Working on the Wild Side

About the course

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Course Overview

Do you have a love of the Great Outdoors and want to work with animals, plants or trees?

Our land-based qualifications will give you a head start whether you want to carry out conservation work and improve the environment for wildlife and people, or whether you want to create and maintain heritage sites. Why not let us help you to decide if this kind of work is for you …

Are there any entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements for this course other than an interest in the subject area:

What will the course involve?

During this programme you will study:


This qualification will prepare you to progress into the land-based sector by developing specific knowledge, skills and understanding; preparing you for employment and offering support to gain entry into a specific industry.

Health and Safety:

Understand health and safety risks arising from work activities within the land based industries; understand matters affecting health and safety; understand and maintain safe plant and equipment; ensure safe handling and use of substances; understand H&S information and instruction; ensure competency to carry out tasks; understand and maintain safe and healthy working conditions.

You will also have a unique opportunity to experience Taster Sessions in the land-based areas of Arboriculture, Horticulture and Animal Studies to help you decide into which area you would like to progress

How long will I be learning?

Location: Preston and Croxteth

Course Length: 6 Weeks

Start Date: Monday 3rd June 2019 – Preston and Croxteth Campuses

· Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm

· Friday 9am to 4pm

What equipment will I need?

What can I expect to learn from this course?

During this one week programme, you will achieve the following qualifications:

· Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills

· Level 2 Award in Health and Safety (related to land-based activities)

As well as experiencing Taster Sessions within the areas of Arboriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

Myerscough College Horticulture
Myerscough College Horticulture


Horticulture is a rapidly growing area of the economy thanks to a strong public interest in gardening, plants, sustainability and food security. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the horticulture industry is the largest employer in the UK, supplying 18 million gardeners.

The number of garden centres continues to increase and the public demand for attractive horticultural landscapes remains strong. This means that plant growers, suppliers and managers are constantly looking for ways to improve their businesses.

Myerscough College Fellow - Christine Walkden
Myerscough College Fellow - Christine Walkden

Christine Walkden: Honorary Fellow

"My passion for gardening was nurtured at Myerscough College and I've been getting my hands dirty ever since." Celebrity plantswoman and horticulturalist Christine was awarded an honorary fellowship and regularly works with the College and our Horticultural department.