BTEC Diploma Level 1 or 2 in Land Based Studies


This course offers a practical approach to achieving a Diploma in Land-Based Studies, including; skills in organisation and working with others, maintaining the health and feeding of animals, moving and accommodation animals, basic use of tools in a land-based settings and, planting and maintaining plants. Following successful completion of year 1 you may progress onto year two.  In year two you will have the opportunity to further your knowledge and progress onto the Level 2 Technical Diploma in Animal Care, looking at; basic animal biology, animal welfare and behaviours and safe moving and handling of animals. You will also carry out a work placement in a land-based setting. All of this will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to move on to higher education or into land-based employment.


How will I learn?

Woodpecker Court consists of an on-site smallholding with a vast range of animals to enable learners to get hands on with the day-to-day running of a smallholding. You will assist with the running of the smallholding and the care of the animals. Our site also consists of a range of planting environment allowing you to build knowledge in planting methods and requirements.


You will carry out research projects and take control of your own education to gain knowledge in a sector that interests you.


In year two you will be able to carry out a work placement and gain skills from professionals in your chosen sector.


What will I learn?

You will start by learning about organisation tools and techniques and working with others to give you a kick start at being able to take control of your education and prioritise your tasks.


Students are involved with the movement of animals, general maintenance of the farm and structures, routine health checks, breeding and assist with administering medications and planting and maintaining plants. All of this gives students the confidence to care for land and farm animals and continue onto further education.


You will also carry out a research project in your chosen subject to broaden your knowledge in the area that interests you.


In year two students will look more in depth into practical animal health, the biology of animals, animal welfare, animal behaviours and handling and feeding, accommodation and movement of animals. Students will also carry out a work placement in the animal care sector.

How will it be delivered?

Work is split 50:50 between practical and theory sessions. The vast majority of assessments are done through internal practical observations whilst working with the animals as the nature of our provision caters for those who struggle with the classroom environment.  There is some written work involved, students will undertake a research project individually.


Year two will involve students keeping record of their work placement, the majority of the assessments are again done internally however there will be some external assessments.

Next steps

All of this gives students the confidence to care for farm animals and continue onto further education onto a Level 3 Diploma or employment within the agricultural sector.