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Land-Based Studies Intermediate (Level 2)

This study programme covers the foundation knowledge and skills needed for learners to progress onto Level 3 qualifications in Agriculture, Fisheries and Countryside Management. It provides learners with a basic knowledge of estate maintenance, machinery maintenance, conservation, animal and plant husbandry, business management and preparation for work. The study programme will ensure that you develop the foundation skills and vocational knowledge required for employment in land-based industries.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year
  • 3 GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths 
  • Land-Based Studies BTEC Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills
Duration: 2 Years
  • 3 GCSEs at grades A*-G or 9-1 deally including English and maths, and a keen interest in land-based studies. Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered.

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Environmental and land-based business
    • You will also complete a further six units from the following:
      • Introduction to animal and plant husbandry
      • Estate maintenance
      • Conservation and improvement of British habitats
      • Introduction to agriculture and conservation
      • Introduction to countryside access and recreation
      • Understanding ecology of trees, woods and forests
      • Introduction to land-based machinery operations
      • Fish and aquatic management
      • Livestock and crop husbandry
      • Game management
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience:
    You will undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will also be given the opportunity to take part in a number of trips
    • You will also study to achieve the following additional qualifications:
      • Tractor driving
      • Health and safety

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses; a variety of methods of assessment will be used, including presentation, case studies, assignments and practical assessments.


Countryside & Environment BTEC Level 2 Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Further study and career options

On completion of this study programme you could progress onto a Level 3 Land-Based course, or find employment in the Agriculture, Fisheries or Countryside & Environment industry.

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

To take part in this course you will be required to provide clothing suitable for working outdoors, including steel-toe capped boots and overalls for practical sessions. There will be an additional fee of £45 for required clothing/uniform, and £120 for any trips/visits.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 or 2 years 14/09/2020 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Shuttleworth College B355

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Additional Learning Support
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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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