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If you have a passion for protecting nature and different species, this course will help you to understand how to protect eco-systems and habitats and learn about the careers attached to it.

Based on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, our rural College campus will give you access to sheep, dairy and arable farms, estates, national parks and leisure facilities through our extensive and well-established employer links. Our excellent facilities include animal care units, equine yards, horticulture greenhouses, ATV’s, drystone walling centre and machinery workshops. You will expolore a wide range of industry areas including countryside management, environmental conservation, game and fisheries. Our expert tutors have specialist knowledge of agricultural botany, ecology and garden design alongside experience of working with the National Trust, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Skipton in Bloom and Harrogate Flower Show. With their knowledge and contacts you will be able to visit relevant exhibitions and demonstration grounds as well as gaining inspiration from guest speakers from a variety of agriculture, countryside and environmental sectors. In addition to work placements your programme of study may include additional qualifications in Chainsaw and Brushwood Cutter Usage, Dry Stone Walling and ATV Handling.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1-2 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 – 5 GCSEs 9-4 or Environmental Conservation Level 2 (Merit/Distinction) including English or maths & science GCSEs 9-4
  • Level 2  – 4 GCSEs 9-3 or Level 1 Diploma including English & maths GCSEs 9-2
  • Level 1 – 3 GCSEs 9-1 including English & maths

What you will study

  • Assist with the Use of the Transport & Maintenance of Tools & Equipment
  • Introduction to Production Livestock & Breeds
  • Assist with Maintaining Health & Well Being of Large Animals
  • Carry out Tractor Operations
  • Assist with the Establishment & Maintenance of Plants & Sites in the Countryside
  • Safe & Effective Working Practices in Land-based Industries
  • Preparing to Work in Land-based Industries
  • Introduction to Wildlife & Conservation
  • Introduction to the Forestry & Arboriculture Sector
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Tree Classification & Identification
  • Introduction to Plant Science
  • Tree Establishment
  • Tree & Woodland Management
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Health & Safety for the Land-based Industries
  • Land-based Industries Machinery Operations
  • Plant & Soil Science
  • Principles of Tree Felling & Chainsaw Use
  • Identification, Planting, Establishment & Aftercare & Arboriculture
  • Woodland Habitat Management
  • Principles of Physical & Biological Environmental Processes
  • Ecological Concepts & Application
  • Environmental Interpretation in the Land-based Sector
  • Fresh Water & Wetland Management
  • Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector

What's Next?

Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.

Further Study

  •  Sustainability BSc (Hons)
  •  Environmental Science BSc (Hons)


  • Environmental Conservationist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Botanist
  • Horticulturist
  • Forester
Meet the team
  •   Bee Orchid Blossoms on College Campus   •   Programme of Study   •   Countryside Visit to Leading Turf Management Exhibition