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Course Title Rural Skills
Level National 4
The Rural Skills Course allows students to begin to develop some of the basic practical skills necessary to work in most of the land based-disciplines: agricultural livestock, equine industries, horticulture, landscaping, agricultural crops and animal care. The course also provides the opportunity to explore some of the very diverse employment prospects that exist in land-based industries. There is then a choice of a plant or an animal route where students can develop some of the basic skills for the chosen route. The course consists of three Mandatory Units and two Optional Units.
The three Mandatory Units are:
- Land-based Industries: an Introduction (40 hours)
Students will be given the opportunity to investigate the nature of some of the very diverse industries of the land-based industries and also to examine some of the job opportunities of the sector.
- Estate Maintenance (40 hours)
Students will become familiar with a range of hand tools and be given an opportunity to participate in a range of handyman tasks which are common to many of the land-based industries from plumbing repairs to fence repairs.
- Employability Skills in the Land-based Industries (20 hours)
Students are given the opportunity to develop some of the employability skills considered important in the land-based sector such as good timekeeping, attendance, good team working and safety awareness. Evidence for this Unit should be generated through practical activities carried out in the rest of the course.
The two Optional Units will be:
- Crop Production: an Introduction (40 hours)
Students will be given the opportunity to learn the basic skills required to produce a crop from seed to harvest. This Unit will be delivered in the context of horticultural crops, both edible and non-edible
- Soft Landscaping: an Introduction (20 hours)
Students will be given the opportunity to learn the basic skills of caring for plants including weed control, pest control, fertilizing and pruning. This Unit will be delivered in the context of landscape horticulture.
Assessment will be based mainly on a range of practical activities in real or simulated commercial settings supported by tutor observation checklists, together with student self evaluation reviews and question sheets to confirm the knowledge and understanding of the tasks that they have carried out.
Each unit will be supported by a National Assessment Bank (NAB) item, which will provide an assessment package and will exemplify the National Standard.
This course may provide students with opportunities to progress to:
- National Progression Award in Rural Skills at National 5
- SVQs/NVQs in the appropriate land-based sector vocational areas
- Programmes in Further Education Colleges
Other suitable training or employment