Land and Wildlife Level 2 - Countryside Conservation -

Land and Wildlife Level 2 – Countryside Conservation

Course Details

  • Department

    Land and Wildlife
  • Qualification

    Level 2
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Providing you with an introduction to the principles behind environmental management and conservation, this course is great for those who have a passion for the environment and want to gain specialist wildlife skills working outdoors. It’s designed to offer a broad base of knowledge and combines academic study with practical based learning and offers an understanding of the wildlife and conservation industries.

Entry Requirements


at grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) or above to include two from English, Maths and Science, with at least a grade 2 (old GCSE grade E) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

Areas of study:


  • Undertaking Ecological Surveys
  • Conservation and Improvement of British Habitats
  • Introduction to Urban Habitat Ecology
  • Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries
  • Environmental and Land-based Business

Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above to include two from English, Maths and Science,

with at least a grade 2 (E) in the remaining subject.

Students completing the Level 2 to a Merit + standard would be considered for enrolment onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife (Countryside and Gamekeeping) or to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Gamekeeping.

Example of possible future career roles include:


River keeper

Game stalker

Conservation warden

National Park warden

Game warden


Progression and Development Sessions

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

There is a requirement to complete 150 hours of work placement (work experience) with an industry-related organisation. More details can be provided at the interview.



Our Employability Team is available to help you get started. Students often look for a placements with organisations such as local shooting estates , game farms , conservation organisations National Parks , wildlife charities – RSPB etc

Students must pay for their own PPE, but we provide specialist equipment.




Students also pay for cartridges for shooting events.

  • York Campus

    York is one of the College's two residential campuses and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

    Photo of animal management building

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