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Towards Land Based/Animal Care Studies


Type: Full Time

Subject: Entry Level and Supported Learning


Start Date: 02 September 2019

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

1 Year


Entry 3l to Level 1

Who is it for

This qualification is designed to give an insight into land based subjects. The course provides a wide range of personal development and employability skills but with the core emphasis on practical skills.

What will I need

There are no entry requirements for the course however you cannot study below your current minimum level qualification.
You must be prepared to handle the animals and will be shown how to handle them safely. You will need to be prepared to work outdoors and we cannot always order perfect weather!

What is covered

Animal Care is included in our land based course.
We have two animal care areas within the College. The outside Quad area has rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens. The indoor Exotics unit has animals such as rats, hamsters, tortoises, snakes and bearded dragons. All locations are adaptable to accommodate all students including those with mobility issues.
Within our sessions we carry out a variety of practical tasks such as feeding, health checking and cleaning enclosures. We also learn about animal handling rules, jobs with animals and various animal needs. We also cover communication, numeracy and teamwork skills.

The other aspect of our land based course is Horticulture. We have dedicated areas for our learners to gain practical skills such as preparing ground, identifying plants, growing fruit and vegetables from seed and understanding the best conditions for each plant.
Students will also be involved in maintaining and developing the wildlife areas within the community garden.

What else is included?
The following additional subjects are built into your course:

Independent Living Skills
This part of the timetable is an opportunity to develop skills for living independently. The department uses our timber–framed house; a domestically kitted out building with two kitchens, bathroom and bedroom to practice a range of skills, including:
•Cooking a range of snacks and meals
•Washing, drying, and ironing
•Storing items correctly
•Household chores and cleaning: such as hoovering, sweeping, cleaning appliances and dusting.

Sports and Competition
We offer a sports/competition morning once a week in addition to your normal timetable. During the sports session you will have the opportunity to choose from a number of activities which may include football, hockey, rounders, and a wide variety of indoor games and activities.
The second half of the morning is a competition session in which learners compete as part of a house team to win points throughout the year. The activities included range from group
sports, to team building and puzzles/challenges.

We have great IT facilities, incorporating tablets, laptops and large, touch screen PC's with software and hardware to specifically cater for different learning needs that students may have. As well as specific sessions once a week, IT is embedded into other aspects of the study programme, to help learners build their skills and confidence in this area.

Tutorial sessions once a week are in place to introduce learners to topics such as British Values, equality and diversity and a range of issues linked to health, safety and wellbeing. A different theme is explored each week, and the sessions are often a chance for creative activities, discussion, and student–led debate.

Are there any additional costs

Educational trips, approximately £25 per year.

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