Land Based Studies
What is Landbased Studies?
Landbased studies revolves around the study of agriculture but also encompasses other aspects regarding the efficient and responsible use of land. Amongst other things, the courses include animal production and management, work experience and work-based skills. As a vocational-based course, we place great emphasis on the collection of evidence via practical hands-on sessions. These may take place on the school site, on local farms and businesses and on work experience periods undertaken by the students. The production of a portfolio of evidence ultimately determines the final grade achieved (pass, merit or distinction). Landbased studies is ideal for students wishing to develop their passion for the care of animals, plants and the environment. Landbased studies is available at both level 2 (GCSE) and level 3 (A level).
Key Stage 4
The BTEC Certificate in Agriculture (level 2) course consists of units on farm animal production, estate skills etc. As well as classroom teaching, guest speakers are sometimes bought in and practical sessions and visits are also arranged onto local farms and businesses. Fencing, hedgelaying, and animal husbandry work is carried out as part of the course. Students are expected to create a portfolio of evidence which may include any relevant material, including pictures and reports of practical work, witness testimonies etc. Assignments and projects are also completed to meet specific criteria. The course is a BTEC Edexcel qualification; a pass would equate to 1 C at GCSE, a merit would equate to 1 B etc.
Key Stage 5
The BTEC Level 3 in Agriculture consists of 6 units. A compulsory unit is complemented by a choice of another 5 units. The units undertaken will depend on the requirements of the teaching group but will be chosen from an extensive range including topics such as sheep and beef production, dairy production, estate skills and business management. As well as practical sessions, visits are arranged to look at various relevant businesses. Students will create a portfolio of evidence to ensure that they meet the grading criteria. The course is both challenging and interesting and students will ultimately gain a qualification which is both valued and relevant to a wide range of careers.
Landbased studies is taught bilingually at both KS4 and KS5.
There are great opportunities within the course for invaluable excursions such as visits onto farms and businesses both locally and further afield. A residential course at Llysfasi College is also usually arranged at KS4 and other trips are often arranged according to the specific requirements of the teaching groups.