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New Courses & Support for Newton Rigg Students
From September 2021, we will be offering new courses in uniformed public services and are accepting Newton Rigg applications for the second year of study in some course areas.
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Foundation Learning

Foundation Learning promotes a wide range of skills to prepare students for future work or further specialist study.

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Course Overview

Level 1 Land-Based Studies: What you need to know...
- One-year course
- Gives you a taste of many aspects of working on the land
- Practical skills are developed

Working on the land is interesting and rewarding. There are many jobs that need doing from farm work, forests and keeping the land the way it should be. This includes uplands, woodland and farmland and how they can be used, conserved and developed. This course will give you a taste of what you need to know and be able to do to work effectively in all these places. You will learn how to work safely and gain a wide range of experiences with in different environments.

Our experienced staff will guide your learning through practical hands on experience and lessons that explain what you need to know. Our excellent links to Industry will allow you to discover the most up to date developments and let you find out what you are interested in and good at. This will prepare you for a range of carers in the farming community.

- Health and safety
- Working with crops
- Working with livestock and other animals
- Conserving environments
- Land management
- Forest management

Entry Requirements

You need to demonstrate that you are working at Entry Level 3/GCSE Level 1 (or above) in Maths and English. An interview will be required, and initial assessments/transition visits may form part of the offer process.

If you have taken an alternative educational route and wish to discuss entry to this programme, please contact the college to discuss your individual circumstances.

After Your Course

Support progression into a skilled occupation; apprenticeships; or higher-level technical study including our Level 2 in Agriculture, Forestry or another level 2 course.

Potential employment includes:
- Apprenticeship
- Farm worker
- Conservation worker



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification up to and including Level 2, if you:

  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Have an annual salary of less than £17,004
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/20 and are not studying at another school/college
  • Are aged 19-23 on 31/08/20 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
  • Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship

Student Finance

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

For further information please see

Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.

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Open Evening

24 June 2021 16:00 – 19:30