Qualifications + work experience = a Career Edge
If you are wondering what to do after GCSEs we can help. Our courses are developed to help you reach your full potential. To do this we combine your qualification with work experience and personal skills and development to make you stand out from the crowd. We want to make sure that you are well prepared for the workplace or higher education no matter what you decide to do with your future.
Bicton College is #thecareercollege, our courses train you for specific careers, with hands-on practical training you can take straight into the workplace. This starts with two options; full-time education or an apprenticeship.
Full-time education at Bicton College begins with choosing a specialist qualification designed with your chosen career in mind. We have a wide range of subjects to choose from including; Animal Care, Agriculture, Arboriculture, Conservation, Equine Management, Floristry, Foundation Learning, Horticulture, Land-based Engineering, Military & Protective Services, Plant Operations & Groundworks and Vet Nursing.
If you are fortunate enough to know the career route you want to follow, why wait? With an apprenticeship you can earn a real salary and learn in the workplace while you gain experience and qualifications. Throughout your apprenticeship you will have the support of your college tutor to ensure your learning is on track and an apprenticeship advisor who will visit you at work to make sure you are happy and thriving in the workplace.
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The Basics of Equine Nutrition
No Qualification • Full-time • Bicton College
Practical Horticulture Skills City & Guilds Award Level 1 (Grow your Own)
Level 1 • Part-time • Powderham Castle
City & Guilds Award in Practical Horticulture – Sustainable Food Growing
Level 2 • Part-time • Plotgate Community Farm
Diploma in Equine Management
Level 3 • Full-time • Bicton College
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Work experience and industry placements
If you are between 16 and 18 years old part of your full-time study programme will include a Work Experience Placement. This involves working at a local business which is in the same industry as your course, i.e. if you are taking a horticulture qualification you may work at a local garden centre. The minimum amount of time you would spend on work experience is one week but this will change depending on your course.
If you are on a level 3 course your work experience may take the form of an Industry Placement. An Industry Placement is a minimum of 315 hours (approx. 45 days) and involves actively contributing to the workplace whilst working on targets which you have set yourself. These targets may be hard skills i.e. knowledge and skills related to the industry, as well as soft skills i.e. behaviours, values and employability.
The Industry Placement and Work Experience Placement that you undertake will depend on your course and circumstances. This will be discussed in more detail at your interview. See the current vacancies we have to give you an idea of what is possible.