Land Based

Level 1 will suit you if you are just starting out and want to gain the basic knowledge and skills needed to move on to further study or get an entry-level job working in agriculture, conservation, or horticulture.

There are three sizes of qualification at this level.

Qualification Options

Award in Land-based Studies

You can choose a minimum of one unit from a range of options, including:

  • Animals in the wild and in society
  • Assisting with the maintenance of plants and sites in the countryside.

Certificate in Land-based Studies and Diploma in Land-based Studies

You can choose one specialist pathway from:

  • General Land-based Studies
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Horticulture.

Within your pathway you complete one core unit and at least two optional units (or five optional units for the diploma).

What careers can it lead to?

An Award, Certificate or Diploma in Land-based Studies could help you to get a job as a:

  • Farm Worker
  • Gardener
  • Conservation Assistant
  • Assistant Ranger

Once you have completed these qualifications, you could also move on to take a Level 2 qualification in the area that you are most interested in, such as agriculture, horticulture or environmental conservation.

Who is this course suitable for?

Adults and young people aged 14+

How long will this qualification take?

Level 1 Award

  • 10 weeks at 1 day per week/ 5 weeks at 2 days per week

Level 1 Certificate

  • 34 weeks at 1 day per week/ 17 weeks at 2 days per week

Level 1 Diploma

  • 76 weeks at 1 day per week/ 40 weeks at 2 days per week

Please note: the above details are based on the minimum amount of time needed to complete the qualifications.  The actual time may be longer depending upon the service user’s needs and abilities.

Is this course certified?

  • Yes, you will receive a City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Land-based Studies
  • It is worth the following credits
    • Award: 6 credits
    • Certificate: 18 credits
    • Diploma: 42 credits

Which days of the week is this offered?

  • Thursday and Fridays throughout the year.

Do I need any special clothing or equipment?

  • You will need overalls and steel toe cap boots, which we can order for you.  All other equipment and personal protective equipment is provided

Where will it take place?

  • You will be based at the Humboldt Field Studies Centre and will work within our Marefield Corner woodland and kitchen garden, as well as working across the wider farm

Typical Group Size

  • Group sizes will vary but will generally be no more than 6 service users

How much does this qualification cost?

  • Please enquire for details