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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

Land & Wildlife Management Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Agriculture & Countryside Management


This sector is all about sustaining, protecting and conserving the natural environment. So if you love the countryside, are passionate about its protection and conservation, and the livelihoods that rely on its existence, then this is the career for you. If you would love a career working outdoors then this course is ideal for you. Throughout your studies you will learn the skills and knowledge needed to manage land and wildlife and have the opportunity to go on field trips and work with numerous organisations such as the National Trust, Forestry England, Dartmoor National Park, RSPB and the Pebblebed Conservation Trust. With access to our beautiful farms and estates this course focuses on practical skills development, ensuring you are work ready when you finish your studies. Bicton College is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the grounds include an 8 acre wet woodland, numerous freshwater habitats, grassland, woodland, farmland and is home to many species including Dormice, Otters, Beavers, Barn Owls, Roe Deer, Grass Snakes, Common Lizards and Greater Horseshoe Bats.

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Designs with Living Willow (Occupational Studies)

Level 2 • • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture


Over the duration of the course you will create a variety of willow designs, animals, baskets and other creative treats.

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Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship

Level 2 • Work-based • Animal management & Veterinary Nursing


If you want to study a practical course in animal care, then this is the pathway to support your future career in the animal care industry. Our specially designed animal husbandry school is set in the beautiful grounds of Bicton, boasting an impressive collection of animals, with over 150 different species. This course gives you experience and confidence with working with a range of domestic and exotic species, you will get to study and work alongside an array of animals from lemurs and sebastopol geese, to llamas and axolotl. Health and wellbeing of animals, preparing accommodation, feeding and grooming are just some of the essential skills you will learn as you progress through this course. As a level 2 course, it is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, or if you prefer a course with a mixture of portfolio evidence and practical assessment. You will be learning from our experienced lecturers and technical staff, who have worked in the industry before and can pass on the skills to help you pursue your career in the animal care industry. Caring for animals is an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career. From working in kennels and catteries, pet shops or rescue centres and zoos; there are a wide range of careers available on completion of this course. As part of your course, in your first year, you will be required to carry out work experience internally on the Animal Husbandry School. In the second year, you are required to complete an external work experience placement, in an animal care establishment of your choice. This gives you ‘real life’ experience of what it takes to work in the industry, as well as being able to enjoy visits to local zoos and wildlife parks.

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City And Guilds Professional Floristry Higher Diploma

Level 4 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture


The Level 4 Higher Diploma in Floristry is ideal for those who currently work in this industry at management level or would like to run their own floristry business.

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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 Courses and Careers Advice Event

Bicton College Courses and Careers Advice Event

21 November 2020, 10:00-12:00