Education & Accreditation

Gateway Qualifications

We are able to offer Co-Farmers the opportunity to gain some accreditation whilst they work using credit based learning (accredited through Gateway Qualifications) this is entirely optional but may benefit those who are looking to strengthen their CV, get back into work or people that find classroom based learning difficult. It is very flexible and can be worked through at an individuals own pace. Delivery is very practical and units can be achieved whilst carrying out the day to day chores on the farm. Entry 3 units can be achieved with evidence gathered by those supporting you e.g. photos, witness statements. Level 1 units are also very hands on and practical  but may also require a small amount of written work. People can gain up to three units over the course of a year.


City and Guilds Land based Studies (Animal Care) Level 1

We also run a City and Guilds Land based Studies (animal care) Level 1 course. This course is ideal as a starting point for young people with an interest in this sector. The aim of the qualification is to provide a sound knowledge and skills base which will allow progression to further learning or qualifications, or into employment opportunities. The course consists of three units (one each term). The course is very practical and calls for students to be able to demonstrate their knowledge. There is a fair amount of theory work involved in some units on this course therefore a good basic level of literacy is required.

What will you be doing?

Working with livestock, feeding, cleaning and general care. Site maintenance. Exploring health and safety. Working as part of a team.

What can it lead on to?

It can lead onto further education and employment opportunities, apprenticeship programmes and volunteer opportunities.

Is it right for you?

  • Are you keen to work outdoors and with animals?
  • Would you like the chance to gain new skills?
  • Would you like to work in a supportive environment that could help you grow in confidence and explore options for the future?

If you answered yes to these questions then this course could be for you.