Providing an introduction to all aspects of working within the countryside and conservation, this course comprises a blend of theory and practical sessions. You will benefit from extensive sessions on the College farm and estate, together with visits to specialist resources, all of which are aimed at enabling you to develop a solid grasp of the countryside and environment.
1 year, 4 or 5 days a week plus work experience.
- Undertaking ecological surveys and techniques
- Participate in providing estate maintenance
- Understanding the ecology of trees, woods and forests
- Conservation and improvement of British habitats
- Environmental and land based business
- Undertake work-related experience in the land based industries
- Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths
Students will be assessed throughout the course using assignments, projects, practical tests and external assessments.
Minimum of 4 GCSEs C - D / 4 - 3 Grade or equivalent (Level 1 Diploma), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A - D / 9 – 3 Grade or equivalent.
Life experiences will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Successful students can progress to a Level 3 Diploma or straight into employment.
Additional Learning Opportunities:
Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.
Additional Industry Experience:
Students benefit from a variety of field trips throughout the programme. These typically include visits to a range of different environments where the skills which they have learnt can be put into practice.
Specialist Equipment Needed
In addition to standard college equipment, students will need steel toe-capped boots, waterproof clothing, a clipboard and a Hadlow College overall.
Countryside Rugby Shirt
Countryside Polo Shirt
- 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.