Land-Based Studies - Level 1
This is a hands-on introduction to working in animal care with possible pathways into equine and agriculture along with educational visits and transferable skills.
You will take part in a variety of exciting practical projects, both on the estate working with cattle, sheep and horses 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 animal care, agriculture and equine 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.
Qualification: Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies
Duration: One year
You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course and units will be selected, where possible, to match the interests of the group. Unit topics may include:
- Care of Animals
- Handling, Feeding & Accommodation of Small Animals
- Wildlife & Conservation
- Repair & Maintenance of Fencing/ Paths
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 and will study English and maths at an appropriate level.
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 two GCSEs – English and Maths at a grade 2/E or above or an 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:
- Agriculture - Level 2
- Intermediate Apprenticeship In Agriculture
- Animal Care - Level 2
- Horse Care - Level 2
Employment options may include:
- Farm work
- Stable groom
- Conservation/horticulture work
- Kennel/Pet Shop Assistant
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Aged 16 - 18 years: There are no tuition or exam fees
Aged 19 years or over (at the start of the course): Tuition Fee £995 | Registration/Exam Fee £165
Additional Course Costs: £185
Personal Equipment: You will also be expected to buy your own equipment costing approximately £70.
Please Note: Costs are subject to change, please call Enquiries on 0800 032 1986 to check.
Telephone: 0800 032 1986