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Some of the professional training courses available at Duchy College Rosewarne and Stoke Climsland

An introduction to dog training

No Qualification • Part-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


This course is designed to provide knowledge about suitable training techniques for dog owners or those who simply wish to learn about training dogs. Understanding how dogs think, learn and act is integral to good training. This course will provide you with a grounding in basic training, exploring how dogs communicate to enable better trained dogs. Furthering your training knowledge will ensure that dogs are better trained and therefore happier and ultimately improving human-dog relationships. Often issues are founded in miscommunication, this course will aid you in recognising where such issues may arise and how you might prevent them. Please note: this course is a theoretical course covering dog behaviour and will not require you to bring your dogs along on the day This course will run from 09:00-16:00 Please note: this course is for applicants aged 19+ only

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Animal Care Certificate

Level 2 • Full-time • Duchy College Rosewarne, Duchy College Stoke Climsland


This Level 2 Animal Care course is available both Duchy college campuses, which are each home to a large variety of animals. The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care is about preparing you for any career with animals. Whether going into further study, wanting to become a pet shop assistant, a zoo keeper or work in rescue centres, this course sets you up for a career in the animal industry. Caring for animals can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career. From working in kennels and catteries to pet shops, rescue centres or sanctuaries, there is a wide range of careers available on successful completion of your course. With access to animal collections on campus you will gain the practical training you need to pursue a career in this exciting industry. This is a one year course than runs from September to July. It is run over 4 days at college and 1 day at a work experience placement to gain at all important experience. This course uses a balance of theory and practice to help you develop the skills and knowhow to confidently work with animals’ great and small. You will cover a broad range of topics that cater for all animals from small to large mammals, to birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. You will learn how to maintain animal health and welfare, how to care for feeding and accommodation routines. You will explore animal behaviour and correct handling techniques, along with ensuring Health & Safety is paramount in the Animal and Land based industries. You will learn about how to care for exotics animals and how animals’ biological systems work. You will also get to choose between either Introduction to Caring for Horses or Livestock. You will trial both units before deciding which you would like to develop further. You will study a combination of theory and practical work, and can expect to spend time both at college and in a work experience placement of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to go on field trips to local zoos, wildlife parks and animal sanctuaries. You will need to purchase PPE to wear during your practical sessions. More information about what PPE will be required will be provided upon application.

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Agriculture Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


Duchy College is the region’s largest land-based education and training provider, with both campuses located in the heart of the countryside, surrounded by rolling hills and working farm land. This Level 3 Agriculture course is perfect for you if you want to develop your technical knowledge and practical skills in order to gain a better understanding of the management of different agricultural enterprises, or as an alternative to A-levels to gain university entry. You can expect to be in college three to four days a week and to gain a wide variety of experience from practical work on the College farm and in association with our industry partners, which include Rothamstead Research, who provide unique research capabilities for the UK. We are also the only agricultural college in the country where students take an active role in first cut silage making. Our Duchy Stoke Climsland campus is home to Future Farm, a £10 million scheme including a state-of-the-art dairy unit, the campus occupies a 367-hectare estate with dairy, beef, sheep, arable and forage crops, plus a range of dry and wet habitats typical of the area. We also have an impressive portfolio of up-to-date farm machinery.

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Horticulture Certificate

Level 2 • Full-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


As a modern horticulturalist you’ll need a range of skills including; scientific knowledge of plants, soil, pest and diseases and a wide variety of practical skills such as planting, pruning and hard landscaping. Our Level 2 and Level 3 courses will give you all the in-depth knowledge you need to start your career, with the option of continuing on to university study with one of our degrees at the iconic Eden Project.

