Level 3 Countryside Management (Full-Time)

Course Overview

Countryside Management Level 3 is a Full-time Further Education course designed for those who wish to progress to running a sustainable countryside management project on the family farm, or those who wish to gain employment at a more senior level within countryside and environmental land management. This course is located in the Catering, Hospitality and Agriculture (CHA) department.

This course requires three days per week of college attendance over two years with the remainder of the week spent at a suitable work placement.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need to have 4 GCSEs at grade C or above preferably including Maths and English / Welsh or have a relevant Level 2 Qualification in Agriculture. Entry will also be subject to the applicant having a reasonable amount of practical experience in agriculture and is dependent on a successful interview and initial assessment.

  • Career Prospects

    On completing a countryside management course, students can choose from a wide range of practical career paths within the UK land-based sector, including home farm diversification project, farm park manager, countryside ranger, National Trust/RSPB/Wildlife Trust land manager and woodland manager
    Many of our students progress to higher education either at the College studying the HND in Agriculture course or to other institutions to study other environmental or land conservation management-related degrees

  • Course Modules

    The Level 3 City and Guilds College Extended Diploma is made up of 180 credits.
    A 90 credit Diploma will be completed in year 1 and the full Extended Diploma in year 2.
    A full range of units will be studied to include farm habitat management, woodland habitat management, countryside and tourism management, livestock and environmental conservation, soil management, rural business management and practical estate skills

    There will also be a suitable period of relevant work experience.

    All students will undertake additional skills in numeracy, communications and digital literacy – these will be largely integrated into your main course.

    Students are required to attend college 3 days a week and will be expected to find a suitable work placement to attend during the remaining 2 days.

    Students will also be given the opportunity to complete a range of National Proficiency Test Competency (NPTC) Certificates to include:

    • Safe Use of Sheep Dips
    • Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines
    • ATV
    • Safe Use of Pesticides
    • Telescopic Handler
    • Chainsaw

  • Assessment

    Learners will be assessed throughout the course by a series of practical and written assessments and assignments. Evidence will also be gathered from the workplace to support the college-based practical assessments.

  • Additional Costs

    You will need appropriate working clothes and footwear to include overalls, waterproofs, steel toecap boots and wellingtons. All working clothes and footwear must be clean as biosecurity is of maximum importance.

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Newtown College

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