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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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Taster Day at Bicton College – June 2021

2 June 2021, 09:30-15:15


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Apprenticeship Games 2021

11 June 2021, 08:30-17:00


To you have what it takes to be crowned apprentice team of the year? Hosted by The Cornwall College Group, The Apprenticeship Games will be held on Friday 11th June at Cornwall College, Camborne. Teams from the South West’s leading apprenticeship employers will be competing in a series of exciting and interactive challenges. Teams will be able to showcase their leadership, teamwork and communication skills, plus meet and engage with other apprentices and businesses.

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Bicton College Open Day

26 June 2021, 10:00-16:00


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  Featured Courses

Land-based Engineering Apprenticeship

Level 2 • Work-based • Bicton College


We work with a wide range of local and regional employers providing apprenticeship training for land-based engineering. Whether that is farm machinery or grounds keeping on an estate or resort. To follow the apprenticeship route and earn while you learn, you will need to find a company with an element of land-based engineering to employ you. The majority of your time will be spent in the workplace with one day a week at college learning theory and the latest maintenance and repair techniques. To become fully qualified you must complete the Level 3 qualification. There are numerous machines available in this sector and your career could see you working on precision farming machinery, carrying out a variety of tasks: the construction and maintenance of mechatronics, remote sensors, robotic systems and farming automation; designing, installing and maintaining dairy equipment; maintaining and repairing grounds care machinery on golf courses or football grounds, off-road vehicles such as AVTs used by land owners and farmer on larger estates, forestry equipment such as chainsaws and timber production plants or food technology manufacturing plant operations and repairs. There has never been a better time to apply for a Land-based service Engineer apprenticeship. The land-based engineering sector is technologically advancing at a fascinating rate, encompassing systems such as precision farming aids like satellite guidance, telematics, electronic controls and driverless technology. Skilled engineers are in high demand and a land-based engineering apprenticeship is your way into this industry. For further information on apprenticeships and careers within land-based engineering, visit www.landbasedengineering.com

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Introduction To Healthy Gardening (Occupational Studies Award)

Entry Level • Part-time • Bicton College


Learn how to garden for your own health and that of the environment, growing organic vegetables, flowers and plants, creating wildlife sanctuaries and gardening with nature, creating sensory planting schemes and areas of rest and tranquility. Whether you are new to gardening or would like to learn more for a career change, whatever your experience – you are welcome to come and join us. This course runs at Foxhole Community Garden – Dartington.

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FdSc Animal Health & Management

Level 5 • Full-time • Bicton College


Gain a sound understanding of issues surrounding animal health, disease, behaviour, welfare and the management of animal collections. Making use of our excellent practical facilities and links with Dartmoor Zoological Park and various charitable organisations across Cornwall and Devon, we can ensure that you have excellent access to hands-on experience and the benefit of up-to-date knowledge. Aspects of animal health and management are studied through a range of inter-related modules, giving you a solid grounding in this specialist area. Study tours in Year 1 and Year 2 will allow you to further your knowledge and experiences both nationally and internationally. You will have amazing opportunities to develop your knowledge of health, welfare and husbandry, and to work with a wide range of species within our Animal Management Centres at our Bicton College. You will have access to our Equine Yard. Links with Dartmoor Zoological Park have developed in the past few years and there are sound opportunities for you to broaden your experiences to a wider range of exotic species, including big cats, wolves, monkeys, capybara, tapirs and wallabies.We also work closely with a number of other animal organisations strengthening our links within the industry. This course is also available with Science Gateway, perfect for you if you would like to study any of the science-based Foundation Degrees (FdSc) we offer, but don’t have the right qualifications or grades to do so.

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Practical Horticulture Skills Certificate: Organic Vegetable Production

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College


This course is a great introduction to organic horticulture, with a focus on food growing. Following the seasons students look at soils, seeds, compost, and plant care, as well as creating planting plans and exploring different approaches to food growing including permaculture, forest gardening, no-dig gardening and working with wildlife. The local food economy is growing fast and many more people are keen to connect with where their food comes from. This offers many opportunities as producers and for professional gardeners to expand their skill-set to offer food growing and wildlife gardening to their customers. The course is delivered by experienced growers who have themselves been through the process of gaining qualifications and practical experience in organic growing before they launched their own growing enterprise. The techniques and tools used will be applicable to both the home/ allotment gardener, professional gardeners and people who might want to set up their own food growing enterprise.

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

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Duchy College and Bicton College Further Education Prospectus 2020


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