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RHS Certificate In Practical Horticulture

Level 2 • Part-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


This is an ideal qualification for entry into horticultural employment, improving practical skills or further study. It covers a wide range of horticultural topics and up-to-date working practices. This is an appropriate course for someone looking for a career change or to gain a better knowledge

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Foundation Learning Works Pathway: Pathway 2 Employment Stage 1

Entry Level • Full-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


Looking to work? The FL Works Pathway develops and prepares you for employment. You may study this pathway in 2 stages. Pathway to Employment Stage 1 and Pathway to Employment Stage 2 (Supported Internship). Pathway to Employment Stage 1: This course helps you on your journey towards the world of work. You will develop a range of employability skills, gaining work and community experiences through activities on campus and the local area. Your course will be a blend of practical and classroom-based learning; including an internal work placement. This Pathway is offered at different campuses. The work experiences on offer are specific to the campus you choose to study at, where you will benefit from being taught be a range of highly-skilled professionals. Our vision is to support you to be INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENT AND RESILIENT so that you are well-prepared to engage with the wider community. The Pathway 2 Employment course and experiences within it, will most certainly help you to develop in these areas, working towards your chosen aspiration and progression.

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Agricultural Tractor Driving And Related Operations City & Guilds Award

Professional Qualification • Part-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


This is a practical course for those with little or no previous tractor and machine handling experience. You will receive plenty of hands-on experience behind the wheel and will learn all the necessary to safely and efficiently drive a tractor with and without attachments/trailers. This course is open to everyone however, if you are 19 years old or over, you may be eligible for funding for this course. Please enquire for more details about your eligibility.

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Diploma in Equine Management

Level 3 • Full-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


If you already have experience with horses as well as the passion & determination to turn it into a career then this is the course for you. It will help you to take your existing skills to a professional sphere & prepare you to work in the equine industry or progress to higher education. You will have lectures in a range of subjects from Nutrition to Fitness, as well as practical lessons. We are very lucky to have both indoor and outdoor schools, stabling for 55 horses that are all rubber matted and have automatic water drinkers as well as a 5 horse-walker, 2 hot wash bays and solariums. The equestrian centre has 30 acres of grazing that is split into smaller paddocks, a cross country schooling area and lots of beautiful hacking available. You’ll be able to ride a range of horses at college that are suited to develop your individual skills. Level 3 students organise and run shows in a range of disciplines and also have the chance to compete in them on our college horses. We are also a BHS exam centre so can support you in taking these additional qualifications. When on yard duties you will be undertaking normal horse care tasks such as feeding, mucking out, grooming and also clipping throughout the winter. As part of the duty team you will also have the opportunity to learn supervisory skills, getting you ready for a career with horses. We often have competitions at weekends in our Equestrian Centre so you will also have the opportunity to get involved with these. You could learn to be a steward, work with a course builder or write for a dressage judge. You’ll be learning from experienced and well qualified staff, who are there to ensure you reach your full potential.

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Uniformed Services Diploma Level 1

Level 1 • Full-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


This course is a fantastic opportunity for learners who are interested in progressing on to a level 2 course in Sport, Outdoors or Military and Protective Services. There is a very large practical element to the course including elements of fitness and team sports. For learners wanting to apply for one of the forces; it will enable learners “to prepare to make a recruitment application or provide a basis for further study and progression towards the entry qualification of a specific service.”

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Work-based Animal Care Award

Level 1 • Full-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


The City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Work-based Animal Care is a programme of work-based training and assessment, leading to a nationally-recognised qualification. It aims to meet the needs of learners who work, or want to work, in the animal care sector. It allow learners to learn, develop, and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the animal care sector. Please note: It may be possible for you to recieve funding for this course – please contact us for further details. This course is for adults aged 19+.

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Canine Anatomy in Action

No Qualification • Full-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


Understanding your dog’s musculoskeletal system enables you to harness their ability more effectively at all levels of work and competition. Canine anatomy in action is a fun and informative way to enhance your knowledge of the canine musculoskeletal system from an anatomical perspective. Delivered using live dogs, canine treadmill and a wide range of anatomical specimens to aid your understanding of nature’s support mechanisms.

