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What is the course about?

The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Award, Certificate and Diploma in Land-based Studies are designed around practical skills and tasks that place an emphasis on learners demonstrating what they can do rather than what they know in theory. The qualifications give learners the opportunity to acquire and develop generic, transferable and sector-specific skills in order to complete tasks and demonstrate a level of achievement that enables them to progress to further learning.

  • The Award offers a basic introduction to the land-based studies sector and could be studied alongside other subjects.

  • The Certificate offers a basic introduction to the land-based studies sector and could be studied alongside other subjects within a study programme.

  • The Diploma gives learners the opportunity to develop a broader range of skills in the land-based studies sector.


What does the qualification cover?

The content of these qualifications has been developed in consultation with further education colleges and other providers to ensure that the qualifications support progression to further learning and training. All learners taking these qualifications will study core units that focus on key transferable skills such as research and planning, time management and working with others. Learners will also take a number of sector units. The content of the sector units offer a broad introduction to the skills and knowledge within that sector allowing the delivery to be practical and active in order to engage the learners. For land-based studies, the units cover activities such as caring for and feeding animals, preparing soil for planting, looking after plants to keep them healthy and using workshop tools.

Who is it for?

You must be aged 16-19 (or up to 24 with an EHCP) and be able to demonstrate that you are motivated to learn and committed to the course. 

What qualification can you gain?

  • BTEC Level 1 in Vocational Studies
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English​

What could these qualifications lead to?

These qualifications prepare learners for further learning at a higher level in land-based studies. The development of transferable skills means that learners can also choose a study programme from alternative sectors. For example, these qualifications in land-based studies could lead to Pearson BTEC Level 2 qualifications in this sector, or to Level 2 qualifications in other sectors.

Land-Based Studies

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