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Level 2 Diploma in Practical Countryside Skills

This Diploma enables you to develop practical skills and knowledge for working in the countryside sector.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Conservation and Countryside
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

This Diploma enables you to develop practical skills and knowledge for working in the countryside sector.

You should have successfully completed a Level 1 programme with Distinction or a Level 2 programme with a Pass.

  • Tutorial
  • Maths
  • English

Unit 1 Machinery operations:

  • Tractor
  • Chainsaw operation

Unit 2 Estate Skills and Project Planning:

  • Estate Skills
  • Fencing
  • Hedge laying
  • Pond creation

Unit 3 Wildlife Study and Survey Skills:

  • Ecology
  • Butterfly and moth survey
  • Bird survey
  • Flora survey
  • Pond survey

Unit 4 Interpretation:

  • Guided walks
  • Basic lesson planning

Unit 5 Work Experience:

  • 150 hours

This course will be delivered on-site.

You need a Derby College Group overall and steel toe-cap boots.

You also need chainsaw boots, trousers, gloves and helmet to meet latest standards. Your tutor will advise on this.

You will be assessed via practical assessments, witness statements and work books.

You will also take Maths and English exams and assignments if required.

Further Study

You can progress to a Level 3 qualification.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Conservation Professionals


Conservation Professionals

Conservation and Environmental Associate Professionals


Conservation and Environmental Associate Professionals

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:45 pm