Introduction to Wildlife and Agriculture (Farming and Countryside Management) Award (Level 1)

Course overview

This course has two separate start dates, with each offering a different topic focus dependent on the season.

If you choose to start this course in September, it will be focused on wildlife and conservation, and designed to develop your knowledge of a range of ecosystems within the natural environment. You will gain an understanding of conservation work with regards to flora and fauna to maintain and develop natural ecosystems.

If you choose to start this course in February, it will be focused on lambing, and designed to develop your understanding with regards to a shepherds calendar, the sheep stratification system and the practical process during the lambing season. You will gain hands-on experience working at our organic farm, Forty Hall Farm, close to our Enfield Campus, or at Mudchute Farm, close to our Mottingham Campus.

You will learn

  • Safety and effective working practices within the land-based sector
  • How the environmental conservation industry works or how the agricultural industry and production of livestock works
  • Machinery operations
Entry requirements

You will need at least one of the following:

  • At least two GCSEs or equivalent
  • Relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered
  • Enthusiasm for working outdoors
  • You will be encouraged to attend our Summer School

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to the Agriculture (Farming) Intermediate Diploma (Level 2) or the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Intermediate Diploma (Level 2).

Ivor's story

I am gaining a lot of good knowledge and the course is really informative which will help me run my own farm in the countryside one day.