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Access to Land-based Studies

Key course information

Land-based Engineering


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

Our estate spans over 1600 acres and is home to a range of typical lowland environments, from river frontage and wetlands to ancient woodland, farmland and a dedicated deer park with a herd of fallow deer. Lackham is also home to its own commercial shoot, which runs throughout the shooting season. Gamekeeping students are actively involved in the management of the shoot and are able to run the shoot days during their studies.FacilitiesLackham is set in the middle of the Wiltshire countryside, providing the perfect natural habitat for students to learn the necessary skills and experience needed to launch their career in this ever-expanding market. Conservation students are actively involved in the development and management of the Lackham estate, creating and cultivating habitats for British wildlife and learning green woodcraft skills at the dedicated outdoor education facility. Students also undertake field projects and surveys for deer, birds, fish and other native British mammals all found on the Lackham estate.If you are looking for a route into an ‘outdoor’ career working with animals, plants or machinery this course could help you get the experience and knowledge you need! This course provides a practical approach to learning; developing the basic skills and knowledge needed for work in the land and environmental sectors. It includes practical care of small animals, farm livestock and plants including trees and shrubs. You will also learn how to work in subjects such as conservation, estate work and how to use equipment and machinery such as mowers and strimmers. You will complete a period of work experience as part of the course, which will take place on campus.

four students walking through woodland area
female student smiling in the outdoors with a notepad
male student outdoors examining the tree
tray of eggs
four students walking through woodland area
female student smiling in the outdoors with a notepad
male student outdoors examining the tree
tray of eggs

What will I learn?

The aim of the qualification is to provide a sound knowledge and skills base which will allow progression to further learning or qualifications, or into employment opportunities.

You will learn about;

Safe & Effective Working Practices in Land-based Industries
Preparing to work in the Land based industries
Contribute to the maintenance of plants
Assist with the movement, handling & accommodation of animals
Carry out Tractor operations
Introduction to Wildlife & Conservation
Introduction to Production Livestock & Breeds

Units are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade E or above, including Maths and English, or progression from the Entry Level 3 Vocational Skills Diploma - Land-based (Skills for Working Life).

Entry is subject to a successful interview and positive references.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Although study periods are timetabled into the college week, you may need to carry out some work at home in order to complete the written work on time. This also helps in preparing you for progression onto Level 2 courses.

Each unit of study will be assessed by a combination of written assignments, workbooks, class exercises and practical assessments and projects.

The main qualification is the Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies

Additional Costs and Information

You will be required to supply your own protective clothing, for example gloves, overalls (not nylon) and steel toe capped work boots. It is a course requirement to wear protective personal equipment for practical activities.

As the course has a high number of practical outdoor activities, it is essential for students to be appropriately dressed for the weather.

Visits and field trips are an integral part of this course. You will need to meet the costs of travel and ticket entry for educational visits which may be arranged, information will be provided in good time prior to visits occurring.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Land-based Engineering

Career Opportunities

  • Land-based Service Engineer
  • Plant Maintenance Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer

  • Technician
  • Welder
  • Tractor Driver

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