Specialist qualifications, with Duchy College, where we make the outdoors your classroom
If you are wondering what to do after GCSEs we can help. Our courses are developed to help you reach your full potential. To do this we combine your qualification with work experience and personal skills and development to make you stand out from the crowd. We want to make sure that you are well prepared for work, further training or higher education.
At Duchy College we are career focused, offering skills training and qualifications to support you into employment that will map to the needs of our local and regional economy. Our curriculum provides hands-on practical training you can take straight into the workplace or progress onto higher study such as degrees and postgraduate qualifications.
Full-time education for school leavers at Duchy College begins with choosing a specialist qualification designed with your chosen career. We have a wide range of specialist subjects, both land-based and beyond across sport, public service and wider outdoor careers. You can choose from Agriculture to Zoology and everything in-between.
If you are fortunate enough to know the career route you want to follow, why wait? With an apprenticeship you can earn a real salary and learn in the workplace while you gain experience and qualifications. We offer a broad range of apprenticeships in land-based and animal care pathways to get your career started now.
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Work experience and industry placements
If you are between 16 and 18 years old you will be expected to complete a Work Experience Placement as part of your course. This involves working at a local business or sector relevant employer, like a local farm, or animal sanctuary that is relevant to the course you are studying. The minimum amount of time you would spend on work experience is one week but this will change depending on your course.
If you are on a level 3 course your work experience may take the form of an Industry Placement. An Industry Placement is a minimum of 315 hours (approx. 45 days) and involves actively contributing to the workplace while working on targets which you have set yourself. These targets may be hard skills i.e. knowledge and skills related to the industry, as well as soft skills i.e. behaviours, values and employability.
The Industry Placement and Work Experience Placement that you undertake will depend on your course and circumstances. This will be discussed in more detail at your interview. See the current vacancies we have to give you an idea of what is possible.