Course overview

This course will introduce you to working with plants, trees, livestock and wildlife species and habitats within the environment.

This course is ideal for school leavers who are seeking to explore careers in horticulture, arboriculture, agriculture or environmental conservation. It also provides an opportunity for you to develop personal, social and employability skills in a highly supportive environment.

You will primarily work outdoors on practical projects working with plants and habitats using tools and equipment within our beautiful campuses. You will also undertake work experience within the environmental industries.

A variety of assessment methods will be used to measure your progress from your starting point and against your expected outcomes and target grades. These may include practical tasks and assessments, written assignments, performance reviews, presentations and discussions.

You will learn

  • How to grow and maintain plants
  • How to grow food
  • How to care for livestock
  • Relevant health and safety measures
  • How to identify a range of habitats and wildlife species
  • How to work with tools and equipment such as tractors, power saws, mowers, strimmers and brush cutters
Entry requirements

• At least two GCSEs or equivalent
• Relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered
• Enthusiasm for working outdoors

Before you start your course, if you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you will be required to attend a fun and practical two-day preparation workshop where you will meet your tutors and other students on your course. Further details will be provided at the point of an offer being made.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to an Agriculture (Farming) Intermediate Diploma (Level 2), a Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Intermediate Diploma (Level 2), an Arboriculture (Tree Surgery) and Forestry Intermediate Diploma (Level 2) or one of our Level 2 horticulture courses.