Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

Entry to Land Based Studies is a course for 16-19 year olds who are committed to learning in both a practical and classroom based environment designed to support you to develop the skills and knowledge required in the land based industry.

This programme aims to support the social, emotional and behavioural needs of leaners as well as academic attainment. 

What does the course involve?

Each programme offers a set of practical units, including functional, independent and social skills to support your transition through College.

You will learn about a range of Land-based subjects, including

  • Horticulture
  • Conservation and Landscaping
  • Small Animal Care
  • Construction

What makes this course special?

Skilled and experienced tutors who assess your individual learning needs and work with you to design a challenging programme to support you to achieve. Staff will work with you to develop your social, emotional and behaviour management skills so that you will be able to progress onto further education and/or employment.

Learners will experience a variety of practical activities, working in the workshop, glasshouse, poly tunnel, animal care and specialist teaching areas to enable you to develop your Independent Living Skills.

Small teaching groups, individual personal tutors, LSA support, regular reviews, work experience, volunteering, residential trips and visits are all planned to ensure you achieve and progress at college.

Placements/Work Placements

Where appropriate you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement supported by our work placement officer 

Entry Requirements

  • A particular interest in Land-based activities
  • Demonstrate the  motivation and commitment to undertake a full-time course
  • Have the ability to learn as part of a group of 8 - 10
  • Be working at Entry Level 1 or above

What are the assessment methods?

You will take part in initial assessment to establish your starting point and agree your Individual Learning targets.

You will build a portfolio of evidence, including photographs, practical and written assessments. Staff will also observe you both in lessons and on work experience (where appropriate). You will have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications.

How will I know I am making progress?

Weekly tutor feedback, two-way Reviews, subject reports, termly student/parent reviews, transition reviews, annual end of year reports.

How long is the course?

The course can take up to three years to complete with three one-year programmes to work through. 

What are the College attendance requirements?

You will be expected to attend college for 4 days a week from 9.30am to 3.15pm.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • Clothing £90
  • Residential/Day trips £350
  • Materials £170

You may be eligible for a college bursary to meet the cost of your programme, dependent on your household income. You can get more information about this from our Student Support team.

What are the progression options?

On successful completion you will be able to apply for a further education programme, a level 1 course in a related subject area, employment (paid, voluntary or supported) or an apprenticeship.


  • Employment
  • Level 1 Animal care
  • Level 1 Horticulture
  • Level 1 Agriculture

Awarding Body

  • City & Guilds

Further Information