This course opens the door into the full spectrum of
the industry for a student looking to get the skills to
enter employment with in the sector, but also offers
the ability to progress within further education with
core skills already developed. We have the whole
Hadlow estate and specific habitat management
areas as well as new classrooms with excellent
virtual support and strong links to employers in the
areas. Being in the South East there are significant
opportunities to work within the full variety of the
sector on our own doorstep.
1 year, full-time
The following are examples of some of the topics
students can expect to study within the course:
• Introduction to working in land-based industries
• Introduction to plant and soil sciences
• Countryside work placement
• Habitat management
• Countryside estate maintenance
• Countryside access and recreation
• Land-based machinery operations
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs C-D / 4-3
Grade or equivalent (Level 1 Diploma), which must
include GCSE in English OR maths A-D / 9-3 Grade
SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT NEEDED
Steal toe capped waterproof boots, appropriate outdoor
all weather clothing and Hadlow Countryside livery.
There is also a reading list that is updated regularly at
the College which would be worth reviewing and any
books the student may find useful should be considered.
The course is taught to encourage self-learning and
works to develop reflective practice amongst its
students. We formatively overview students every
day and build a total record as opposed to a series of
simple fact checking summative tests.
We do this by a combination of classroom theory work
that links to small and large scale practicals. We use
self-lead research projects per unit, which are guide
by the lectures but are owned and developed by the
There are one off tests both verbal and written with
a focus on drawing out knowledge from the learners
not just fact checking. A key component on our
assessments is cross unit linking. This helps develop a
broader view and draws in learning across disciplines.
The idea being we can continuously evaluate the
learners over a long period and adjust our learning
to fill in any weakness we see developing
On completion of this qualification, you will have the
knowledge and skills to enter the Countryside industry.
This qualification will allow you to progress into
a Apprenticeship or a higher level qualification
in Further Education.
- 270 hectare fully functioning commercial farm
- 256 hectares of land comprising a wide range of natural habitats including woodland, urban and aquatic
- Outside classroom equipped with a range of facilities
- Countryside Stewardship Scheme
Local authorities, game estates, wildlife and conservation trusts, nature reserves and organisations such as The Environment Agency
Students benefit from close ties with organisations such as English Nature, RSPB, English Heritage as well as a number of local wildlife parks and nature reserves. The College is a member of The National Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.