Level 3 Countryside Estate Management

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Countryside Management

If you're interested in practical land management, habitat conservation and ecology, a 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: 2 Years (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, choose Countryside Management at BMC!

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.

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. SMB College Group also offers a Foundation Degree course in Applied Environmental Land Management.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English, or Level 2 Countryside Management (or similar) and Level 1 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

Year 1 Modules

  • Professional Working Responsibilities
  • Plant & Soil Science
  • Work Experience
  • Countryside Estate Skills
  • Managing Environmental Habitats
  • Gamekeeping
  • Land Based Machinery Operations

Year 2 Modules:

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Woodland Management
  • Wildlife conservation and Management
  • Countryside Recreation
  • Managing Countryside Visitor Activities
  • Managing a Shoot
  • Managing Countryside Pests & Predators
  • Deer management in the UK


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 3 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

Visit Us

If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not come along to our next Brooksby Campus Open Event?

This is a fantastic way for you to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at BMC. You’ll get to meet our industry-expert teaching staff, tour our fantastic facilities and find out everything you need to know about courses at BMC.

For a list of our upcoming events, click here.

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