Land & Wildlife (City & Guilds Level 2) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Land & Wildlife (City & Guilds Level 2) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Subject Area: Suffolk Rural (Otley) Animal Studies


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2021
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 150747
  • Entry Requirements

    GCSEs Grade 1-3 (D-G) or above, to include English and Maths at 3 (D); or

    Level 1 qualification at Merit/Distinction (including English and Maths at 3 (D) or above).

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Suffolk Rural (Otley) Campus

    This qualification covers all the core skills you will need to progress to further learning and training, or to enter the world of work within the countryside and environment industries. You will work towards one of three pathways:

    Mandatory units – All pathways:

    • Health and safety for the land-based industries
    • Working in the land and wildlife industry
    • Machinery used in the land and wildlife industry
    • Conservation and improvements to British habitats
    • Estate maintenance

    Mandatory units – Game Pathway:

    • Firearms safety
    • Assist with pest and predator control
    • Game and deer species in the UK
    • Assist with the maintenance of game and deer populations
    • Assist with shooting activities

    Mandatory units – Conservation Pathway:

    • Species identification and surveying
    • Environmental conservation of flora and fauna
    • Land and countryside use
    • Countryside interpretation and recreation

    Mandatory units – Fisheries Pathway:

    • Fish health and biology
    • Game and coarse angling
    • Assist with freshwater sport fishery management

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

    Course Highlights

    If you are looking to start a career within the land and wildlife sector, then this qualification is aimed at you.

    Within the land and wildlife sector, there are three main industries that this qualification covers:

    • Game
    • Fisheries
    • Countryside conservation

    The game and wildlife industry includes everything to do with the management of upland, lowland, woodland, and wetland game and wildlife species, including partridge, grouse, pheasant, and deer. A Gamekeepers main tasks include rearing young birds from hatcheries, making sure game is kept safe from predators, and making necessary repairs to equipment, buildings and release pens.

    The fisheries industry incorporates the activities that occur within freshwater locations such as rivers and reservoirs. The activities include the provision of freshwater angling, conserving and enhancing freshwater fish and habitats and securing sustainable fisheries.

    Within countryside conservation, you could be surveying and reporting on the condition of an outdoor area, encouraging people to enjoy the environments around them, carrying out habitat management work or monitoring a section of river prone to floods.

    Working within the land and wildlife sector often requires working flexible hours according to the season and when jobs need completing. It may involve working long hours and can include early morning, evening and weekend work. Most of their working time is spent outdoors in all weather conditions.

    You will gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working in a countryside or conservation setting, or progressing to further learning and training in this area.

    Next Steps

    Normally dependent on the outcome/profile of Grades achieved, and routes could be:

    • Apprenticeship
    • Employment

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    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2021.

    For all students aged 19+ please contact Student Support.

    For details regarding fee remission, please visit our Tuition Fees page.