The aim of the course is to develop practical skills in metalwork and basic vehicle maintenance. You will learn Health and Safety in the workshop. The engineering department maintains college equipment. For example you will learn to wash and valet vehicles, repair sheep hurdles and maintain wheelbarrows. You will have the opportunity to work as part of a team on large projects like refurbishing a farm trailer, making a trailer for the mini-tractor or making a barbeque for one of the college houses. You will also be able to work on individual projects, such as make a CD rack, a candle holder or a project of your own design. You may learn to drive the mini-tractor and use it for a range of tasks on the college site.
The aim of the course is to learn about plants, how to grow them and Health and Safety in the garden. You will learn to sow seeds, prick out seedlings, identify parts of a plant, plant out, weed, feed, water and harvest a range of vegetables. You will help to plan what we grow in each plot and select produce to be sold in the farm shop as well as help maintain the gardens at the college houses. You will learn to identify and use a range of hand tools as well as using a petrol mower and cultivator under supervision.
You will learn to look after animals and the land as well as Health and Safety on a farm. Sometimes you may see animals born. You will meet the vet and the sheep/alpaca shearer and see them working. You may learn to drive the college tractor, help with chain harrowing, rolling, haymaking, mending fences, hedging and ditching.
You will learn stable management, horse riding and Health and Safety when dealing with horses. You will learn to groom, muck out and feed the horses. You will learn to clean tack and find out about First Aid for horses. You will meet the vet and the farrier and see them working. You will learn to ride the college horses in our outdoor arena. You may enter local horse shows and perhaps win a rosette!
You will explore art and artists from around the world. You will have the opportunity to undertake self-directed study within a chosen topic using different mediums. You will learn about the principles of colour theory and apply it to your work. Techniques such as water colour, pastel, clay work and collage will be covered. There is an opportunity to display work to be viewed by the public. On completion of the course, you will have a folder full of your master pieces on the topics you have undertaken.