Level 1

Land-Based Diploma

With Agriculture, Environmental or Horticulture options

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.

Agriculture

What will I study?

  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries 
  • Develop performance in land-based industries 
  • Assist with the care of animals  
  • Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals 
  • 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
Environmental

What will I study?

  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries 
  • Develop performance in land-based industries 
  • 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
Horticulture

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  
  • 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 2019 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.

Transport

Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

Accommodation

At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 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.

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Student Profile
Thomas Plant

School: Congleton High School

Next step: Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment

Ambition: Countryside ranger

“As a foundation student I studied agriculture, countryside and horticulture and found I enjoyed countryside the most. I like being outside, doing fencing, building stone walls and making paths.

“I worked with the rangers at Astbury Mere Country Park in Congleton every Tuesday from late October to May and I had a couple of full weeks’ work experience there too. It was good fun, even being outside during winter, and I got a good reference.

“I’ve enjoyed the practical sessions at college and I’ve done well with my maths and English. I’m now looking forward to studying in the countryside department.”