Foundation Learning Programme in Land-Based and Environmental Studies (Level 1)

Course overview

Students will get the opportunity to study elements from animal care, countryside and the environment, floristry, horticulture, wildlife and habitats.

This course is for young people aged 16 to 18 (or 19 to 24 year olds with an EHCP) with a willingness to work outdoors and an interest in the land-based courses we offer. We also accept young people aged 14-16 who are home schooled on this programme. Potential students will be invited for an interview that will include an assessment of literacy and numeracy.

You will learn

  • Functional skills in English and Maths taught in a practical way using real-life situations
  • Core units which include employability, enterprise and team working skills
  • Practical and theory work
  • Practical skills in horticulture
  • Craft skills using natural materials
  • How to explore and present enterprise ideas
  • Digital skills

Award in Progression – Gateway Qualifications Limited Reference: 60089143

Students must be willing to work outdoors and take part in practical activities. An interest in gardening, working outdoors or with animals is a key requirement of the course. Students must have achieved at least Entry Level 2 in English and Maths (the approximate equivalent of a Year 8 secondary school literacy and numeracy level) . An application form will need to be submitted along with information relating to any special educational needs (for example an EHCP, reports from other agencies, or school reports). Before students start their course, if they are aged between 16 and 18 years, they will be required to attend a fun and practical two-day preparation workshop where they will meet their tutors and other students on their course. Further details will be provided at the point of an offer being made.

On successful completion of this course, students have the opportunity to apply for our full-time Level 1 or 2 courses, or an apprenticeship.

This is a full-time course. If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of this course, your tuition, exams and materials fees will be paid for you in full as long as you meet some basic criteria for UK residence. Find out more on our Fees and Funding page. If you are eligible, you can also apply for support with travel and other costs through our bursary process. Further information will be provided when you enrol.

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts, you may be entitled to help with tuition fees for some courses. If you are in receipt of employment benefits, have a low income, or are studying towards your first substantial qualification, you may be entitled to free tuition. You will need to pay a materials fee if applicable to your course. Find further information about help with tuition fees on our Fees and Funding page.

Please note that fees for September 2023 have not yet been finalised, and are subject to a small increase. Applicants will be notified of final course fees before enrolling.

Rachel’s story

Rachel began her studies with Capel Manor College on a foundation learning course, she then progressed onto animal care and management, studying Introduction to Animal Care (Level 1), the Animal Care Diploma (Level 2) and Animal Management Advanced Diploma (Level 3). Rachel is now undertaking a foundation degree in animal management and zoology. Rachel’s story