City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife

About the course

At Myerscough College keeping up to date with industry requirements is paramount. The Level 2 Land & Wildlife is a one year course designed to give you a broad understanding of the countryside industry, with a view to progressing to one of our Level 3 courses, or to start work within the industry.

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 gamekeeper’s main tasks include hatching and rearing young birds, making sure game is kept safe from predators, and making necessary repairs to equipment, buildings and release pens.

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.

Course modules

Year 1

Health and safety for 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

Firearms safety

Game Pathway Unit

Assist with pest and predator control

Game Pathway Unit

Game and deer species in the UK

Game Pathway Unit

Assist with the maintenance of game and deer populations

Game Pathway Unit

Assist with shooting activities

Game Pathway Unit

Species identification and surveying

Conservation Pathway Unit

Environmental conservation of flora and fauna

Conservation Pathway Unit

Land and countryside use

Conservation Pathway Unit

Countryside interpretation and recreation

Conservation Pathway Unit

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Learners are normally aged 16 or over with a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including English Language, or equivalent qualifications.

Learning and assessment

Contains both practical and theoretical elements

Progression

The majority of students usually progress onto the Level 3 City & Guilds Technical Diploma Land and Wildlife course if they gain sufficient merits on the Level 2 Certificate Land and Wildlife.

Careers

Countryside Ranger, Game Keeper, Fisheries Manager, Environment Agency, Park Ranger, Fish Farmer, Conservation Ecologist, Marine biologist

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Steel toe-capped boots or wellington boots – approx. £25

Protective overalls – approx. £25

Waterproof coat and leggings – approx. £50

Hi visibility bib – approx. £10

Costs that are optional for the course:

There may be an opportunity to travel on study tours in the UK and day trips to shows and farms.

Workexperience

This course includes a work experience element which enables the student to gain valuable practical experience whilst enhancing their knowledge of the industry

Countryside Studies

The management of land for the conservation of flora and fauna, general recreation, environmental education and urban regeneration requires a blend of skills. These include an understanding of ecological principles, a sound knowledge of management and the practical ability to carry out conservation techniques – from river catchment systems to rural and coastal habitats.

Many job opportunities exist within the conservation, gamekeeping and commercial sectors, and as part of your progamme you will have the opportunity to develop countryside craft skills such as hedgelaying and drystone walling, useful for a range of future careers.