Foundation Level 1


This is a great introductory course if you’d like to work in the countryside or outdoors. You’ll focus on your practical skills by working with natural habitats and building countryside structures. You’ll also explore employment opportunities across the industry.

With lots of support and guidance throughout the year, this will help you build your confidence ready to progress onto further study or work once you’ve completed the course.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Maintenance of equipment
  • Maintaining structures and surfaces
  • Maintaining animal accommodation
  • Planting and establishing plants
  • Transporting supplies
  • Habitat management
  • Health and safety
  • Preparation for interview
  • Work experience
  • Personal development classes
  • Job applications and course applications
  • You will undertake a 2-3 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Some GCSEs at grades E/F
  • If you think your grades will be below E/F, we advise you to apply for the Entry Level Programme

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • A wide range of land and environment based jobs, working with animals, conservation, farming or working with machinery
  • Combine work with training on an Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship in an agriculture or countryside based career
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.