Rural Skills

Newbattle Abbey College


This practical course offers an introduction to gardening and estate maintenance in the college’s Community Garden, Italian Garden, woodlands and 125 acre estate.

The college provides all protective equipment and tools. The course runs for three days a week in college with an additional half day of private study. Students gain valuable work experience within the college’s estate.

You will study:
Rural Estate Maintenance; Rural Work Activities; Enterprise Activity Developing Skills for Employment; An Introduction to Rural Environment; Rural Species; Identification and Habitats; Constructing Rural Features and Structures; Laying Slabs and Paving; An Introduction to Gardening Skills; Introduction to Bedding Plant Production; Forestry: Woodland Skills; Soft Landscaping; Tree and Shrub Planting; Communication; ICT.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, but an interest in working outdoors is required.

Progression Routes

On successful completion of this course, students can progress onto land-based courses at FE colleges or related employment.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Forestry

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services

Horticulture and Landscaping

Work with Animals