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Land-based Studies Level 1 at Wiltshire College

Course description

If you are looking for a route into an ‘outdoor’ career working with animals, plants or machinery this course could help you get the experience and knowledge you need!
This course provides a practical approach to learning; developing the basic skills and knowledge needed for work in the land and environmental sectors.
It includes practical care of small animals, farm livestock and plants including trees and shrubs. You will also learn how to work in subjects such as conservation, estate work and how to use equipment and machinery such as mowers and strimmers.
You will complete a period of work experience as part of the course, which will take place on campus.

Course content

You will learn about:
  • Working in a Team 
  • Self-Management Skills 
  • Groom a Small Animal 
  • Care of Farm Animals 
  • Assist with the Maintenance of Equipment 
  • Assist with the Care of Small Animals 
  • Assist with the Movement of Animals 
  • Assist with Preparing and Maintaining Livestock Accommodation 
  • Assist with Animal Accommodation 
  • Assist with Maintaining Plants 
  • Assist with the Basic Preparation and Operation of a Tractor 
Units are subject to change.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade E or above, including Maths and English , or progression from the Entry Level 3 Vocational Skills Diploma - Land-based (Skills for Working Life).
Entry is subject to a successful interview and positive references.


Although study periods are timetabled into the college week, you may need to carry out some work at home in order to complete the written work on time. This also helps in preparing you for progression onto Level 2 courses.
Each unit of study will be assessed by a combination of written assignments, workbooks, class exercises and practical assessments and projects. 
The main qualification is the BTEC Leve1 1 Diploma in Landbased Studies.
In addition students will work towards achieving the following:
Level 1 Award in Practical Environmental and Conservation Skills
Level 1 Award in Personal and Social Development
Functional Skills in English and Maths

Future opportunities

Successfully achieving all of the qualifications on this course provides a good basis for progression onto Level 2 Diploma courses including Agriculture, Animal Care, Horse Care, Countryside and Environment, Horticulture and Floristry.
A positive reference from the Programme Leader is also needed to gain entry onto a Level 2 course.
With further training and experience you could work in a wide range of landbased industries such as animal care, agriculture, horticulture, horse care, agricultural engineering, floristry, countryside management and conservation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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