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City & Guilds Level 1 Extended Certificate in Employability Skills

About the course

This is course is designed to prepare young people for entry into employment or further study in the animal care, horticulture or sports sectors. The course includes taught sessions focusing on employability and personal development; which are supported by practical sessions / background knowledge sessions that focus on the learner’s chosen sector (animal care or horticulture). For those who are unsure about which area they wish to specialise in there is the opportunity to try different areas or to change practical groups.

Course modules

Year 1

Planning for progression

Working as part of a team

Contribute to own healthy living

Understanding crime and its effects

Using materials and equipment for a practical activity

Effective communication

Keeping safe

Candidate project

Community project

Valuing equality and diversity

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

A keen interest in animal care or horticulture. Some learners start their educational career at Myerscough College on this course, where others progress from the Skills for Working Life programme.

Learning and assessment

Practical assessment and portfolio building.


Level 1 ABC Animal Care, L1 Practical Horticulture Skills, Supported Internship.


Employment in kennels, catteries, pet shops, grooming parlours, welfare societies, gardens, garden centres, nurseries.

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Outdoor clothing and steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons.

Work experience

Work experience is carried out at the College in the Animal and Equine Studies Centre or the Walled Garden.

Foundation Learning at Myerscough College
Foundation Learning at Myerscough College

Foundation Learning

We provide a range of Foundation Learning full-time and part-time courses for students with additional needs. Our aim is to help students develop a range of important skills - social, academic and vocational - whilst providing the support and encouragement for them to grow in confidence and express their personality. View our Foundation Learning Presentation here!

The Foundation Learning team has built up an excellent reputation over many years for successfully working with students who have a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

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