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Award in Land-Based Studies

Award in Land Based Studies

A practical based qualification designed to help learners gain the skills they will need to progress into the land based sector, whether it be animal care or horticulture.


The course is built up of two main units, one being animal care related, the other horticulture.  The animal care unit focuses on the learners being able to identify and understand the practical skills required to handle and restrain a small animal and will lead to the learner confidently demonstrating their ability to complete a health check on a small animal.  The horticulture unit introduces learners to the tools and equipment used in naturalising bulbs. Emphasis is on the correct selection and safe use of the equipment used in bulb planting operations. Learners will be given the opportunity to practise naturalising bulbs in turf and bedding within an acceptable timescale.

The learners will also study functional skills English, Maths and ICT along with a Certificate in Personal and Social Development as part of their study programme. 


Teaching is carried out in the classroom, in the animal care unit at college and at a local animal collection. The course does however mainly focus on the practical aspect of course delivery.

Course Leader profile

Louise Phillips

Louise has worked in an educational setting for over twelve years both as a Learning Link Co-ordinator within the area of Study Support and a training officer/lecturer teaching on E2E and LDD programmes. After studying animal behaviour and gaining her teaching qualification she developed and course lead the School Links, Entry Level 3 and level 1 Animal Care programmes. She also teaches on the level 2 Diploma. Louise gained industry experience working on livery yards, carrying out educational and therapeutic animal visits to schools and youth clubs and running her own small holding. She still keeps a range of animals including exotics, horses, owls, dogs, ferrets, rabbits and geese. Louise also has experience of training and rehabilitating birds of prey and is hoping to further her own studies by specialising in this area.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required although potential learners must show enthusiasm and willingness to train and work within the land-based sector

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

Does the course lead to a qualification?

BTEC Entry Level 3 Award in Land-Based Studies

Are there any opportunities for progression?

On successful completion of this course you could progress to the L1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies – Animal care or Horticulture


Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12 hours per week (Full-time)
  • Days: Mon - Fri
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.30 pm
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Entry 3
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Entry Level 3 Award in Land-Based Studies
  • Awarding Body: Edexcel

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