Land-Based Studies - Level 1
This is a hands-on introduction to animal care and agriculture with educational visits and transferable skills.
You will take part in a variety of exciting practical projects, both on the estate working with cattle and sheep and in the animal care unit with a variety of animals such as rodents, reptiles and birds. There are educational visits to such places as zoological gardens, wildlife parks, farms, agricultural shows or markets.
This course provides an ideal introduction to land-based industries, including agriculture and animal care, and will help you decide if these are areas in which you would like to work. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain a variety of transferable skills, such as handling both large and small animals, grooming, conducting health checks, or estate maintenance. You will experience working in a range of environments relevant to the industry and will be taught in both practical and theory-based sessions.
Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies
You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.
- Care of Farm Animals
- Handling, Feeding and Accommodation of Small Animals
- Wildlife and Conservation
- Repair and Maintenance of Fencing, Paths and Other Structures
Each unit will be assessed by a combination of assignments, class exercises, practical assessments and end-of-unit assessments. There is also an online health and safety test. All students are expected to undertake work experience relevant to their area of interest.
Maths and English
All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies, please refer to the Study Programmes page of this website.
- A minimum of 2 GCSEs or equivalent or Entry 3 qualification or equivalent
- Initial assessment for English and maths
- Successful interview
- An enthusiasm for the subject
Progression routes are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
- Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture
- Intermediate Apprenticeship In Agriculture
- Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care
- Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care
Employment options may include:
- Farm work
- Conservation/horticulture work
- Kennel/Pet Shop Assistant
Contact: 0800 032 1986
Aged 16 - 18 years: There are no tuition or exam fees | Materials Fee £180
Aged 19 years or over (at the start of the course): Tuition Fee £945 | Materials Fee £180 | Registration/Exam Fee £160
Please Note: Costs are subject to change, please call Enquiries on 0800 032 1986 to check.