This course is designed to allow students interested in
a career in the rural sector to develop the confidence,
ability and skills they need whilst studying or working.
The College’s excellent land-based facilities are
used extensively throughout the duration of this
course, which ensure our students develop good
vocationally practical and employability skills. The
course structure is a mixture of land-based subjects,
students can select optional modules depending on
their vocational interests.
1 year, full-time
The course has a high practical element and is
delivered making use of the excellent Hadlow College
resources. Students are able to access a range of
additional learning support, based on need.
A range of employability skills will be developed
whilst on the course including practical skills,
communication, and land-based specific knowledge,
and development of ICT skills.
The course is well supported through the use of
virtual learning resources. Students will also get the
opportunity to carry out a work placement.
The course structure is a mixture of land-based
subjects, students can select optional modules
depending on their vocational interests.
The following are examples of some of the topics
students can expect to study within the course:
• Safe and effective working practices
• Develop performance in land-based industries
• Work experience and employability skills
• Transportation and maintenance of equipment and supplies
• Maintenance of structures and surfaces
• Planting and establishing plants
• Tractor operations
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths
You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at D-E / 3-2
Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3).
You should also have a keen interest in the subject and
demonstrate a commitment to the curriculum area.
SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT NEEDED
Steal toe capped water proof boots, secateurs and
appropriate outdoor all weather clothing.
Assessment is through a range of styles including
practical assessments, photographic and video
evidence logs, workbooks and written assignments.
Once completed students can progress onto a Level 2
qualification in Countryside or gain employment in
a range of industry careers.
- 270 hectare fully functioning commercial farm
- 256 hectares of land comprising a wide range of natural habitats including woodland, urban and aquatic
- Outside classroom equipped with a range of facilities
- Countryside Stewardship Scheme
Local authorities, game estates, wildlife and conservation trusts, nature reserves and organisations such as The Environment Agency
Students benefit from close ties with organisations such as English Nature, RSPB, English Heritage as well as a number of local wildlife parks and nature reserves. The College is a member of The National Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.