In this course, you will learn some of the basic practical skills required for working in land-based jobs, such as agriculture, horticulture, animal care, forestry and landscaping.
Workers in the land-based and environmental sector account for about 2% of the Scottish workforce. The sector includes a wide range of industries, many of which are small but important to the Scottish economy. Job prospects are likely to be steady in the next five years.
Rural Skills offers good opportunities for those who enjoy:
To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:
Entry is at the discretion of the school or college.
The course is made up of three compulsory units, two taking 40 hours and one taking 20 hours of study, and two optional units, one of 40 hours and another of 20 hours.
The compulsory units are:
The optional units are:
You will learn about
Where will I take the course?
You will usually train at a local college. You will have to wear appropriate protective clothing including safety boots, overalls, gloves and waterproofs.
For health and safety reasons, you may not be able to arrange a work experience placement in Rural Skills. However, colleges may be able to offer training in a real or simulated workplace setting.
Assessment will be based on a range of practical activities in real or simulated workplace settings. Tutors will observe and keep records of your work. Some assessment may be done online using an e-portfolio system.
You may be able to progress to:
Further study, training or employment in: