Level 2 – Environmental Conservation

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 2
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

If you are looking to start a career within environmental conservation, then this qualification is aimed at you. This course focuses on gaining an understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to enable you to work in the countryside or a conservation setting, or progress your education within the sector. Within this you could be surveying and reporting on the condition of an outdoor area, encouraging people to enjoy the environments around them, carrying out habitat management work.

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:

  • Health and safety for the land-based industries
  • Working in the land and wildlife industry
  • Machinery used in the land and wildlife industry
  • Conservation and improvements to British habitats
  • Estate maintenance
  • Species identification and surveying
  • Environmental conservation of flora and fauna
  • Land and countryside use
  • Countryside interpretation and recreation

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.

Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English.

City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management

Assistant conservation worker

Assistant recreation ranger

Assistant maintenance operative

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 โ€“ RSPB etc

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




Cost for students under 19 Free for students over the age of 19

  • 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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