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Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife (Countryside Conservation)

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

trainee deer manager
assistant fisheries worker
trainee underkeeper
assistant river keeper
assistant conservation worker
assistant recreation ranger
trainee game farm worker
assistant maintenance operative

Overview of the course: 

If you are looking to start a career within the land and wildlife sector, then this qualification is aimed at you. Within countryside conservation, 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 or monitoring a section of river prone to floods.
Working within the land and wildlife sector often requires
working flexible hours according to the season and when
jobs need completing. It may involve working long hours
and can include early morning, evening and weekend
work. Most of their working time is spent outdoors in all
weather conditions.

Entry requirements: 

4 x GCSEs at Grade 3 or above
Grade 4 in either GCSE English or Maths required
No previous experience is required.
Due to the practical nature of the course assessments, you must be physically able to carry out the practical assessments by yourself after proper training.

Due to nature of conservation work, you will be required to access a diverse range of environments eg hills, river banks, ponds. This course is unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


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

How is the course assessed?: 

Multiple choice exam followed by a practical synoptic assessment and coursework.
You will also be required to complete 150 hours of industry placement.

Further study options after this course: 

Following successful completion of this course at merit level you may progress to Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Land & Wildlife or Arboriculture.

Length of the course: 

1 year, Full Time.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £16,009.50

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


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

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (19 Jan 2021 05:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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