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Countryside Management (Including Gamekeeping) - Level 3

Countryside management

Course Highlights

Students study countryside, forestry and gamekeeping on the Campus’s 257 hectare country estate comprising ancient and commercial woodlands, traditional parkland with ponds and streams. This course also offers a diverse range of training courses, including first aid and chainsaw use.

Course Overview

This course reflects the need for competent, trained individuals to work in conservation, forestry and game management. It allows learners to develop underpinning knowledge, practical skills and techniques essential for successful performance within the industry and is suitable for those interested in working towards positions of responsibility or further learning.

You will gain experience in a wide range of countryside management based activities, through lectures, talks, visits, practical tasks and work experience. Some of the skills you could learn include how to carry out conservation management techniques, manage woodlands, carry out surveys, manage river habitats, identify deer, control pests and predators, shoot, and drive tractors. The qualification has been developed by City and Guilds in association with Lantra and Landex so as to meet industry needs.


Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Countryside and Environment (equivalent to 3 A levels)


Two years

Course Content

You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.

  • Estate Skills
  • Vertebrate Pest and Predator Control
  • Tree Felling and Chainsaw Use
  • Woodland Habitat, Deer and Game Management
  • Wildlife Population Surveys, Ecology and Conservation
  • Business Management in the Landbased Sector

Assessment is continuous with assignments, projects and practical work. Learners must also complete 300 hours of work-related experience in land-based industries over the duration of the course.

Functional Skills/GCSE

All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will be expected to attend either GCSE or Functional Skills in maths and English classes and in some cases ICT. Attendance to these sessions is mandatory, please refer to the Functional Skills page of this website.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 2 qualification
  • Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area


Study options may include:

  • Level 4 Diploma in a related subject
  • Degree level courses in related subjects
  • Apprenticeships in Countryside, Forestry or Agriculture

Employment options may include:

  • Large country estates or organisations
  • Wildlife Trust
  • National Trust
  • Forestry Commission
  • Natural England

Contact: 0800 032 1986

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