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Telephone
0330 123 4782
Address
Bicton College East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7BH
Email
customer.services@bicton.ac.uk
Opening Hours
Mon-Thurs 8:30am-5pm, Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Bicton College

Bicton College is based in East Devon in an Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty, just two miles from the Jurassic Coast. The historic Georgian mansion, commercial farm, rugby pitches, Animal Husbandry School as well as modern Veterinary Nursing building are set in over 200 hectares of historic parkland.

Our campus is fantastic! Set in 200 hectares of open green parkland and rolling countryside, with the majestic house overlooking a beautiful lake, Bicton College is only ten minutes from the sea and twenty minutes from the city of Exeter with its great shops, clubs, bars, eateries, cinemas and theatres.

The many other towns and villages, such as Exmouth and Sidmouth, offer a wealth of different activities and entertainment to suit everyone. The nearest beach is only four miles away in Budleigh Salterton and, if you enjoy climbing or hill walking, Dartmoor is less than one hour’s drive from the College. The College is also an Open Award Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Please notify us in advance if you are unable to attend college via our Absence Form

  Featured Courses

Horticulture & Landscape Supervisor Advanced Apprenticeship

Level 3 • Work-based • Bicton College


Horticulture and Landscape Supervisors can be employed to oversee work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets. Many businesses will be specialised in their activities; such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape). Soft-landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas. Hard-landscaping includes establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas. The distinct nature of these two specialisms means very few businesses can offer the full breadth of skills and therefore two options are available for this occupation; horticulture and landscape construction. The employment area will dictate the option pursued. A Horticulture / Landscape Supervisor can manage a site with minimum supervision, supervise a team and maintain the health and safety and security of personnel and resources. Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferable into other industries following further studies. While learning the practical side of Horticulture with your employer, you will also be required to attend college on a block release programme. While studying at Bicton College you can take advantage of the College’s estate, which houses an arboretum with veteran and specimen trees, grounds, gardens Inc. a walled garden, glasshouses, growing tunnels and over 200 acres of extensive parklands with plenty of opportunities for you to develop your Horticulture skills. Do you live far from the college? No problem! Accommodation is available on site! Prior to end-point-assessment you will need to achieve these qualifications: • Emergency first aid: Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work. • Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment (required for the application of chemical controls for vegetation control and plant health treatments) *All the above are included in the apprenticeship For more information please visit: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/landscape-horticulture-supervisor/

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Floristry Designs NCFE Award

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College


Come and learn further skills in floristry; you will cover the principles and elements of design, hand-tied and gift wrapping, various floral arrangements, funeral and wedding design. This course is available at both our Bicton campus and at an offsite location in Plymouth.

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FdSc Rescue & Emergency Management

Level 5 • Full-time • Bicton College


Developed in association with the civil resilience and emergency response sector, local authorities, emergency services and the voluntary sector, this programme suits those looking for a career in the emergency services or those looking to develop a career in the rescue and emergency management sector, in the UK and overseas. This innovative foundation degree is intended to provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the areas of managing emergencies, community engagement, casualty care, planning and technical response to search and rescue incidents and emergency situations. The programme is well respected within the industry and with hard work and the requisite UCAS points it will serve as an excellent stepping stone on to paramedic science programmes. The strength of this programme lies in the staff who deliver it. The programme manager has 30 years’ experience as a police officer, specialising in search, rescue and emergency management within a multi-agency environment, and former Chair of Cornwall Search and Rescue Team. Other tutors include a serving fire-fighter, a paramedic and a rescue and climbing instructor. All tutors are experts in their fields and their accumulated experience will provide a considerable resource for you. The curriculum combines academic research and experiential learning to enable you to develop new skills and knowledge, which you will be able to apply to a wide range of situations. The foundation degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide operational support, improve inter-agency working and continue your higher education study.

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Planning And Planting A Herb Garden ( Occupational Studies) – Dartington

Level 1 • Part-time • Bicton College


This 6 week course, running 1 day a week, is a great introduction to growing organic herbs for food, health and wildlife. Students will get to know many different herbs and learn about growing them, planning a garden, and different ways of harvesting and using herbs. The course offers some great ideas for small scale enterprise and an introduction to specific professional skills. This course takes place in the herb garden at School Farm CSA, a certified organic community market garden on the beautiful Dartington estate near Totnes, Devon. The course is delivered by an experienced grower, with a small herb nursery business, and a love of growing and using herbs for health and cooking. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in growing herbs and can be applicable to people growing in pots, a small garden or on a larger scale both professionally and for home use. Some experience of gardening or plant knowledge, will be beneficial, although the course can be enjoyed by beginners and more experienced gardeners alike.

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  Facilities

Learning Centre

The Learning Centres (LCs) offer a range of resources, facilities and support for your studies In each Learning Centre you will find a range of resources and staff who can help with:
• Finding and using books, ebooks and journals
• Support for developing your study and research skills, including using the Internet for research and avoiding plagiarism
• Help with using college computers and software
We have a network of 9 learning centres across our campuses, resources can be sourced from all.

Opening times:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 5pm (term-time)
Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 7pm (term-time)
Varied opening hours during half terms and holidays.

