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C&G Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment (QCF)

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

Following completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector, e.g. assisting in estate management. You will be able to apply for Assistant Ranger positions or entry Estate Management Team positions. You will be given all the necessary skills to be able to work as/for a land-based contractor.

Overview of the course: 

You will undertake a wide range of practical activities designed to give you the essential skills for a career in countryside and estate management. You will also be introduced to the theory which underpins management decisions. The Houghall estate provides the ideal environment for you to gain practical skills and knowledge and also gives you the opportunity to develop essential employability skills. You will also get the opportunity to work on external sites for partner organisations gaining vital experience.

Entry requirements: 

Direct entry - Minimum of 3 GCSEs 3 or above including Maths, English and Science Progression entry - A Level 1 qualification (Minimum entry 3 maths and English)


Topics covered in the course:work experience, providing estate maintenance, boundary construction and maintenance, conservation and improvement of British habitats, land-based workshop practice and machinery operations, tree felling and forestry practices, and conservation within agriculture. Maths & English, Health and safety and safe working practices.

How is the course assessed?: 

Assessments will be carried out through a mixture of practical assessments and written assignments.

Further study options after this course: 

Following successful completion of the course, progression options include the level 3 Diploma in Wildlife and Land Management or qualifications in Horticulture, Arboriculture or Agriculture. Apprenticeship routes are also available at Level 2 & 3 in Countryside Management.

Length of the course: 

1 Year programme Full time.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 2 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 2 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over and employed on the day your main course starts fees for this course are payable. However if you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group or other work related benefit and you are undertaking this qualification to find work, your fees may be paid by the Government.

If you do need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
City & Guilds Group Bursaries are available to learners starting or completing a City & Guilds or ILM qualification, starting courses on or after 1st September 2017.

To qualify learners need to be able to
- Demonstrate genuine financial need that would otherwise prevent them from completing their chosen qualification
- Be over 19 years old
- Be a UK resident.

Bursaries range from £200 to £10,000 and can cover any costs that arise as a result of the learner undertaking a City & Guilds or ILM qualification.

This can include
- Course fees
- Travel Expenses
- Materials/ Tools/ Books
- Childcare
- *Living Costs

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Learners need to initially register online (this takes around 30 seconds). Once they have registered, they then get access to the full online application.

*Please note Living Costs are rarely supported and only considered in extreme circumstances.

Closing date - Monday, 12 June 2017, 10am

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (23 May 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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How to apply: 

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