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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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City & Guilds Practical Horticulture skills – Grow Your Own

Level 1 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture


This course is designed to give you the opportunity to improve your gardening skills to allow you to progress in your career within horticulture and vegetable production.

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City & Guilds Dog Grooming Diploma Level 3

Level 3 • Part-time • Animal management & Veterinary Nursing


Having successfully completed the start of a great new career with the level 2 you can progress it even further with this level 3 diploma. Working with dogs is extremely rewarding, but it can require long hours with dedication and enthusiasm. Dog grooming is a constantly growing industry that keeps you on your toes and allows you to learn new techniques and styles with changing fashions of breeds. Completing the level 3 will open up the door for you to run your own business, be it mobile or in a salon or allow you to be employed by others knowing you have reached an industry standard. This level 3 allows you to study at our purpose built dog grooming parlour in the grounds of the college. The course runs for 33 weeks with work experience and guided learning home studying progressing on to attend the college salon on a 1 to 1 basis for 7 days with the course tutor allowing us to guide you through styling your dog. We have a variety of breeds of dogs for you to practice on, from cockapoos to a giant schnauzer.

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RHS Advanced Certificate In Practical Horticulture

Level 3 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture


A practical-based qualification to improve the horticultural skills needed for career development to supervisory or management roles, or to further develop your interest. This course is ideal if you are self employed within horticulture and would like a formal qualification. This course is also offered at Rosemoor in North Devon.

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RHS Certificate In Practical Horticulture

Level 2 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture


This is an ideal qualification for entry into horticultural employment, improving practical skills or further study. It covers a wide range of horticultural topics and up-to-date working practices. This is an appropriate course for someone looking for a career change or to gain a better knowledge

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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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Foundation Learning
Agriculture & Countryside Management
Equine
Animal management & Veterinary Nursing
Wildlife Conservation & Zoology
Arts & Media
Teaching & Education
Military & Protective Services Academy
Land-based Engineering & Technology

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Duchy College and Bicton College Further Education Prospectus 2020


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Publish date: 28 February 2020

Expiry date: 31 August 2020

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Falmouth Marine School Prospectus 2020


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Publish date: 28 February 2020

Expiry date: 31 August 2020

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Cornwall College Further Education Prospectus 2020


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Publish date: 1 October 2019

Expiry date: 31 August 2020

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