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BTEC, Level 1

Introductory Diploma in Land-Based Studies

You will learn practical experience of handling, accommodating, and feeding animals.

You will also develop skills in the care of plants.

You will learn about the skills needed to work in the Land-Based industries including being organised, researching, team working, completion of tasks using the correct equipment, independence, and being intuitive when working with plants and animals, estate skills and wildlife surveying. In addition, you will investigate the Land-Based sector and develop a Personal Progression plan to help you with your next steps in the industry.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Being organised
  • Developing a personal progression plan
  • Working with others
  • Researching a topic
  • Caring for and feeding animals
  • Moving and accommodating animals
  • Maintain the health of animals
  • Growing plants
  • Keeping plants healthy
  • Develop estate maintenance skills

Successful achievement of the Level 1 Introductory Diploma should enable you to progress City & Guilds L1 and/or 2 programmes in Horticulture or L2 SEG Certificate in Practical Animal Care.

You may be able to gain work in pet shops, kennels and catteries, or gardens and nurseries as an assistant.

No formal entry requirements, but an interest in the Land-Based Sector and working outdoors is essential.