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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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Virtual Courses and Careers Advice Event at Bicton College – March 2021

27 March 2021, 10:00-12:00


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Virtual University Open Day at Bicton College – March 2021

27 March 2021, 10:00-12:00


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Virtual Apprenticeship Event at Bicton College – March 2021

27 March 2021, 10:00-12:00


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Taster Day at Bicton College – April 2021

7 April 2021, 09:30-15:15


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Taster Day at Bicton College – June 2021

2 June 2021, 09:30-15:15


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  Featured Courses

Land-Based Studies (Countryside Conservation and Horticulture)

Level 1 • Full-time • Bicton College


This sector is all about sustaining, protecting and conserving the natural environment. So if you love the countryside, are passionate about its protection and conservation, and the livelihoods that rely on its existence, then this is the career for you. If you would love a career working outdoors then this course is ideal for you. Throughout your studies you will learn the skills and knowledge needed to manage land and wildlife and have the opportunity to go on field trips and work with numerous organisations such as the National Trust, Forestry England, Dartmoor National Park, RSPB and the Pebblebed Conservation Trust. With access to our beautiful farms and estates this course focuses on practical skills development, ensuring you are work ready when you finish your studies. Bicton College is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the grounds include an 8 acre wet woodland, numerous freshwater habitats, grassland, woodland, farmland and is home to many species including Dormice, Otters, Beavers, Barn Owls, Roe Deer, Grass Snakes, Common Lizards and Greater Horseshoe Bats.

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Land & Wildlife Management Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Bicton College


This sector is all about sustaining, protecting and conserving the natural environment. So if you love the countryside, are passionate about its protection and conservation, and the livelihoods that rely on its existence, then this is the career for you. If you would love a career working outdoors then this course is ideal for you. Throughout your studies you will learn the skills and knowledge needed to manage land and wildlife and have the opportunity to go on field trips and work with numerous organisations such as the National Trust, Forestry England, Dartmoor National Park, RSPB and the Pebblebed Conservation Trust. With access to our beautiful farms and estates this course focuses on practical skills development, ensuring you are work ready when you finish your studies. Bicton College is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the grounds include an 8 acre wet woodland, numerous freshwater habitats, grassland, woodland, farmland and is home to many species including Dormice, Otters, Beavers, Barn Owls, Roe Deer, Grass Snakes, Common Lizards and Greater Horseshoe Bats.

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Zoology CAVA Access To HE Diploma

Level 3 • Part-time • Bicton College


Access courses are designed as a stepping stone to enable motivated, enthusiastic people to progress on to Higher Education. Please Note: This course is only available to applicants who are 19+

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Foundation Learning Vocational Pathway: Vocational Studies

Entry Level • Full-time • Bicton College


The FL Vocational Pathway develops and prepares you for further studies or employment, through a blend of practical and classroom-based learning. In this Pathway you will experience a wide range of vocational areas providing you with invaluable information to assist with career choice pathways. You will have the opportunity to explore a range of vocational options: utilising cross-college departments to gain an insight in to different areas and develop your skills through internal employment based experiences. The invaluable opportunity for work placements can also form a part of your learning. This Pathway is offered at different campuses. The vocational options on offer are specific to the campus you choose to study at, where you will benefit from being taught be a range of highly-skilled professionals. Our vision is to support you to be INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENT AND RESILIENT so that you are well-prepared to engage with the wider community. Level 1 City and guilds land-based work-based operations course will give you a range of opportunities and experiences to inform your future steps, assist with your progression and find out what’s right for you.

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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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GCSEs & Functional Skills
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Social Care & Health
Land-based Engineering & Technology
Agriculture & Countryside Management
Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture
Foundation Learning
Wildlife Conservation & Zoology

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