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Taster Days at Duchy College Rosewarne

Try a subject before you apply!

Our taster days are your chance to get a taste of what college is really like, You will meet our expert teaching staff, get hands-on with real course activities and try out the equipment plus meet other potential students so there are familiar faces when you enrol.

The Duchy College Taster Days are aimed at students aged 14+, in Years 10 and 11, currently at school (or being home tutored) who want to experience a taste of life as a Duchy student for a day and explore ideas for future careers.

You can book a Taster Day in the following subjects:

Duchy College offers excellent agricultural facilities, with a working college home farm, machinery workshops and agricultural crops. Try tractor driving or livestock handling on the College farm and see what it’s really like to be an agricultural student. You must bring overalls, steel toe capped boots or wellingtons for the taster.

Animal Management
Visit our fantastic Animal Management Centre. Spend time with the huge variety of animals we keep, have a go at handling snakes and stick insects, or try your hand at dog grooming. Learn lots about the care of a whole range of pets and farm livestock, meet the animal management team, and gain an insight into the world of work in the animal industry and the courses on offer at Duchy College Rosewarne, which can help you achieve a successful career in animal management.

Construction Plant
Spend the day with land-based construction plant experts. Discover how to drive diggers, forklifts and dumpers, which are used on construction sites.

During your taster day, why not go pond dipping in the Duchy College lake and take what you have found back into the laboratory to analyse invertebrates and water quality under the microscope?Or explore the Duchy College woodland and try your hand at woodland management, bird surveying to develop your identification skills or mapping exercises using the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Spend a day alongside experienced staff carrying out a range of practical tasks and observations, both indoors and outdoors. Take part in sowing seeds and looking at methods of propagating plants, carry out some maintenance of the grounds and observe the life cycles of common pests and diseases.

Land-based Engineering
Spend the day with land-based engineering experts. Find out more about the maintenance of these machines and have a go at stripping an engine and welding.

The sessions will run from 10am – 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch.

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