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Work Based Diploma in Horse Management

Level 3 • Full-time • Equine department


The first thing you’ll notice about this course is that it’s about practical learning – by the time you have completed this course you will be ready to have your dream job and enter the world of work, such as running a yard and managing a small team. The industry placement part of this course will also support the practical side of the course and with an online portfolio you will be able to upload real live evidence from both College and the work placement settings. The Level 3 is a great stepping stone into the industry, it provides all the experiences you would get from a professional working yard within a learning environment, the Industry placement aspect may also give you the link to your dream job. This 1 year course is a great way of progressing on from our Level 2 equine course or developing existing skills, turning your passion for horses into a lifelong career. The Level 3 covers a wide range of subjects allowing the students to enhance the skills they learnt in Level 2 or have got from previous experiences in the industry, the focus is the step up to a managerial role, taking more responsibility for the horses and the yard. 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. We are one of Devon’s top equestrian indoor competition centres, with a wide variety of unaffiliated and affiliated competitions being held here on a regular basis, you will also gain valuable experience in running Equine competitions. All the staff are BHS trained and hold various BHS qualifications up to Stage 5, including a BHS assessor, BD Judge. Students ride 3 to 4 times a week with a mixture of hacking, schooling and jumping which equates to up to £3000 of riding sessions throughout the year. As a Level 3 course, this diploma is all about developing your key equine skills to the highest standard to work well as part of a team and as the team leader. You’ll be learning from experienced professional instructors and lecturers, who are there to give you the very best start to your career. All the staff are BHS trained and hold various BHS qualifications up to Stage 5, including a BHS assessor, BD Judge.

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Work Based Diploma in Horse Care and Management

Level 2 • Full-time • Equine department


If you can’t get enough of horses and have your sights set on a career in the equine industry, then this is the course for you and will be your first step towards a range of roles involved in working with horses. The first thing you’ll notice about this course is that it’s about practical learning – you’ll be spending a lot of time on our college yard, learning by doing as you work with a range of horses and equipment. You’ll be studying a range of skills covering riding (optional), lungeing, bandaging, feeding, preparing horses for travel, monitoring health and many more. You’ll be studying and developing all of the essential skills you need to work with a range of horses and continue your professional development. Throughout the year we run trips to yards and events, as well as inviting industry professionals into the college to offer careers advice and practical demonstrations. Combined with your work experience this gives plenty of opportunities to explore the different career pathways that this course offers. Our top class facilities include stabling for 24 horses, horse walker, solarium, 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 course, this diploma is all about developing your key equine skills to the highest standard to work well as part of a team. You’ll be learning from experienced professional instructors and lecturers, who are there to give you the very best start to your career. All the staff are BHS trained and hold various BHS qualifications up to Stage 5, including a BHS assessor, BD Judge. Students ride 3 to 4 times a week with a mixture of hacking, schooling and jumping which equates to up to £3000 of riding sessions throughout the year.

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Foundation Learning Works Pathway: Pathway 2 Employment (P2E) Stage 1

Entry Level • Full-time • Foundation Learning department


Looking to work? The FL Works Pathway develops and prepares you for employment. You may study this pathway in 2 stages. Pathway to Employment Stage 1 and Pathway to Employment Stage 2 (Supported Internship). Pathway to Employment Stage 1: This course helps you on your journey towards the world of work. You will develop a range of employability skills, gaining work and community experiences through activities on campus and the local area. Your course will be a blend of practical and classroom-based learning; including an internal work placement. This Pathway is offered at different campuses. The work experiences 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. The course involves three days in College; one of which will be an internal work placement, and two days in the classroom. Our vision is to support you to be INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENT AND RESILIENT so that you are well-prepared to engage with the wider community. The Pathway 2 Employment course and experiences within it, will most certainly help you to develop in these areas, working towards your chosen aspiration and progression.