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Practical Horse Skills Level 1

Level 1 • Part-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


Our Level 1 Practical Horse Skills for Adult Learners (19+) course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to turn your passion into a career. You will: • Develop your practical horse care skills • Learn how to work safely, effectively and efficiently in the equine workplace • Gain confidence in applying for roles within the industry

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Plaiting and Trimming

No Qualification • Part-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


You will learn the art of plaiting your horses main and tail and trimming ready for a competition. The course mixes theory and practical elements which provides you with the essential knowledge and skills required to help prepare your horse for a show. Please ensure that you come prepared to be on the yard with suitable clothing and footwear. This course will run from 09:00-16:00 Please note: this course is for applicants aged 19+ only

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Level 1 Diploma in Agriculture (Crops) – 0066 City & Guilds Work Based Agriculture

Level 1 • Full-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


Always wanted to work in Agriculture and Land? This could be the course for you. As you study you will learn and develop the practical skills required for employment in the arable agricultural sector, whilst gaining additional transferable skills such as tractor driving and safe operation boosting your career progression in Agriculture. At Duchy College Rosewarne you will find a wonderful learning environment whilst undertaking your theory and practical sessions. These will include the maintenance of equipment, basic operations of a tractor and tractor mounted implements, preparation of sites for planting and maintaining the health of extensive crops. You will learn how to work safely, ensuring the welfare of yourself and others in the workplace as well as adopting good Bio-security practices to obtain maximum crop yield. All our lecturers are specialist in their given area, providing you with an excellent learning experience. All units are designed to give you the skills required to start a successful career in Agriculture. The course has established effective links with a number of professional industry providers, which provides students with a clear ‘line of sight’ to work, enriched learning experience, raises the credibility of the qualifications and improves the collaboration between education and employers. This hands-on experience in a real working environment will enable you to apply the skills and knowledge in the workplace and consolidate the lessons in the practical arena. You will develop specific skills and broaden your employability portfolio whilst working in your placement. In addition to enhancing your understanding of your subject, you will develop essential life skills, such as working with others to communicate confidently and effectively to care for the crops that you are responsible for.

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Diploma in Sport (Sports Coaching)

Level 2 • Full-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


If you can’t get enough of sport and/or fitness and have your sights set on becoming a sports coach, PE teacher or fitness instructor, then this is the course for you. Then this will be on your first step in to a career in the sport, health and fitness industry! The first thing you’ll notice about this course is that it’s about both practical and theoretical learning – you’ll be spending a lot of time outside the classroom doing practical sport and fitness in our on-campus sports hall, fully equipped gym and grass pitches. There are no exams at all; the course is a combination of practical and portfolio-based assessments. At Duchy Stoke we have two pathways within the Level 2 qualification: football or fitness. If you are interested in the football pathway; Duchy College Stoke has an amazing partnership in place with Plymouth Argyle FC. Students have the opportunity to enrol on a post 16 football development programme with high quality training delivered by Argyle staff twice a week and fixtures taking place most Wednesday afternoons, all of which go towards the evidence needed to complete your course, playing football actually is your college course. The Plymouth Argyle staff are on site for each day of the pathway, using their specialist industry expertise to support coach development and to improve individual player performance. If you are interested in the fitness pathway: Duchy College Stoke have developed a new partnership with the state-of-the-art gym provision at The Zone in nearby Callington. You will travel to The Zone for some of your practical sessions where they have a combination of fitness equipment covering all aspects of fitness. In addition to the Duchy team having fitness industry experience and qualifications, the team at the Zone will be able to add their insight as you work on both your own physical fitness and learn how to coach in the fitness setting. You’ll be looking at everything: strength & conditioning techniques, skills and the beginnings of tactical awareness along with teamwork and leadership. In addition, you will be carrying out your very own personal fitness plan as you progress through the course. In essence, you’ll be developing all of the essential skills you need to start your journey towards a career in sport, health and fitness As a Level 2 course, this diploma is all about introducing you to everything from the theory behind how the body works, to the practical steps needed to plan and coach your very own sport/fitness session. Our highly-skilled and motivated staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience in sport, health and fitness. They are there to give you the very best start to your career.

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Forest School – Using Forest School for Young People with SEND.

No Qualification • Full-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


Come and join our team with your son/daughter to experience a variety of forest school activities tailored to young people with special educational needs. You’ll learn about the natural environment, use tools and try lighting fires!

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