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Full Time Education Courses at Bill Quay Farm

Since September 2013, Bill Quay Community Farm has offered full time education opportunities in conjunction with East Durham College's Houghall Campus. We provide full time study programmes for school leavers and adults in the following subjects:

                                      Level 1 Award in Countryside Skills                                      Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

 

C&G Level 1 Diploma in Work-based Land-based Operations (Countryside Skills)

C&G Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

Overview of the courseYou will cover a mixture of theory and practical activities and will follow a mix of these three pathways: Horticulture, Animal Care and Agriculture. The Bill Quay estate provides the ideal environment for you to gain practical skills and knowledge and also gives you the opportunity to develop essential employability skills.You will cover a mixture of theory and practical topics and get hands-on experience working in the small animal unit. The unit houses a variety of animals from rabbits and guinea pigs, exotics, small 'furries', and ferrets. You will also have opportunity to learn new skills working on the farm with a variety of different breeds of sheep, pigs, goats and poultry.
Entry requirementsDirect entry - Minimum of 3 GCSEs or equivalent (Progress to functional skills (Entry 3) Progression entry - An Entry 3 qualification (Minimum entry 2 maths and English).

Direct Entry: 3 x GCSEs D or above including Maths, English and Science

Progressive entry: Level 1 in a land-based subject and a minimum of Entry 3 maths and English. Attendance at 85%+ for previous year and satisfactory standards of behaviour.

Topics covered in the courseMaths & English, Estate skills, Health and safety and safe working practices, Work experience, plant maintenance, Caring for small animals, Caring for farm livestock, and Conservation.Topics covered in the course include: work experience and safe working practices, animal nursing, farm livestock, and small animal husbandry.
How is the course assessed?You will be assessed throughout the course through written tasks and practical activities.You will be assessed throughout the course with written assignments and practical assessments.
Length of the course1 Year programme full time. A mix of practical and theory lessons.1 Year programme full time. A mix of practical and theory lessons.
CampusBill Quay FarmBill Quay Farm
Start DateSeptember 2nd  2016
September 2nd  2016
Further study options after this courseFollowing successful completion of the course, progression options include the level 2 diploma in animal care, level 2 diploma for veterinary care assistants, level 2 work based diploma in environmental conservation, and level 2 diploma in practical horticultural skills.

Progression options following successful completion of this course may enable you to progress into an apprenticeship in animal care or the level 3 subsidiary diploma in animal management course.

Job OpportunitiesFollowing completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector, roles include: general farm worker, a landscape assistant.Following successful completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector as a kennel assistant, assistant dog groomer, or retail assistant in a pet store. Progression to an apprenticeship in the animal care industry may also be an option to enable you to gain more experience working hands-on.
Fees*If you're a full time student under the age of 19 you will not usually need to pay any course fees. If you are aged 19+ years old you may be required to pay fees for your course, however if you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group, your fees may be paid by the Government. Fees may apply for equipment costs for all students, however financial help may be available.

If you're a full time student under the age of 19 you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 years old you may be required to pay fees for your course, however if you do not already have a level 2 qualification, or you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group, your fees may be paid by the Government.

If you are aged 24 or over you may be required to pay fees for your course, however if you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group, your fees may be paid by the Government.

Fees may apply for equipment costs for all students, however financial help may be available. Further information will be sent to you closer to enrolment in August if you are accepted on to the course.

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. 

Our 2013/14 courses had a 100% success rate and 100% retention. Read more about the success our our 2013/14 learners here

If you would like to chat with someone further about these courses, please call Kelly Anderson on 0191 4419715 or email kelly@billquayfarm.org.uk

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