Level 2 Land & Wildlife Management
About this course

Our estate spans over 1600 acres and is home to a range of typical lowland environments, from river frontage and wetlands to ancient woodland, farmland and a dedicated deer park with a herd of fallow deer. Lackham is also home to its own commercial shoot, which runs throughout the shooting season. Gamekeeping students are actively involved in the management of the shoot and are able to run the shoot days during their studies.

Lackham is set in the middle of the Wiltshire countryside, providing the perfect natural habitat for students to learn the necessary skills and experience needed to launch their career in this ever expanding market. Students are actively involved in the development and management of the Lackham estate, creating and cultivating habitats for British wildlife and learning green woodcraft skills at the dedicated outdoor education facility. Students also undertake field projects and surveys for deer, birds, fish and other native British mammals all found on the Lackham estate.

This course provides an ideal introduction to the rural industries, allowing you to learn about every aspect of countryside management. You will explore gamekeeping, conservation and woodland management and by the end you will know where you want to specialise as you progress to a level 3 qualification. It also provides a basic foundation of practical skills for work within this sector.

You will get involved in managing habitats with hand tools like bow saws, axes and billhooks, looking after pheasants, ducks and partridges, learning about how different species interact in a habitat or using land based machinery like tractors and quad bikes.

Learning on the course is embedded into the Lackham Estate and farm, which have a wide range of enterprises and resources that the students may use. These include woodlands, wetlands and other natural and semi-natural habitats, a commercial shoot and deer park.

What will I learn?
You will learn about:
  • Workingin the land and wildlife industry
  • Health and safety for the land based industries 
  • Machinery used in the land and wildlife industry
  • Conservation and improvements to British habitats
  • Estates maintenance
  • Species identification and surveying
  • Enviromental conservation of flora and fauna
  • Land and countryside use
  • Countryside interpretation and recriation
Entry requirements
4 GCSEs at grade D or above, including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or successful completion of a relevant subject at Level 1)
A good reference
A satisfactory interview
Study, assessment and qualifications
The course provides opportunities for you to study during your time-tabled week; however, to support your learning experience and to achieve higher grades, you will be expected to work in your own time.
You will be assessed through written and practical assignments and industry based assessments.
The final qualification will be a City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife.
Additional costs and information
There will be a variety of trips to shows and events throughout the year to which students will be asked to contribute.

You will also be required to supply your own protective clothing such as gloves, overalls and safety wellingtons/work boots.
What could I do next?
You could progress to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife/Game Management.
Potential careers and employment opportunities range from;
  • Underkeeper
  • Estate worker
  • Country park ranger
  • Conservation team worker