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Content / Overview
A one year course designed for learners who would benefit from smaller groups and more support at the start of their further education journey. The course focuses on developing life and study skills, accessing vocational experience and employability skills, while progressing both English and Maths. Pathways provide access to vocational areas and students will get the chance to undertake projects in their chosen vocational area to explore their interests in industry careers.
Pathways available: Animal, Equine and Horticulture
Course content includes:
- Practical work-based experience in land-based industries
- Health and Safety in the workplace (online exam)
- Animal Pathway - Animal handling, Animal Health and Animal Exercise.
- Horticulture Pathway - Maintenance of Plants, Industry Tools and Equipment and Plant Identification.
- Equine Pathway
- Maths and English
(Pathways and units are subject to change)
Why Study Here
The course is unique to Merrist Wood College as it combines both personal development and vocational projects to give students the best possible chance to progress to higher levels of study having built confidence in a more supported environment first.
Level 1 learners who would benefit from a transition programme of study and need time to consolidate and develop study skills before deciding on a vocational area to study further.
Application followed by interview and then taster day
There are no formal requirements, but you will need to pass the reference and interview process and attend a taster session.
Practical experience portfolio, theory and workshop skills sessions, peer and group activities. You will complete 5-6 hours of practical work experience per week (on the College site), 5 hours of theory, and develop your Maths and English skills.
Evidence based portfolio, observation of practical skills and feedback, theory assignments and tests.
Step 2 Bridging Programme or full Level 2 qualification.
Taster day attendance is compulsory.
All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.
There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').