This qualification develops the knowledge, understanding and skills that provide an excellent basis for employment or for further education in this sector.
Collaborative teamwork skills. Presentation skills. Initiative and self-confidence in working alone. Self-confidence from dealing with ‘clients’ and external stakeholders. Numeracy. Literacy. Knowledge of sustainability. How to assess different options for their positive impact and cost-effectiveness. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft 365 packages; using Word and Excel for assignments and PowerPoint for presentations. We also use Microsoft Teams for online lessons and collaborative meetings as part of assignments.
Entry requirements to the course
There is no formal prerequisite for entry, but suitable candidates should be both reasonably numerate and literate. It is assumed that candidates have had no prior exposure to the subject.
1. Undertaking an investigative project in the land-based sector
2. Undertaking estate skills
3. Understanding countryside tourism and recreation
4. Undertaking upland habitat management
5. Understanding working dogs
6. Business management in the land-based sector (work experience to take place in the school holidays)
Career and University opportunities
Around 95% of UK universities accept BTEC qualifications towards meeting their entry requirements, but this is most likely to be the case where there is a good fit between the BTEC and the degree to be studied and the learning and assessment styles. The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, will accept our BTEC alongside other Sixth Form qualifications, towards meeting the entry requirements for all of their undergraduate degree courses. Harper Adams University will likewise accept the qualification for entry onto the majority of their courses. The employability skills gained through the qualification also mean that students will be in a good position should they choose to progress onto higher/degree apprenticeship courses or straight into employment