Countryside Management (BTEC)  
Brackenhurst is the ideal learning environment for Countryside Management

Are you keen to work in the countryside sector? Our BTEC in Countryside Management will give you the practical and technical knowledge employers are looking for, helping to secure a career in conservation, woodland management or other related field in the countryside sector.

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Why choose this course?

• Our course offers a wide range of both practical and theoretical modules which means you'll gain hands on experience alongside building your managerial understanding of countryside care
• Our course reflects what countryside management employers really want
• Our excellent facilities for students are of some of the best in the UK
• Your assessments will be based on real life industry projects
• You'll develop surveying and identification skills
• You'll develop livestock handling skills
• You'll undertake fieldwork and practical modules on our beautiful 200 hectare country estate
• You'll build vocational experience highly valued by employers ensuring a successful career in countryside management or further study

About the course
This BTEC course aims to equip students with an understanding of countryside management issues for those aspiring to enter the industry. This award could be used towards entry onto the FdSc Environmental Conservation and Countryside Management programme.

About Brackenhurst
Brackenhurst campus is our beautiful, 200-hectare country estate. It is characterised by picturesque woodlands, lakes, working farms and landscaped gardens. The historic country house, built in 1828, serves as the hub of this campus, which is complemented with the latest in student facilities. It is the perfect learning environment for land-based courses and people looking for hands-on education. The estate acts as an outdoor classroom for developing practical skills and techniques associated with countryside management.

Who will teach me?

Andy Alder
Andy worked in countryside management as both Ranger and Project Officer and has run his own coppicing business before he came to Brackenhurst in 1995 where he gained his PGCE and Post Graduate Certificate in Countryside Management and Recreation. Andy's research interests are ghost and shadow woodlands, woodland archaeology, livestock grazing in conservation and moorlands studies. Andy is a keen natural historian, and regularly organises student projects within the industry, particularly within the Peak District National Park.

Matt Edwards
Matt graduated in Countryside Planning in 1994 and subsequently has gained experience across a broad range of countryside management topics. Matt is a keen conservation volunteer and works with the Trust for Conservation Volunteers and the National Trust for Scotland. Additionally Matt spends time within the local authority continuously developing his estate work skills and enhancing his habitat management experience in a variety of different habitats. Since graduating with a PGCE in 2002 Matt has proven teaching experience across further and higher education courses.

Brackenhurst is home to a wide range of wildlife species
Our estate is part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship scheme that supports effective environmental management of farm land and countryside estates. Initiatives include the establishment of six metre field margins of permanent grass to protect hedgerows and ditches from fertilizer sprays and soil leaching. Over the year’s species of wildlife have flourished at Brackenhurst including barn owls, lapwings, yellowhammers, butterflies and moths.


Fact file
Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: October
Course length: One year full-time
Study location: Brackenhurst campus

Fees and funding:

  • 2013/14 entry – Aged 19 to 24 - £1500.00
  • 2013/14 entry – Aged 24+ - TBA

Plus a registration fee (£169 for 2012 entry)


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