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BTEC Introductory Certificate in Land Based Studies at Sir John Gleed School

Course description

Course Description:

BTEC Introductory Certificate in Land Based Studies will introduce you to the wide range of skills and job opportunities that are available within Horticulture. It will give you the opportunity to be taught the theory and carry out lots of practical tasks that will help to equip you with the basic skills fundamental to progression.

From year 9, students work towards achieving the Level 1 BTEC Introductory Certificate in Land Based Studies. You can work towards achieving an Award, Certificate or Diploma.

What will I study?

  • Introduction to all aspects sowing, growing and maintaining vegetables, fruit, flowers, shrubs and trees.
  • Introduction to maintaining tools and mechanical equipment.
  • Introduction to tree pruning, coppicing, felling and clearing.
  • Basic care of farm animals e.g. sheep and lambs.
  • Introduction to vegetative propagation of plants.
  • Preparing for job interviews.


Farm visits are required to complete Unit 14, Care of Animals, where you will be expected to handle animals such as sheep, under supervision. In addition, we have also visited Hill Holt Wood this year where students felled a tree and cleared an area of Hazel and supported the Youth Allotment at Fulney with their growing.

Additional learning opportunities

We also have a Community Garden sponsored by South Holland District Council where students can attend a lunch time club to extend their growing knowledge.


We have close links with The Woodland Trust and Garden Organic whose industry contacts help us deliver a course with the most up to date industry information.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Gleed School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years