Level 1

Land-Based Diploma

If you’re interested in finding out about agriculture, horticulture and the countryside, this is the course for you.

You’ll be introduced to the land based industry and enjoy working with our farm animals, gardens, wildlife and growing plants.

You’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as well as develop your personal and social skills, helping you to progress on to further study or work.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries 
  • Develop performance in land-based industries 
  • Contribute to the establishment of plants  
  • Contribute to the maintenance of plants  
  • Assist with the care of animals  
  • Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals 
  • Introduction to wildlife and conservation  
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

These units are subject to change. 

How long will it take?

  • 1 year depending on your needs, ability and progress
  • Full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need any formal entry requirements to enrol on this course

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Progress onto a Level 2 Diploma or Level 2 Apprenticeship in your subject or a related area, or 
  • Go straight into employment

Career options

  • A wide range of land and environment based jobs, such as working with animals, conservation or farming
  • Combine work with training on an Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship in an agriculture or horticulture 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.

Student Profile
Lizzy Massey

Ambition: Farming business owner

School: Home schooled

Age: 16

An outdoor girl with an entrepreneurial spirit, Lizzy chose Reaseheath because she wants qualifications to help her launch her own agricultural business.

Interested in farming since she was very young, Lizzy has loved getting hands-on with the livestock on our college farm and has also enjoyed the academic side of her course – getting on with her assignments and making the most of campus life.

She’s helped to halter train our calves ready for the showring, weighed pigs in our high welfare pig unit and helped our sheep flock manager prepare for the lambing season.

Lizzy, whose family runs several land-based businesses, has moved up to our Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture course this year and is considering progressing to Level 3.

She says: “The Level 1 course gives you a great start because it’s a good mix of practical and academic sessions. The best thing is that you get hands-on with the animals and learn how to care for and manage them properly.

“Reaseheath is a great place to study. Everyone is really friendly and mix in well. It’s easy to find your way round campus too.”