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Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies (Land-based)

About The Course

Please be aware that there is now a waiting list for our Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies (Land-based) course for 2021-22. Applications will still be accepted and placed onto a waiting list from those applicants who meet the entry criteria for the qualification (see below) and have fully completed an application form. However, interviews/offers will not take place until a later date. If you have any queries, please email:

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

More information

This course can lead to progression onto industry specific courses or employment within garden centres, nurseries, or landscaping.