Countryside Management

Working in the countryside management sector is often overlooked as a career, however, it has a wide range of progression and job opportunities. The game and wildlife industry employs approximately 73,000 people in the UK, with approximately 31,000 people employed in other aspects of the countryside industry. The number of people working in this sector is expected to grow each year and employment opportunities can be found in both urban and rural areas.

This qualification develops the knowledge, understanding and skills that provide an excellent basis for employment or for further education in this sector.

Skills learned

Collaborative teamwork skills. Presentation skills. Initiative and self-confidence in working alone. Self-confidence from dealing with ‘clients’ and external stakeholders. Numeracy. Literacy. Knowledge of sustainability. How to assess different options for their positive impact and cost-effectiveness. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft 365 packages; using Word and Excel for assignments and PowerPoint for presentations. We also use Microsoft Teams for online lessons and collaborative meetings as part of assignments.

Entry requirements to the course

There is no formal prerequisite for entry, but suitable candidates should be both reasonably numerate and literate. It is assumed that candidates have had no prior exposure to the subject.
All units, except unit 1 are continuously internal assessed via a series of assignments from day one. Unit 1 will be assessed by an externally set task at the end of middle 6. All assessment for the Pearson BTEC qualifications in this specification is criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma course (1 A level equivalent) There are six units, which cover the following aspects of countryside management:  

1. Undertaking an investigative project in the land-based sector
2. Undertaking estate skills
3. Understanding countryside tourism and recreation
4. Undertaking upland habitat management
5. Understanding working dogs
6. Business management in the land-based sector (work experience to take place in the school holidays)

Career and University opportunities

Around 95% of UK universities accept BTEC qualifications towards meeting their entry requirements, but this is most likely to be the case where there is a good fit between the BTEC and the degree to be studied and the learning and assessment styles. The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, will accept our BTEC alongside other Sixth Form qualifications, towards meeting the entry requirements for all of their undergraduate degree courses. Harper Adams University will likewise accept the qualification for entry onto the majority of their courses. The employability skills gained through the qualification also mean that students will be in a good position should they choose to progress onto higher/degree apprenticeship courses or straight into employment