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Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture

“When I first came to the College I felt so low, I felt like nothing – I had lost my confidence – but now I feel like myself again, I feel happy.”

Badriya Mohammed English for Speakers of Other Languages
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We make every effort to ensure information within our online course directory is accurate and a true representation of the courses we are offering in 2021-22 or 2022-23. However, we do reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

Start an exciting career in Animal Care and Land-based Industries

The land-based sector is ideal for those who enjoy working outside in physically demanding settings or have a passion for caring for animals.

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Veterinary Nurse

Average salary - £24,000*

Veterinary Nurses support vets to treat and take care of sick and injured animals.

Day-to-day tasks:

Keeping the vet practice and equipment clean and hygienic, preparing animals for treatments and assisting the vets during treatments, administering medication, talking to pet owners about treatment and how to take care of their animals and undertaking reception and admin duties.**

Working environments:

Veterinary practices or animal welfare centres.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Landscape Gardener

Average salary - £21,500*

Landscape Gardeners cultivate flowers, trees, shrubs and other plants - improving the appearance of terrain and cut-and-lay turf.

Day-to-day tasks:

Discuss clients’ needs and advise them how to maintain their space, work from plans made by designers, order supplies, turf and seed lawns, plant and prune trees and shrubs and install paving.**

Working environments:

Gardens, at a client’s business, at a client’s home or at a garden centre.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the animal care and land-based sector include*:

  • Communication
  • Enthusiasm
  • Customer Service
  • Management
  • Detail Orientated

What our students say

“I enjoy being in a working environment in the college restaurant and serving customers”

Anonymous Level 2 Food and Beverage Services Former student at Winterhill School

“I’m doing this for myself, to improve my skills and so I have better opportunities. To anyone who thinks they’re too old to study I would say: it’s never too late to chase your dreams.”

Magdalena Marnowska Functional Skills in Maths and English

“College provides me with the skills and experience I need to progress onto university.”

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Sam Simmons Level 3 Music Performance Former student at Wingfield Academy

Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture