Maths
- Mature learners or career changers are welcome (entry will be on an individual basis and will take into account qualifications and experience)
- Work-based Diploma Level 1 in a Land-based /Environmental subject e.g. animal care, horticulture, countryside and environment
- A suitable reference from your previous/current tutor or employer
- A successful interview
- Interest/enthusiasm for countryside and environmental conservation
Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life.
Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.
If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards a GCSE grade C/4+.
If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.
Solihull College is an inclusive and diverse learning environment offering full-time and part time courses to people from anywhere in the UK and overseas.
You will need to purchase a pair of steel toe cap boots, College polo shirt and have suitable outdoor clothing.
There will also be some cost for trips to other establishments (this will be discussed on interview and induction)
Providing you successfully complete the course with the appropriate grade and a good reference, you could look to progress onto a level 3 qualification in Countryside and Environment, Animal Management or Horticulture.
Alternatively you could gain employment or an apprenticeship within the industry.
Solihull College, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, B91 1SB Tel: 0121 678 7000 Minicom: 0121 628 7005 Email: email@example.com Internet: www.solihull.ac.uk
Not Applicable to 16-18 year olds