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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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Courses and Careers Advice Event at Bicton College

6 February 2021, 10:00-12:00


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University Open Day at Bicton College

6 February 2021, 10:00-12:00


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Taster Day at Bicton College

17 February 2021, 09:30-15:15


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  Featured Courses

RHS Certificate In The Principles Of Plant Growth, Propagation & Development

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College, RHS Garden Rosemoor


This is a theory based course focusing on plant growth, propagation and development. This course is available at Bicton College and Rosemoor, North Devon.

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RHS Principles Of Garden Planning, Construction And Planting

Level 3 • Part-time • Bicton College


This is a theory based qualification and will improve your horticultural knowledge. This course may be ideal for you if want to develop your career in horticulture and progress onto a supervisory or management role.

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Agriculture Certificate

Level 2 • Full-time • Bicton College


Without food we simply would not survive and the growing world population is making increasing demands on the agricultural industry and the people that work within it. Agriculture makes a significant contribution to the economy in the South West of England and provides a wide range of exciting job opportunities. Level 2 is an intermediate level programme equivalent to GCSE grade 5-9. The programme is aimed at individuals with a keen interest in agriculture and a desire to develop a greater understanding of the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the industry. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your confidence, agricultural knowledge and practical skills, alongside more general skills required to gain employment or to continue your academic study. Many of these skills will also be transferable to a range of other land based sectors to widen career opportunities. You will be learning from experienced agriculturalists both inside the classroom and on the college farm, it could be milking our herd of dairy cows, lambing our flock of sheep or ploughing a field before we plant our maize crop. You will spend some of your course time working alongside the farm staff, following the farm activities as you progress through the year, you could be selecting ewes for breeding in September, fencing in October, calving cows in February or shearing a ewe in May. You will have the opportunity to develop your confidence, knowledge and practical skills, alongside more general skills required to gain employment or to continue in education. As a level 2 course this diploma is all about introducing you to the agricultural industry or developing the skills that you already have to give you the very best opportunity to move onto a more technical agriculture course or enter the industry as an apprentice.

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BSc (Hons) Emergency Sector Management And Interoperability

Level 6 • Full-time • Bicton College


This 1 year top up programme is unique and very distinctive in offering high level training in interoperability. In 2012 the Government formed the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) to address the recommendations and findings from a number of major incident reports, which stressed the need for all the services involved in planning for and in responding to emergencies, to co-operate in a more effective manner. The development of interoperability is pivotal so that the emergency services can respond to the increasing challenges facing the modern world. On completion of this programme you will have credible graduate level skills and knowledge, in addition to relevant work experience, enabling you to both enter into and then rapidly advance through into leadership positions within your chosen professions. The programme content will look at the current challenges faced by the emergency services and sector in moving towards more cohesive and interoperable methods of working in an uncertain world. These include the issues around modern day terrorism, the requirements for organisational change within the emergency sector to meet these demands and to ensure greater effectiveness in joint working. People and workforce management issues will also be included in the programme content where relevant models and theories will be examined and appraised.

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

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Duchy College and Bicton College Further Education Prospectus 2020


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Publish date: 28 February 2020

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Falmouth Marine School Prospectus 2020


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Cornwall College Further Education Prospectus 2020


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Publish date: 1 October 2019

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Duchy College and Bicton College Prospectus


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Falmouth Marine School Prospectus


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