Employability and Personal Development Level 2

The course focuses on developing study skills, progressing vocational experience and skills, progressing both Maths and English.

A one year course designed for learners who are not ready to move to a full Level 2 programme and bigger group sizes. The course focuses on developing study skills, progressing vocational experience and skills, progressing both English and Maths. Pathways provide access to vocational studies and projects and student will get the chance to take Level 2 units to inform ideas around further study.

Pathways include: Animal and Horticulture.

Level 1 learners who aren’t ready to move to a full Level 2 programme of study and need time to consolidate and develop study skills before doing so.

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.


Employability units include:

  • practical work experience
  • communication in the workplace
  • reception and administrative duties in an animal care environment
  • working in a group
  • heath and safety in a practical environment
  • maths and English
  • study skills and assignment writing
  • project based learning


Animal pathway includes: animal husbandry (farm animals), caring fro animals, preparing feed for animals. selecting/preparing/maintaining animal accommodation.

Your learning will be continuous and will include: 

  • live ALO conferences – onsite and online
  • acccessing an ALO resource bank of activities – offsite and online 
  • face-to-face PRACTICAL studio/workshops sessions.
  • learning support from your tutor/progress coach

Guided learning hours (GLH) are defined as the number of hours of supervised or directed study time required for a unit or a qualification.

Total qualification time (TQT) is defined as the number of guided learning hours (GLH) plus the time that is taken by the learner for private study or work experience.

The guided learning hours and total qualification time for this qualification is:

  • GLH: 150hours
  • TQT: 210hours
  • Learners must achieve 15 credits 

Apprenticeships or a Level 2 vocational course. Any related industry employment.

You must have completed a Level 1 Diploma or equivalent.


Dawn Rigby

Tutor Dawn Rigby I believe that young children need a special environment in which to grow and deserve practitioners who are inspiring, dynamic, reflective and passionate about their learning.
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