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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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Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College


This Level 2 City and Guilds Certificate course is for adult learners wishing to gain basic skills in dog grooming and bathing, in preparation for the Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming. It will not give you the qualifications required to work as a professional groomer, but it will give you the experience and skills necessary to progress to Level 3. *Fees apply, please discuss course cost at interview.

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Award In Tree Climbing & Rescue

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College


This training course is intended for those involved in tree climbing operations and leads to the NPTC Certificate of Competence to Climb Trees and Perform Aerial rescue. It does not involve use of a chainsaw, but covers the minimum requirement for a ground person working with a climber in arboriculture. As aerial rescue is obligatory, those attending should have a ‘head for heights’. Training takes place over the first 5 days with assessment on Day 6. On this course you will identify functions and fitting of specialist equipment, use and tying of specialist knots, pre-climbing equipment checks; identification of hazards such as overhead cables, role of the climber and of the ground person, secure working position, climbing techniques, branch walking, use of supplementary anchor points, storage of equipment and regulations (LOLER, PUWER). This course runs every month, please contact us for further details on dates and times.

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Horse Knowledge & Care

Entry Level • Full-time • Bicton College


This course will provide you with a basic introduction into horse-husbandry and care. This will link directly to the British Horse Society Career Pathway assessments at Stage one. The assessment will be taken by our in-house assessor at the end of the course where there will be an administration/registration fee of £65. A fee waiver to the course (not exam registration) will be subject to individual circumstances.

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Land Based Forklift Truck Operations City & Guilds Award

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College


A practical course which meets the Health and Safety Executive requirements for this type of machine. The course promotes awareness of hazards in lift truck operation (rough terrain), machine capabilities/limitations, and develops operator skills with telescopic materials handlers. This qualification will appeal to those who use a forklift as part of their work in agriculture, horticulture or distribution and warehousing. It has been developed to cover the “basic training” requirements of the Approved Code of Practice for Rider Operated Forklift Trucks. This does not replace any legal requirement for a driving licence. Course includes : Health and Safety at Work Act Machine controls Safe handling techniques Daily maintenance checks Brakes and braking Manoeuvering with and without loads Operating hydraulics and stacking procedures This course runs once a month, for further information please register your interest below.

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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.

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Land-based Engineering & Technology
Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture
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Social Care & Health
Military & Protective Services Academy
Equine
Foundation Learning
Wildlife Conservation & Zoology
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing

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