About The Course
This course provides an introduction to working with plants and animals. It is ideal for school leavers who are seeking to explore some areas of horticulture and animal care. Students will work with a range of animals, plants and tools within our 162-hectare site.
There will be opportunities to grow food as well as handle and care for animals. There will be project work involved such as putting on an event, as well as life skills such as preparing and cooking food.
The course also provides an opportunity for students to develop personal, social and employability skills in a highly supportive environment.
Two GCSEs at grade 2 or above.
You will be required to attend an interview where your suitability, commitment and skills will be assessed. We will require evidence of your interest and passion for working with plants and/or animals and in developing a career working within the horticulture or animal care industries.
All students need to be physically able and be willing to take part in all aspects of practical work.
This course can lead to progression onto industry specific courses or employment within garden centres, nurseries, or landscaping.
Modules studied including but not limited to:
- A1 Being Organised (30) Core
- A2 Developing a Personal Progression Plan (30) Core
- LBS6 Caring for and Feeding Animals (40)
- HT5 Preparing and Cooking Food (40)
- LBS8 Growing Plants (40)
- B10 Contribute to Running an Event
English and Maths will be built into your college timetable should you have not achieved a Grade 4 in these areas.
If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability or Additional Educational Need, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application, we can also assist you with this
You may be required to make set contributions towards educational trips and/or travel expenses to local events.
- Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies
- GCSE maths and English (where applicable)
Assessment takes place throughout the year through the completion of work/logbooks, diary writing to record progress during professional development lessons, online tests, exams and homework.
You will complete compulsory work experience every week on our estate and one week of industry placement externally.