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2017-2018 A Guide to Shuttleworth College

Achieve your dreams At Shuttleworth College

Includes: • Full-time Study Programmes • Apprenticeship Programmes • Part-time Courses • Higher Education Courses

welcome to Shuttleworth We are a specialist land-based college, which means that we offer courses in agricultural and environmental education, as well as animal science and outdoor education. We make full use of our natural resources, including the commercial farm, woodland, walled garden and lakes, all within the stunning location of Old Warden Park near Biggleswade. Back in 1946 we enrolled our first students and established our place as a national centre for agricultural education. Today both our students and our facilities continue to win national awards. If you have a passion for the great outdoors and want to pursue or enhance your career in the land-based industries, then this is the place for you.


A Guide to Shuttleworth College 2017-18


CONTENTS Open Days and term dates


Shuttleworth College Campus


Travel information


Studying at Shuttleworth


Subject area snapshots


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Open DaYS Our Open Days are the best way to see what we can offer you: • Take a tour • Talk to tutors and current students • ‘Have a go’ with our interactive activities and demonstrations • Ask our Student Services advisers all of your questions

• Saturday 5 November 2016, 9.30am-12.30pm • Saturday 28 January 2017, 9.30am-12.30pm • Saturday 11 March 2017, 9.30am-12.30pm • Thursday 25 May 2017, 5.00pm-8.00pm • Thursday 24 August 2017, 2.00pm-7.00pm Pre-register now and avoid the queues at: 4

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TERM DATES AUTUMN TERM 2017 Monday 11 September 2017 to Friday 15 December 2017 Half-term: Monday 23 October 2017 to Friday 27 October 2017 SPRING TERM 2018 Monday 8 January 2018 to Thursday 29 March 2018 Half-term: Monday 12 February 2018 to Friday 16 February 2018 SUMMER TERM 2018 Monday 16 April 2018 to Friday 22 June 2018 Half-term: Monday 28 May 2018 to Friday 1 June 2018


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Shuttleworth COLLEGE Campus The 500 acre Shuttleworth College Campus is not just a beautiful place to study, its unique working environments will provide you with everything you need to succeed on our Animal Sciences, Horse Management, Land & The Environment and Outdoor Adventure courses.

YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO: • Learning Resources Centre

• Mechanisation Centre of agricultural machinery

• Information Learning Technology suites

• Mount Pleasant Equine Centre

• Munch & Mocha Restaurant and Coffee Shop

• Indoor and outdoor sports facilities, pitches and courts

• Job Shop ‘pop-up’ shop • Walled garden, lakes and parklands • Blue Cross award-winning Animal Unit • Kingshill Farm (livestock and arable land)

SUPPORTING YOU Here at Shuttleworth College you can benefit from award-winning advice and support in everything from your future career to your personal wellbeing. There are lots of ways we can help: • Award-winning support from our Student Services team • A dedicated counselling service for when you just need someone to talk to • Additional support for those with individual learning needs such as dyslexia, hearing or visual impairment • Financial guidance • Careers advice through our own Job Shop


A Guide to Shuttleworth College 2017-18

• Fish farm and lakes • Woodland and conservation area • Floristry workshop and refrigerated storage rooms







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TRAVEL information TRAVEL BY BUS We provide a comprehensive College-run bus service to local towns and villages in the surrounding area depending on demand, including: • Ampthill • Arlesey • Baldock • Barton • Beeston • Bedford • Biggleswade • Bletchley • Brampton • Buckden • Caddington • Clifton • Clophill • Dunstable • Eaton Bray • Eaton Socon • Flitwick • Great Barford • Harlington • Hatch • Haynes • Houghton Regis • Hitchin • Huntingdon

• Kensworth • Langford • Leighton Buzzard • Letchworth • Little Paxton • Lower Stondon • Luton • Maulden • Meppershall • Milton Keynes • Potton • Sandy • Shefford • Shillington • Streatley • Stevenage • St Ippolyts • St Neots • Stotfold • Toddington • Westoning • Wilstead • Woburn Sands

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TRAVEL BY TRAIN The nearest mainline railway station is Biggleswade, which is served twice-hourly by the Peterborough to London Kings Cross line, stopping at nearby towns. Our Campus is just a 10 minute bus journey (see left) or trip by taxi from Biggleswade station. TRAVEL BY CAR Our campus benefits from ample free car parking on site and is a short distance from the A1, with easy access from Biggleswade, Sandy, St Neots, Hitchin and Stevenage, as well as Bedford. ACCOMMODATION If travelling to our Shuttleworth College Campus is difficult for you, we may be able to offer you a place in our halls of residence. You’ll get your own single study bedroom plus access to a modern common room complete with kitchen facilities, comfy chairs, sofas and TV. In 2016/2017 our accommodation cost was £3,960 per year including full board during the week (subject to change, check online for latest information). Help with costs for our halls may be available to you through our residential bursary – visit:

SUBSIDISED BUS TRAVEL The College-run bus service is subsidised depending on your household income. Last year the cost was £150 per term if you have an income of £30,000 or less and £225 per term for an income over £30,000. It is cheaper if you pay for the whole year at £405 or £640 respectively.* *Please note these are subject to review and can change, visit our website to get the latest costs.


A Guide to Shuttleworth College 2017-18

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STUDYING AT SHUTTLEWORTH In today’s competitive market employers and universities are looking for much more than just a qualification. At Shuttleworth College, alongside your industryrecognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills.


Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) Entry requirements: One Year: 3 GCSEs A*-D or 9-3 ideally... