Level 2 Countryside Skills

Careers, Not Just Courses

Countryside Management

If you're interested in practical land management, habitat conservation and ecology, a BMC Countryside Management course is perfect for you!
The Brooksby Campus is perfect for studying a course in Countryside Management as we're able to provide a practical focus, combining theory with hands-on experience on a wide range of sites, including our 850 acre Brooksby Estate.

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: 1 Year (full-time)
  • Location: Brooksby
  • Fees: This course is fully funded for school leavers.
    If you are a mature student, a fee may apply. Please contact us for more information.

Your future

If you love the outdoors and working with the natural world, this course is for you!

Our Countryside Management students have gone on to work in a range of careers in the great outdoors, such as becoming a park ranger, ecologist, estate manager, environmental educator, or a conservation officer.

Upon successful completion of this Level 2 course, students may progress onto a Level 3 land-based course here at SMB College Group. Alternatively, students may wish to progress onto an apprenticeship or into employment within the industry.

Our Level 3 (2 year) courses allow students to progress on to University to study subjects such as ecology, wildlife conservation, countryside management or environmental management.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade D/3 or above including English OR Level 1 Land-based Studies (or similar) and Entry 3 Functional Skills.

If you miss the English and/or Maths requirements of your course, don’t worry – there are options to study these alongside your course. Click here to find out more.

Adult students are welcome to apply.

Typical Topics

You will study a combination of units including:

  • Undertaking work related experience in the Land Based industries
  • Environmental and Land Based Business
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Providing Estate Maintenance
  • Conservation and Improvement of British Habitats
  • Introduction to Agriculture and Conservation


Enrichment Activities

  • We have close links with environment agency, Calverton fish farm, Charnwood Forest Golf Course SSSI, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and Bradgate Park Trust.
  • Take an industry-relevant short course alongside your full-time qualification, such as CS30, CS31, PA1, PA6, Chipper & Brushcutter.
  • Opportunities to complete DSC1 certificate for Deer Stalking Competency and
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Undertake community projects; previously our students have been involved in planting trees and shrubs around the college campuses.
  • Complete woodland surveys and management plans of areas such as Hambleton Wood.
  • Trips to Sherwood Forest, Cossington Meadows nature reserve, and the Derbyshire Dales, helping you gain real life experience in various course areas.
  • Get involved in some traditional woodland crafts – learn how to make mallets, staffs and cleft wood gates!


Accommodation is available for students studying Level 2 Countryside Management. 

Would you like to start a course at BMC in September, but are struggling with the distance? Our on-site 16-18 accommodation could be the perfect solution!

To find out more about our accommodation offer, get in touch!

T: 01664 850 850

E: accommodation@brooksbymelton.ac.uk

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