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Countryside and Horticulture Skills, Introductory Diploma at Abingdon and Witney College

Course description

You will be working with a range of tools and equipment. Course topics will include; safe and effective working practices in land-based industries, maintenance of tools and equipment, assisting with the repair and maintenance of structures in the countryside and horticulture industry. You will also have an introduction to wildlife and conservation as well as contribute to the propagation of plants and assist with the maintenance of plants and sites in the countryside. You will be required to develop personal, social and study skills. Finally, you will also learn how to drive a tractor. You will be based at the Common Leys Farm. This is the college’s land-based practical site in the West Oxfordshire countryside with purpose-built practical teaching areas. There is regular public bus transport to and from Common Leys. Assessment is via assignment, multiple choice computer based exams (GOLA), a portfolio of evidence, and practical tasks.


Entry requirements

Student should be at least 16 years old on entry and have a minimum of: 2 GCSEs grade E or above or Entry Level 3 Functional Skills, along with having enthusiasm, motivation and a commitment to the countryside. All applicants will be invited to attend an interview and an assessment day. Eligibility for this course will depend on your school report and the ability to be successful on the course.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abingdon and Witney College directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year