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FdSc Animal Health & Management

Level 5 • Full-time • Animal management & Veterinary Nursing department


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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FdSc Animal Health & Management

Level 5 • Part-time • Animal management & Veterinary Nursing department


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. Assessment will be via a range of written assignments and practical assessments, reports, in-class tests, formal examinations, presentations and group discussions. You will compile a portfolio of skills developed during practical sessions. 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. For more information please visit: www.cornwall.ac.uk/science-gateway/

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Entry to the Uniformed Services Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Military & Protective Services Academy department


Our Military and Protective Services (MaPS) Academy provides the ultimate preparation for a career in the Armed Forces, Emergency and Rescue services, the fire, police, ambulance, UK Border force as well as, Non-uniformed roles, civil service, voluntary or private security sector. We offer two options for you to start your studies in the military and protective services depending on your GCSE results. On completion our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected with the option to progress to Level 3 on successful completion of your course. Preparing you for a career in the armed forces is our ultimate goal. We pride ourselves on our success rates with 80% of students who pass going straight into the military or protective services and the remaining 20% continuing their studies. This course will challenge you, take you out of your comfort zone and put you one step ahead of the rest. More importantly it will offer you the opportunity to find out more about the benefits of a career in the uniformed and non-uniformed services before you commit yourself. You will love taking part in our annual field trip to the Houses of Parliament or our three-day survival school and two five-day residential military exercises. Expect to visit local Armed forces monthly such as HMS Raleigh. We also have accommodation on campus at Bicton College. Please note: As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement.

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Foundation Learning Works Pathway: Pathway 2 Employment Stage 2

Level 1 • Full-time • Foundation Learning department


Looking to work? The FL Works Pathway develops and prepares you for employment Interested in work? FL Works has a very clear focus to prepare you for employment. You may study this pathway in 2 stages. Pathway to Employment Stage 1 and Pathway to Employment Stage 2 (Supported Internship). Pathway to Employment Stage 2 (Supported Internship): Following on from the Pathway to Employment Stage 1 course, if you have a genuine desire to get a job and you can demonstrate an excellent record of behaviour and attendance, then this course is ideal for you. This Pathway is offered at different campuses. The work experiences and industry placements 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. The Pathway 2 Employment course and experiences within it, will most certainly help you to develop in these areas, working towards your chosen aspiration and progression

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Veterinary Nursing Diploma

Level 3 • Work-based • Animal management & Veterinary Nursing department


Our veterinary nursing teaching areas are designed to simulate a veterinary practice. We have a radiography room, laboratory, kennel area and operating theatre. We have many pieces of equipment that you would expect to find in a veterinary practice such as microscopes, anesthetic machines, operating tables and a large variety of surgical instruments. We also have a range of mannequins, from life-size Labradors to no so life-size ponies and with working farms and equestrian centres you will also have access to animals seen in large animal practices. We offer two options for you to start your studies in veterinary nursing depending on your GCSE results. This Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 3. As a veterinary nurse you will provide support to sick and injured animals who are receiving treatment in a veterinary practice and provide expert nursing care. You will help to educate owners on maintaining the health of their pets and carry out a range of medical treatments under veterinary supervision. Knowing that you have helped nurse animals back to full health is one of the most rewarding careers.

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Practical Horticulture Skills Certificate: Organic Vegetable Production (Dartington)

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


This year long course, running 1 day a week, 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. This course takes place at School Farm CSA, a certified organic community market garden on the beautiful Dartington estate near Totnes, Devon, and through the year there will be visits to other growing projects in the area. 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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Grow Veg Grow Well – How to Grow Fruit and Vegetables NCFE Occupational Studies Award

Entry Level • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


Develop your skills in planning your edible garden. Whether you are staring from scratch with a field or want to improve your allotment planning, you will look at crop rotation, successional sowing and planning for planting tress and fruit. You will have a chance to work on plans for your own garden space and gain new skills in assessing the land using permaculture principles and creating a plan that will produce food throughout the year. This 6 week course, running 1 day a week, is a great introduction to planning your productive organic garden. Students will create a growing plan for their own (real or imaginary) growing space, including vegetables, fruit and herbs. The course will look at different approaches to planning fruit and vegetable crops, including permaculture design, forest gardening, allotment growing and using small or marginal spaces. For veg growing the course looks at successional sowing, making the most of space, incorporating green manures and fertility building, seeds varieties and seed ordering. For fruit growing the course looks at planning top fruit and soft fruit planting. Participants will sow seeds of different crops, and take a creative approach to planning their fruit and vegetable growing that they can implement through the year. This course takes place at School Farm CSA, a certified organic community market garden on the beautiful Dartington estate near Totnes, Devon. 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, jobbing gardeners and people who might want to set up their own food growing enterprise.

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