Outdoor EducationCountryside & Environment BTEC

We firmly believe in the effectiveness of outdoor education. Our Poets Corner Centre is based within a 6.5 acre site in Welling, Kent, consisting of timber classrooms (one being specifically utilised for ICT based studies) woodland, stream, grazing, growing, gardens, activity arena, bushcraft - forest school – adventure sport zones, equine facilities and animal enclosures providing opportunities for an engaging and enriching curriculum and BTEC work related vocational learning.

Countryside & Environment

These qualifications are for students who have a passion or a career interest working within the countryside or environmental sectors. Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, these courses will provide a wide range of levels to accommodate mixed ability students. The variation of land based courses will give students the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a career in such industries.

BTEC Countryside and Environment Qualifications On Offer:

♦ Level 2 Certificate in Countryside and Environment

♦ Level 2 Extended Certificate in Countryside and Environment

♦ Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Countryside and Environment

♦ Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Countryside and Environment


If a student is in KS4 and is looking for a pathway which includes topics such as the above, then our usual route is for them to study the Level 2 Certificate or Extended Certificate in Countryside and Environment. We are open to discussions for students who may have a wealth of knowledge or for high achievers to study the more advanced courses within KS4. Such courses are an ideal option for those intending to progress directly to employment in a land based sector, or to a land based apprenticeship.

Post-16 students who may not have joined us for KS4, are able to complete the earlier level courses that are delivered during years 10 and 11. For advanced Post-16 students, when the level two qualification is achieved, the Level 3 National Extended Certificate or the Foundation Diploma would be logical next steps and this could be carried out in Post16 (pending individual progress of students).

On the Ground, Hands On Experience

Our site is within 6.5 acres of mixed woodland, ancient stream, shrubland, and open space providing a large range of on the ground opportunities to study. The site also has its own unique micro-climate and encourages a large range of natural wildflower, fauna and funghi species to inhabit many areas. The Biodiversity also supports many natural species of mammals, birds and invertebrates. that populate the site throughout the seasons. With many types of wood available naturally onsite, including our own willow farms, there is plenty of scope for green woodworking skills to study. As part of this BTEC qualification the student will be hands-on in this amazing environment and landscape, utilising the extensive facilities, resources and tools required for the course and studying with the expert educators and team at ADO.

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