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 and Horticulture
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.
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.
What you'll learn
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.
- Maths and English GCSEs
(Pathways and units are subject to change)
How you'll learn and be assessed
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.
Step 2 Bridging Programme or full Level 2 qualification. Any related industry employment.
Participation in a GCSE programme prior to college would be beneficial.
You will be required to attend a taster day to help you confirm that this is the right course for you.
Taster day attendance is compulsory.