This course will be taught in the Penrith area.
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
There are no formal entry requirement for this programme but we need to interview you to check it is right for you.
Applicant with non-traditional routes into education (including adult returners and those with home schooling) may apply and your suitability will be assessed by interview and possible supporting tasks.
Students are expected to have appropriate clothing for outdoor work and your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory. Travel to local sites for practical sessions is included, but you will be asked for a contribution for any optional trips or residentials.
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:
- 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
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 www.gov.uk/student-finance.
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.