What is special about this course?
A fast paced, exciting, enjoyable and very practical multi skills course focusing on rural land practices. Delivers holistic training and includes highly regarded Industry Awards in several disciplines, equipping you well for a rewarding outdoor job, or going on to more specialist study.
The course aims to take a broad approach, introducing you to many different topics, and with a balance of both practical and theoretical work, you will acquire a good range of skills, with a thorough understanding of how and when they should be applied.
No formal qualifications are necessary, however you should have a keen interest in working in the outdoors, and enthusiasm to embrace the practical skills and principles of land use. You must be reasonably fit, happy to work in all weathers, and able to safely follow instruction in the use of tools and machinery. Basic literacy and numeracy is required, and students should be at least 16. Mature students are very welcome. All candidates will attend an interview.
The course is made up of 18 units, ranging from Habitat Studies and Gardening to Estate Maintenance, Forestry Skills and Working with Livestock.
It includes the opportunity to gain valuable Industry Awards in:
- Dry Stone Walling,
- Manual Handling
- Outdoor First Aid
- Tree Inspection
- Bat Awareness
- Chainsaw Operation
- Quad Biking
- Use of Pesticides. (PA1 & 6)
It also helps you improve your communication, numeracy and IT skills, and recognise the need for these in most areas of employment.
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
How long will my course last?
You will attend College 3 days per week, Monday-Wednesday, September to June, with many of these days being practical days.
Where can I study my course?
Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.
If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.
If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.
If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.
Students may also qualify for bursary funding.
What can I do on completion of my course?
This course is highly thought of by relevant organisations and potential employers, many of whom you will work with during your year with us. It sets you in a strong position to move on to rewarding work in a number of fields, and the Industry Awards gained are very important to employers.
Each year some of our students decide to continue to study in more detail, typically undertaking HNCs or HNDs in Horticulture, Forestry, or Conservation. Some courses can be hosted from West Highland College, or delivered in partnership with other Colleges.
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.