If you are aged 16-18 and looking to start a career within the land and wildlife sector, then this qualification is aimed at you. You don’t need any previous knowledge or experience in land and wildlife to start this qualification.
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.
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.
Five GCSEs at grade 3 or above are required to enrol on this course, including English and Maths.
You will get lots of practice and support to enable you to develop the required skills and knowledge to prepare you for the learning and end assessment.
To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments:
- One exam sat under invigilated examination conditions (externally set and externally marked exam)
- One health and safety assignment (externally set and internally marked)
- Two externally moderated assignments (externally set and internally marked)
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.
Students aged 16-19 who have not already achieved English and/or Maths at grade 4 or above will continue to study these as part of their programme.
Work experience will provide learners with the opportunity to participate in the world of work and gain practical experience that is relevant to both the qualification and future employment possibilities.
Each learner is expected to complete a 150 hours work experience placement as part of the programme. This work placement should be with an employer that will provide the learner with structured opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that are relevant to the qualification and should be undertaken in a real business environment relevant to the subject interest of the learner.
Work experience may be gained by a number of routes:
- As part of an industrial placement
- Working on a planned daily or weekly basis
- On the centre’s commercial and/or educational facilities
- Undertaking voluntary work within the industry
- As a member of a group of learners invited to carry out practical work on a suitable business
This qualification provides an opportunity for you to gain real work specific skills and knowledge, and enables you to link your technical learning to the work experience part of your course.
You will receive regular personal tutorials that will help with target setting, enabling you to reflect on and improve your performance and progress. You will also benefit from enrichment activities to develop your employability, team work and problem solving skills.
Typically, you will also take this qualification alongside English and/or Maths, which will be included in the course alongside digital technologyto enhance your skills for future job opportunities or progression to higher level learning.
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
Species identification and surveying
Environmental conservation of flora and fauna
Land and countryside use
Countryside interpretation and recreation
City and Guilds
Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you are able to undertake routine tasks within occupations such as:
– Assistant or trainee conservation worker
– Assistant or trainee recreation ranger
– Assistant maintenance operative
This qualification also prepares learners for progression to further study. Once you have successfully completed this qualification, you could go on to study a Level 3 qualification.
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