Restaurant & Café

Bicton Kitchen Restaurant
At the heart of Bicton House, we provide a variety of meals for all dietary requirements and allergies.

Opening times:
Monday – Friday:
7.30am – 9.30am (Breakfast)
9.30am – 12noon (Hot Snacks)
12noon – 1.45pm (Lunch)
2pm – 4pm (Snacks & Homemade Cakes)
5pm – 6.15pm (Dinner)

Saturday – Sunday:
11am – 2.30pm (Lunch)
4pm – 6pm (Dinner), call to order a meal.

 

Café Neo
Freshly Brewed Barista Coffee and tasty treats, the Café is the hub for students to connect and relax.

Opening times:
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 1.30pm

Residential Accommodation

We understand that feeling settled within your environment gives you a much better chance of enjoying your course. We offer 231 beds, situated on the Bicton College campus. Layouts include two/three bed shared rooms with a shared facilities, single room with shared bathroom facilities and ensuite room. All blocks have common rooms. We also have rooms and facilities adapted for students with disabilties.

Bicton’s dedicated Residential Services Team support students in all areas of accommodation, counselling, careers guidance, enrichment activities, funding and transport. We will endeavour to make your time here a truly great experience, both in and outside the classroom.

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Evolve Sport, Fitness & Outdoors

Students are able to take part in free and subsidised sporting and recreational activities. Our College Sportsmaker arranges a varied timetable of activities each term.

The facilities include, 4 court sports hall, football pitches, climbing tower, lake for watersports, orienteering course, and a fitness suite. The College also has a golf putting green and swing studio and employs a full time golf professional.
Sporting activities include; hockey, netball, football, kayaking, horse riding, climbing, running, fitness classes, archery, lacrosse, racket sports, dodgeball and more.

For more information:
Email: sportsmaker@cornwall.ac.uk

Equestrian Centre

The Equestrian Centre provides excellent facilities for full and part-time students and external customers. These include an extended 20m x 61m indoor arena with a Wax Pro surface with mirrors, gallery seating for 148 people, two state of the art teaching rooms, judging areas and staff offices/reception area. In addition there is a 30 x 60 Outdoor arena, 2 full sets of show jumps, Music and PA system, XC-Schooling field, Walker, Weighbridge and Solarium. There are 2 separate yards consisting of 14 traditional stables adjacent to the Indoor School and 24 internal loose boxes in an American Style Barn.
We offer a range of Livery options, from Working Livery to Full Livery.

For more information and bookings:
Call: 01395 562354
Email: equestrian.centre@bicton.ac.uk

Animal Management Centre

Animal students at Bicton College have access to an extensive animal mangement centre on campus, which includes meerkats, coati, an exotics room, a two-storey marmoset monkey enclosure and an aquarium, along with access to the resources at Dartmoor Zoo

Bicton college Home Farm

Bicton’s Home Farm was purchased in 1947 and over the years it has developed into a thriving educational facility and working farm.

The farm’s core objectives are:
To provide state-of-the-art resources for education and practical training.
To generate a financial surplus for re-investment.
To show efficient methods of production and demonstrate leading practices in land use.
To provide Devon’s agricultural industry with innovative and sustainable pathways for the future.

The College farm is run commercially with the aim of producing above average husbandry results and financial returns. A range of practicals and activities are offered to meet the work experience and academic needs of the students undertaking studies in agriculture. Students undertake regular periods of work experience and practical instruction on the units, enabling them to gain a wide appreciation of the differing sectors of agriculture.

  Subject Areas

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

  Partnerships

The British Horse Society
The Donkey Sanctuary
NFU
Duchy College Rural  Business School
Plymouth Argyle Football Club
Eden Project
Dairy Crest
HighGround UK
Dartmoor Zoo
National Trust
British Army

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  Events

Bicton College Open Day

Bicton College Open Day

26 June 2021, 10:00-16:00


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  News

Sustainability tops college timetable during week-long eco conference

Sustainability tops college timetable during week-long eco conference

12th April 2021


A leading local college is renewing its focus on sustainability by hosting many of Cornwall’s most influential voices from the environmental movement in a series of talks and workshops. 

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Senior Army Officer returns to Cornwall College to inspire latest student cohort

Senior Army Officer returns to Cornwall College to inspire latest student cohort

31st March 2021


The most senior Warrant Officer in the British Army has inspired the latest generation of students at his former college, encouraging them to consider following in his footsteps.

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Ofsted awards The Cornwall College Group highest judgement – significant progress – following monitoring visit 

Ofsted awards The Cornwall College Group highest judgement – significant progress – following monitoring visit 

17th March 2021


Ofsted has awarded the highest possible outcome for The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), following a successful monitoring inspection in February.   

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Longleat Bats find new home at Bicton College  

Longleat Bats find new home at Bicton College  

28th January 2021


The animal zone of Bicton College welcomed some new arrivals last week, after 30 Egyptian fruit bats from the UK’s top safari park were in need of a new home.

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TV star’s surprise lockdown message inspires students

TV star’s surprise lockdown message inspires students

22nd January 2021


Television presenter and former soldier Ant Middleton surprised Military students from Bicton College with an inspiring video message to help them stay motivated through lockdown. 

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