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Professional training courses at Bicton College

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Some of the professional training courses available at Bicton College

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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City and Guilds Practical Horticulture Skills

Level 2 • Part-time • Dartington College


Focussing upon the fundamental practical skills in horticulture, the learner will be able to learn skills such as planting out, preparing ground, plant maintenance techniques. An Award in Practical Horticulture Skills is for adult learners (19+) and adults getting started in the horticulture industry. Or you might be working in a horticulture job and want to improve your skills. You don’t need any previous experience or a current work placement. This level will suit you if you’ve developed a real interest in Horticulture and want to either progress into work, progress from Level 1 to other related horticulture qualifications, or if you have a passion for learning more about horticulture and developing your skills and knowledge further. The qualification is taken as part-time learning from Dartington.

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Animal Care Diploma

Level 1 • Full-time • Bicton College


Learn the basic skills to start your career working with animals on our Level 1 Animal Care course. If your GCSEs were not what you expected, this course is an ideal starting point in order to progress onto Level 2. You will learn the basic skills and knowledge associated with animal care working with a wide range of animals including: feeding, cleaning and exercising and general care. Our campuses are also home to a large variety of animals which include bearded dragons, snakes, pigs, tortoises, rats, rabbits, donkeys, poultry and cattle. Caring for animals can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career. From working in kennels and catteries to pet shops, rescue centres or sanctuaries, there is a wide range of careers available on successful completion of your course. With access to animal collections on campus you will gain the practical training you need to pursue a career in this exciting industry.

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Introduction to Animal Care

Entry Level • Part-time • Bicton College


Introduction to Animal Care will provide an overview of our adult provision within this sector. The following topics will be covered: • An introduction to dog grooming; learn how to carry out a basic bath and groom. • An introduction to wildlife and conservation by taking a walk through our natural woodlands, parklands and lake; learn how to observe nature and the environment. • An overview of canine care, training and husbandry; learn how to best care for and train your canine friend. These topics could then lead onto courses that are directly linked to qualifications to suit your next career move or interests. Help with applying for the next courses will be offered on the day and some time will also be spent on the day carrying out initial assessments to ensure we can support you with an specific skills around English and maths that would be required for the next courses we offer.

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Land Based Studies – Horse Care Pathway

Level 1 • Full-time • Bicton College


Learn the basic skills to start your career working with Horses on our Level 1 Horse Care course. If your GCSEs were not what you expected, this course is an ideal starting point in order to progress onto Level 2. You will learn the basic skills and knowledge associated with horse care including: feeding, cleaning and exercising and general care. Caring for horses can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career and there are a wide range of options available on successful completion of your course. Our top class facilities include stabling for 24 horses, horse walker, solarium, and covered practical area, 20m x 60m indoor arena with viewing gallery and 30m x 60m outdoor arena. We provide a range of horses to suit all abilities including cobs, thoroughbreds, young horses and competition horses.

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Chainsaw Maintenance And Cross Cutting

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College


This course is the introduction to the suite of NPTC Certificate of Competence chainsaw qualifications. The course runs every month for a duration of 3 days. Please contact us for information on dates and times. You will cover the following: Basic use and maintenance of the chainsaw Current health and safety legislation and safety clothing (PPE) guidance Fuel mixtures and lubricants Power unit, safety features, recoil starter Chain identification, bar maintenance, sharpening Hot and cold start Chainsaw handling and cutting techniques

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Technical Certificate in Horse Care

Level 2 • Full-time • Bicton College


If you can’t get enough of horses and have your sights set on working with them, then this is the course for you and can be your first step into a career working in the equine industry. The course is made up of a mixture of academic lessons and practical lessons, with lots of opportunities to work around the horses and on the yard. You’ll be working on a range of different topics and units on this course including: Horse health, the equine industry, feeding and watering, grassland management, anatomy and physiology, tack and equipment and environmental and land-based business studies. Basically, you will be studying all aspects of equestrianism to build and develop you theoretical knowledge and working on improving your practical skills. Our top class facilities include stabling for 24 horses, horse walker, solarium, and covered practical area, 20m x 60m indoor arena with viewing gallery and 30m x 60m outdoor arena. We provide a range of horses to suit all abilities including cobs, thoroughbreds, young horses and competition horses. As a Level 2 qualification, this Technical Certificate is all about introducing you to the equine industry and developing your essential skills. You’ll be learning from experienced and well qualified staff, who are there to give you the very best start to your career. There are 2 options on the course, riding or non-riding.

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Land-based Engineering Certificate

Level 2 • Full-time • Bicton College


If you love science, technology, engineering, or information technology, then a career in land-based engineering could be for you. The skills and types of land-based engineering include diagnostics repair and testing, all in the context of diesel and petrol engines, equipment controlled by GPS technology and integrated into environmental information – a fantastic mix of innovation and problem solving. It’s not all about farming either, everything concerned with the upkeep and control of the countryside, forestry, sports grounds and open spaces involves the application of engineering solutions. We offer both full-time and apprenticeship routes for school leavers. Once you have completed the Level 3 qualification you will be able to work all over the world in a range of careers maintaining and repairing land-based machinery and technology. Modern agriculture is amazing and if you look more closely you will see things that will truly impress you. No longer is this an industry caught in a technological backwater. The career opportunities are fantastic and those colleges, training providers and universities involved will tell you that the job opportunities are excellent with many more jobs than there are people to fill them. This intermediate qualification is equivalent to five GCSEs and is an ideal starting point to learn the basics for a career in land-based engineering. Useful links: www.landbasedengineering.com www.iagre.org

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Safe Use Of Pesticides PA1 & PA6

Professional Qualification • Part-time • Bicton College


This course will enhance understanding, and enable successful students to legally spray their own land, or that of their employer, using Pedestrian Handheld Applicator Equipment (knapsack). The first day will consist of the PA1 theory training, with an online test in the afternoon. This covers the storage, handling, and application of pesticides. The second day is the PA6 Handheld Applicator training; there is then an allocated timeslot on the third day to take the PA6 assessment. The qualification to be gained is a Level 2 City & Guilds lifetime-qualification. The following PPE will be needed for the training: Clean wellington boots (for the PA6) Clean coverall spray suit (for the PA6) Nitrile gloves (for the PA6) Face shield (for the PA6)

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Diploma in Equine Management

Level 3 • Full-time • Bicton College


If you already have experience with horses as well as the passion & determination to turn it into a career then this is the course for you. It will help you to take your existing skills to a professional sphere & prepare you to work in the equine industry or progress to higher education. You will have lectures in a range of subjects from Nutrition to Fitness, as well as practical lessons. Our top class facilities include stabling for 24 horses, horse walker, solarium, and covered practical area, 20m x 60m indoor arena with viewing gallery and 30m x 60m outdoor arena. We provide a range of horses to suit all abilities including cobs, thoroughbreds, young horses and competition horses. You’ll be able to ride a range of horses at college that are suited to develop your individual skills. Level 3 students organise and run shows in a range of disciplines and also have the chance to compete in them on our college horses. We are also a BHS exam centre so can support you in taking these additional qualifications. When on yard duties you will be undertaking normal horse care tasks such as feeding, mucking out, grooming and also clipping throughout the winter. As part of the duty team you will also have the opportunity to learn supervisory skills, getting you ready for a career with horses. We often have competitions at weekends in our Equestrian Centre so you will also have the opportunity to get involved with these. You could learn to be a steward, work with a course builder or write for a dressage judge. You’ll be learning from experienced and well qualified staff, who are there to ensure you reach your full potential.

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Basic Woodwork Skills

No Qualification • Part-time • Bicton College


Want to try something new? Learn a new skill? Uplift that old furniture or have a home project but not sure how to tackle it Practical onsite course What will you cover • Refurbish Old furniture • Re use textiles • Basic woodwork skills including join wood materials and finishing wood-based surfaces This course will run from 09:00 to 16:00

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Horse Knowledge & Care

Entry Level • Part-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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Organic pest and disease control

No Qualification • Part-time • Bicton College


If you struggle to control pests and diseases in the greenhouse of garden learn how to identify and control a range of common pests and diseases by organic methods. This course is recommended for anyone who is interested in growing healthy plants including a ornamentals, fruit and vegetables. If you are a new gardener or working in the industry this is an opportunity to improve your pest and disease control skills.

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Eco Friendly Floristry

Level 1 • Part-time • Bicton College


This course follows on from the knowledge you have learnt from the Introduction Eco Friendly course. It will expand your knowledge by looking at different ways to create designs without the use of any floral foam, and explain how to keep wastage to a bare minimum.

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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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Christmas door wreath and table arrangement workshop

No Qualification • Full-time • Bicton College


Join our floristry tutors Denise Cross and Lucy Somerville in the beautiful grounds of Bicton College for a workshop to make a beautiful Christmas wreath to hang on your door and a lovely table arrangement (with optional Candles) to decorate your table for the festive season. The tutors will share expert tips to help you create an attractive wreath using lots of lovely evergreen foliage and fresh moss along with scented cinnamon sticks, fir cones and orange slices. The tuition is free , however materials will be available to purchase to complete the 2 designs at a cost of £15 (Payable on the day) but you may wish to bring some of your own decorations, garden foliage etcetera to personalise your designs.

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