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 must achieve 7 credits – they must complete at least one unit from the Mandatory Group (M). Where learners take a further unit from the Mandatory group they cannot select another unit from the same sub-section, i.e. they cannot take two Health and Safety units.
Leaners may complete one unit from this group.
Animal Health and Wellbeing
Caring for Animals: Feeding and Grooming
Carrying out a Land-based (an Agriculture, Horticulture or Forestry) Project
Carrying out an Animal Care Project
Cleaning and Maintaining Animal Accommodation
Dealing with Emergencies in Animal Care
Establishing and Maintaining Lawns
Identifying and Controlling Common Pests and Diseases
Moving, Handling, Catching and Restraining Small Animals
Planting in a Container
Propagation of Plants
Receiving, Storing and Preparing Animal Feed
Soils and Crop Plants
Sowing And Growing Techniques
The Seasons in Horticulture
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. Learners should take the Diploma if they need a comprehensive introduction to the sector, as well as more generic workplace skills, usually over a two-year period, before progressing to a level 2 Apprenticeship or Level 2 qualification, or to employment (with further training where possible), as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Progression & Entry RequirementsThis qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. Learners should take the Diploma if they only a small amount of focused learning before progressing to a level 2 Apprenticeship or Level 2 qualification, or to employment (with further training where possible).
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