Countryside and Environmental Studies Level 2 Technical

 Learn the skills and knowledge required to pursue employment or to prepare for further training in these industries.

You will learn a range of practical skills in arboriculture and forestry, and countryside and estate management, to prepare you for further study or employment in your chosen pathway.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to Working in Land-based Industries
  • Introduction to Plant and Soil Science
  • Countryside Work Placement
  • Habitat Maintenance
  • Countryside Access and Recreation
  • Land-based Machinery Operations
  • Countryside Estate Maintenance

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects. This applies to each year of their course, until they complete their studies.

This course is designed to provide you with an introduction to the practical skills, knowledge and understanding required for a successful career in the countryside or arboriculture industries.

Practical work is carried out on our extensive 400-acre estate with woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands. You will also complete external work experience, which will help you to develop your skills and experience.

You will have access to our well-equipped workshops and wide range of industry-standard machinery, and will be taught by expert staff who have previous experience of working in the industry.

You will learn through a mixture of practical and theory sessions.

On successful completion you could progress on our Level 3 Arboriculture or Countryside Management courses, or pursue employment at entry level within these industries.

Between two and four GCSEs at grades 2-3 (grade D – E) or above, including Maths and English, or a Level 1 qualification at Merit or above.

Explore your career progression options

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You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

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Dawn Rigby

Tutor Dawn Rigby I believe that young children need a special environment in which to grow and deserve practitioners who are inspiring, dynamic, reflective and passionate about their learning.
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Why Merrist Wood College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 100+

    different courses

  • 50+

    years of experience in teaching land-based subjects

  • 400

    -acre campus specialising in the land-based industries

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