Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 2 x 8 hour estate skills practicals per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Semester 1 Continuous assessment: Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 5.  40%
Semester Assessment Semester 2 Continuous assessment: Outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 5  40%
Semester Assessment Planning and costing assignment: Outcomes assessed: 4.  20%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Outcome 1
Demonstrate safe working practices and compliance with health and safety legislation

Outcome 2
Demonstrate the necessary practical skills to undertake essential countryside tasks in a safe, competent and efficient manner.

Outcome 3
Demonstrate the necessary skill to use and maintain mechanical equipment associated with countryside management tasks safely.

Outcome 4
Evaluate and plan a practical project.

Outcome 5
Use maps.

Brief description

Practical estate work is often the first step in a career in countryside management. Such experience develops practical skills and knowledge, accompanied by a sense of pride in one'r work and self confidence. It also provides first-hand experience of the countryside. An essential element of practical estate work is the fulfillment of legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). These skills and knowledge are an integral part of many areas of the profession. The countryside manager may also find his/her role includes supervision of craftsmen and volunteers. Clearly a sound knowledge and experience of practical work methods would be an advantage. The module includes: carrying out practical estate work to a competent standard safely and efficiently; leading volunteers safely with confidence and enthusiasm; helping to understand the countryside resource and its management; evaluating and costing projects in the implementation of management plans.

Many of these skills form a fundamental part of the industrial placement and thus this module plays a critical role in preparing students for this period and in increasing their employment prospects.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
Written costings assignment

.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
Written costings assignment

.5 Oral discussion and presentation
Team projects

.6 Careers need awareness
All the learning activities in this module are directly related to commercial practice and consequently provide a very effective means of raising career awareness.

.7 Self-management
Time-management, motivation, and self-discipline are all essential requirements in this module.

.8 Group activity
Students are required to work in groups throughout the module.

Reading List

Abbott, M Greenwood crafts Primo search British Trust for Conservation Volunteers Practical handbooks: Hedging; Fencing; Tool Care; Tree Planting and Aftercare; Woodlands Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4