Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
The Skills for the Land-based sector qualifications form part of a suite of ‘Skills for…’ qualifications that cover a number of sectors and are available at Entry 3 and Level 1. The employability skills units are common across the suite, enabling easy transfer of credits between qualifications and supporting opportunities for cross-faculty working.
The qualifications have been developed with the support of a number of further education colleges, training providers and adult and community learning providers. They have been designed to be consistent with the principles for study programmes for 16-19 year olds but are also relevant, particularly in the case of the smaller qualifications, for adults including the unemployed. These qualifications are also suitable for pre-16 learners.
The Skills for the Land-based sector qualifications are intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the land-based sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in the land-based or other related sectors.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete at least one unit from the Mandatory Group and a further unit from either the Mandatory or Optional Unit Groups.
Learners may complete one unit from this group.
Animal Health and Wellbeing
Caring for Animals: Feeding and Grooming
Cleaning and Maintaining Animal Accommodation
Cultivating Compost and Soils
Cultivating Plant Cuttings
Dealing with Emergencies in Animal Care
Identifying and Controlling Common Pests
Moving, Handling, Catching and Restraining Small Animals
Planting in a Container
Receiving, Storing and Preparing animal Feed
Soils and Crop Plants
Sowing and Growing Techniques
The Seasons in Gardening
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is suitable for learners with an interest in the land based sector. Learner have the opportunity to either focus solely on animal care or on land based studies (agriculture, horticulture and forestry) or a combination of both. It is particularly appropriate for:
• young people interested in a career in the land based sector who intend to access level 2 qualifications or a level 2 apprenticeship but need a comprehensive learning programme at level 1 before they will be ready to access level 2
• young people and adults, including those who have had a significant break from or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in the land-based sector but need an extensive grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills, usually over a two-year period, before applying for work.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
Learners will develop a broad understanding of the land based sector and skills. Depending upon their choice of units learners develop practical skills in animal care or agriculture, horticulture and forestry or a combination of both. They will also develop their employability skills.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. You should take the Award if you need only a small amount of focused learning in the land based sector at this level, before progressing to a Level 1 qualification or to employment (with further training where possible).
Progression & entry requirementsThis qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. Learners should take the Award should take the Certificate if you need a broad introduction to the sector, as well as more generic workplace skills, before progressing to a Level 1 qualification or to employment (with further training where possible).
There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.
The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:
The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).
How to find a learning aim
If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:
We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.
This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.