BTEC Diploma in Landbased Studies - Horse Care Level 1

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Agriculture and Animal Care



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time

Usk Campus

Start Date

Start Date
04 September 2023


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

You will need to have a minimum of 4 GCSEs (grade E or above) to include Maths / Numeracy and English / Welsh first language or an appropriate Entry level qualification. You will also need to have an interest in learning about the different vocational areas.

In a nutshell

Our Vocational Studies courses are designed to introduce you to the area of study that interests you and to help you to develop wider learning skills.

This course is for you if...

... You’re unsure what you want to do
... You want to try more than one vocational area
... You want to develop practical, transferable skills

What will I be doing?

This course will provide you with a range of progression opportunities, including further learning at the college on one of our next level courses, an apprenticeship or employment!

You'll get the opportunity to try more than one vocational area and gain an insight into college life. You'll develop practical, transferable skills and complete tasks that focus on demonstrating what you can do and what you’ve learned.

The core units are the same across all our Vocational Studies courses, which will help you to develop your skills within your chosen vocational area. If you need to change to a different course, you can transfer the units studied on this course to your next one, if needed.

The core units you’ll follow include:

  • Being organised
  • Developing a progression plan
  • Working with others
  • Researching a topic

The agricultural and animal units may include:

  • Finding out about the agricultural sector
  • Caring for and feeding animals
  • Moving and accommodating animals
  • Growing plants
  • Caring for and keeping plants healthy
  • Using workshop tools in an agricultural setting
  • Using agricultural machinery
  • Preparing soil for planting

You’ll be assessed through assignments, tasks and practical assessments and you’ll achieve:

  • BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Vocational Studies Landbased
  • Skills Activities
  • Maths and English (if you haven't achieved a grade C or above at GCSE level)
  • Other relevant qualifications to enhance your skill set

The ability to undertake practical activities on the farm/animal care unit/equine yard.

What is expected of me?

You’ll need to be motivated, hardworking and willing to try new things in the vocational areas. There will be an expectation that you practise skills and techniques in realistic work environments within college, allowing you to build on your employability skills. Attendance and punctuality for all sessions is a compulsory requirement of this course.

What comes next?

  • You could continue your studies at Level 2 in a vocational area of your choice
  • You could progress onto an apprenticeship
  • You could get a job in your chosen field

Additional information

You’ll need to have an up-to-date tetanus injection prior to working with the animals.

Animal/Agriculture/Equine: For Health and Safety you will need to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before working with the animals; steel toe cap wellingtons, navy blue overalls and a bag to carry your PPE in, the approximate cost of the equipment is £40.

Equine: Riding hat (to current BHS standards), yard boots, jodhpurs, riding boots, gloves (if riding). These costs vary.

These items should be purchased before commencing your course but you will be able to discuss the requirements during enrolment.

Additional costs could be incurred during the year for educational visits.

Where can I study BTEC Diploma in Landbased Studies - Horse Care Level 1?

Usk Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 04 September 2023

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team