Years 1, 2 and 3

Entry Level Programme

Try out Animal Care, Horticulture, Agriculture, Countryside and Equine in this exciting 1 year programme.

Your needs are fully assessed before you start and we will keep in contact with your parent or carer all of the time so that everyone is involved in making your life at college enjoyable and successful.

As well as enjoying practical activities you will continue to study maths and English. This course has a strong emphasis on your personal and social development and you will spend time developing your employability skills. You will also complete work experience.

The Entry Level Programme is made up of three separate 1 year courses, this means you will have to reapply each year. For some students the pathway through entry level may take up to 3 years.

Year 1

What will I study?

  • Personal planning
  • Working as part of a team
  • Behaviour at work
  • Managing own money
  • Effective communication
  • Life skills
  • Anger management
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • ‘Fit for Work’ sports activity
  • 50 hours work experience

How long will it take?

  • 1 year

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need exam passes to start but you do need to be at entry level in literacy and numeracy
  • You will have at least one interview and an assessment of your literacy and numeracy and support needs before you are offered a place

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Entry Level Year 1 students could apply to study Entry Level Year 1 again depending on needs, ability and progress, or progress on to study Entry Level Year 2
Year 2

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 1 year

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need exam passes to start but you do need to be at entry level in literacy and numeracy
  • You will have at least one interview and an assessment of your literacy and numeracy and support needs before you are offered a place

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Year 3

What will I study?

  • Developing study skills
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Interview skills
  • Community project
  • Customer service
  • Participating in an enterprise activity
  • ‘Fit for Work’ sports activity
  • 50 hours work experience

How long will it take?

  • 1 year

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need exam passes to start but you do need to be at entry level in literacy and numeracy
  • You will have at least one interview and an assessment of your literacy and numeracy and support needs before you are offered a place

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Student Profile
Matthew Wilkinson

Ambition: Work with animals

School: Oaklands High School, Winsford

Age: 20

Matthew has come on hugely over the four years he’s been with us. He’s grown more confi dent and can be seen all over campus, helping our caretakers to run college events as work experience.

During his course he’s studied horse care, animal care and horticulture, particularly enjoying handling our horses. He’s also worked with cows and weighed pigs! He loves our peaceful campus and does great sketches of our lake – when he’s not too busy with his friends.

Matthew says: “This is a gorgeous place if you enjoy the outdoors, and definitely the place for you if you like animals and gardening.”