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Land-based and Environmental Studies Access to Further Education at Capel Manor College

Course description

The course runs for three days a week from September to July as follows:

  • 2 days: vocational practical and theory work in a mixture of horticulture, animal care, countryside and the environment skills


  • 1 day: functional skills (English, maths, IT) at Entry 3 and Common/Core Units (listed below).

Work Skills and ‘taster’ sessions in other land-based industries that are taught at Capel Manor College may also be included.

Qualification Gained
In addition to working towards Functional Skills in English, Mathematics and ICT at Entry 3 Level this course leads to a Gateway Qualifications Entry Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Progression.

Common/Core Units:

  • Health and safety awareness
  • Induction to College
  • Introduction to group & teamwork communication skills
  • Introduction to understanding self & others
  • Employability & Enterprise Skills

Horticulture Units:Units delivered with focus on the introduction and development of skills and knowledge needed to work in the Horticulture industry they include:

  • Introduction to garden maintenance skills
  • Introduction to planting in a container

Animal Care Units:
Units delivered with focus on the introduction and development of skills and knowledge needed to work in the Animal Care industry they include:

  • Recognise types and parts of the body of small animals
  • Check that a small animal is healthy

Countryside Units:
Units delivered with focus on the introduction and development of skills and knowledge needed to work in the Countryside and Environment industry they include:

  • Developing skills for using and maintaining garden tools
  • Developing an awareness of soil types and garden habitats

Entry requirements

This course is a one-year Entry 3 level developing practical work skills and improving communication, teamwork and organisational skills. It is assessed through a mixture of practical activities and by portfolio building.

Entry Requirements
The course is aimed at 16-21 year olds with:

  • Learning difficulties/disabilities such as dyslexia, ASDS, ADHD
  • Mild general learning difficulties
  • Poor earlier educational experiences
  • A history of poor school attendance

Candidates need to be able to work towards Entry 3 in Literacy and towards Entry 2 in Numeracy. They need to have the potential to improve their education over the year and, hopefully, progress to a Level 1 course in Animal Care, Horticulture, or Countryside and Environment at Capel Manor College.This course is not suitable for candidates requiring one to one support/supervision.Students need to be willing to work outdoors and take part in practical activities. An interest in growing plants, the environment or caring for animals is required.The students need to have had a tetanus injection and wear steel toe-capped boots for their practical sessions.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course, students have the opportunity to apply for higher level courses within the college.To progress to a Level 1 qualification the student will need to have passed the Access to FE course and Functional Skills programmes with an excellent attendance record and should also have demonstrated the capacity to progress further in their studies with a reduced level of support.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Capel Manor College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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