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Countryside & Environment Intermediate (Level 2)

Countryside management Shuttleworth College students and red poll cattle


Countryside & Environment Intermediate (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

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Course information

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Entry requirements

3 GCSEs grades 9-3 OR equivalent qualification at Level 1.

What qualifications will I gain?
  • Land-based Studies BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma
  • Countryside & Environment BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma
  • English and maths qualifications if required
How will I be assessed?

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.

Course content

What will I study?

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
  • Habitat Maintenance
  • Countryside access and recreation

English and maths:

If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade 9-4, 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

Next steps

On completion of this study programme you could progress onto Land Management & Production T Level,  Countryside & Wildlife Management Advanced Level 3Ornamental Horticulture & Landscaping T Level 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/visits.

Any questions?

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Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 16/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

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 might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

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: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.