• Are you interested in a career in environmental conservation?
  • Would you like to learn all about countryside management?
  • Are you interested in creating and maintaining heritage sites?

Our land-based qualifications will give you a head start whether you want to carry out conservation work and improve the environment for wildlife and people, or whether you want to create and maintain heritage sites.

You will work outdoors at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s beautiful 450 hectare reserve at Idle Valley (equivalent to 600 football pitches), and Rufford Country Park with its networks of lakes, wetland, grassland and scrub, acting as an outdoor classroom for fieldwork with their Rangers and Wardens learning how to maintain the existing habitats and developing new ones.

You will have the opportunity to take part in the World Skills UK Environmental Science competition at the NEC in Birmingham, to showcase your problem solving and practical abilities against other teams from across the UK.

Courses available in:

  • Countryside and Environment
  • Countryside Management Diploma Level 3
  • Countryside Management Extended Diploma Level 3
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You will work outdoors at Idle Valley Nature Reserve and Rufford Country Park in Nottinghamshire.

You will take part in activities and visits with land-based employers such as Wildlife Trusts and Heritage sites to help you make choices about your future career.

Previous students have moved onto employment within these industries.

You will develop other skills such as employability and teamwork.


Following the Land-based Industries
route you could be:
  • Conservationist
  • Grounds Person
  • Countryside Ranger


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“It was stressful being under pressure on the day but it was also a great experience and I was absolutely thrilled to come away with a silver medal.”

Claire and Andrew
Land-based Industries

Two North Notts students took the silver medal for Environmental Science at the national finals of the World Skills competition held at the NEC in Birmingham last year.

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