BTEC Agriculture and Countryside Management (Extended Diploma) Level 3

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Agriculture and Animal Care



Mode of Study

Mode of Study
Full Time


Usk Campus

Start Date

Start Date
31 August 2021


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include Maths/Numeracy, Science and English/Welsh 1st Language; or an appropriate Level 2 Diploma qualification at Merit grade with GCSEs to include Maths/Numeracy or English/Welsh 1st Language at grade C or above.

In a nutshell

This practical course will prepare you for a career in countryside management.

This course is for you if...

...You’ve completed a related Level 2 course or GCSEs
... You have prior experience
... You’re looking to start a career in countryside management.

What will I be doing?

The course reflects the sector's need for competent, well trained countryside managers. During the course you’ll study units such as:

  • Estate skills
  • Conservation
  • Greenwood crafts
  • Farm habitat management
  • Deer management
  • Freshwater and wetland management
  • Woodland management

You’ll also study underpinning theory in topics such as the principles of ecology, plant and soil science, and environmental issues and policies. You’ll also be given the opportunity to develop further practical skills related to the conservation and forestry industries.

The course is evenly weighted for theory and practical activities. Classroom work required as part of the main course and skills requirement of the programme.

There may be opportunities during the course to obtain further competency-based qualifications, such as NPTC chainsaw, safe use of pesticides and all-terrain vehicle handling.

You’ll be assessed through written assignments, examinations and practical assessment and at the end of the course, you’ll have achieved:

What is expected of me?

To enter the course, you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include Maths/Maths Numeracy, Science and English/Welsh First Language; or an appropriate Level 2 Diploma qualification at Merit grade with GCSEs to include Maths/Maths Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language at grade C or above

Full commitment to attendance is required, as well as respect for others, enthusiasm for the subject, self-motivation and a passion for countryside management. You’ll be continually assessed and there is an expectation that you’ll continue your studies and coursework/work placement during your own time. You’ll be expected to do a minimum of 300 hours on work placement.

What comes next?

Successful completion of the Year 1 90 Credit Diploma will allow you to progress to the second year and complete the full Extended Diploma. From there, progression routes include:

  • Foundation Degree Agriculture
  • Foundation Degree Animal Health and Welfare
  • Foundation Degree Animal Business Management

Alternatively, this qualification prepares you for a career working in the countryside management sector.

Additional information

Please note that this is not only a practical course. There is also an amount of written work included.

You’ll need to have an up-to-date tetanus injection prior to working with the animals.

For Health and Safety you will need to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before working with the animals; steel toe cap wellingtons/boots, navy blue overalls and a bag to carry your PPE in, the approximate cost of the equipment is £40. These items should be purchased before commencing your course.

Usk Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 31 August 2021

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

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