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Land Based Studies BTEC Level 1 Certificate at Stafford College

Course description

This programme provides students with a broad-based knowledge and roles in the Land Based industries.

Course content

The programme comprises two mandatory units:

  • Prep for Work
  • Sustainability


And the following selected optional units:

  • Groom a small animal
  • Assist with the care of animals
  • Farm animal health
  • Developing practical skills for maintaining plants
  • Assist with planting and establishing plants
  • Water and fish


In addition, Functional Skills in

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • ICT


Confidence building and strategies for personal development will be taught alongside Skills for Life qualifications and vocational units, including numeracy and literacy.  Staff from the Vocational area will deliver 6 units, with the remaining units being taught by the staff of the Foundation Learning Team. 


Vocational Training

The vocational training involved forms approximately 40% of the course and has been designed in conjunction with the various services.  These services also have an input into the course through presentations and visits.


There is no guarantee that our students will be accepted in the careers of their choice but their studies at college will give them the best possible chance.


English & Maths

We are committed to helping students improve their skills in English and Maths. Students on a full-time course at College who missed out on GCSE qualifications at grades A-C in these subjects at school will attend additional classes and receive support to enhance their grades. Depending on individual ability, students will work towards GCSE, City & Guilds or Functional Skills awards to ensure that they have the qualifications needed to progress to university or employment.



Whilst on this programme you will also work towards a Functional Skills Level 1 qualification in ICT. This will help you to become more confident and capable when using ICT systems and tools so that you can find and select information and be able to develop, present and communicate information in both life and work.


Level 1 Award in Work Skills - 3 credits

This Work Skills Award will introduce you to the skills, qualities and knowledge that are essential for successful performance in working life. It will explore the things that employers will be looking for in particular vocational sectors and it will be the starting point for you to prepare yourself for employment.


Level 1 Certificate in Sustainability Skills – 13 credits

This is a practical qualification designed to teach you what it means to be a global citizen. It will explore personal, citizenship, workplace and sustainability skills, helping you to understand the importance of behaving responsibility, to be a successful adult and make a positive contribution to your home life and community.

Entry requirements

Propsective students will be interviewed to assess their suitability forthe course. A personal reference from a school teacher or employer will be required. A minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade E or above.


Continuous assessment of coursework, assignments and project work.  Submission of a portfolio containing evidence from the assignments that have been completed showing the necessary level of knowledge and skill.

Financial information

Steel toe capped safety boots approximately £25; overalls.


Students may be able to receive financial support, please contact Student Services for further information on 01785 275512.

Future opportunities

BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Land Based Studies is a recognised qualification which can lead to job opportunities in the sector such as kennels, pet shops, animal collections.  Progression onto the Level 2 Diploma may be considered on completion.

Further information

If you would like any more information about the college or our courses then write, visit or telephone Student Services on 01785 275468.  Our email address is If you are unsure about which course to take, we can arrange for you to get the advice you need from a member of our guidance team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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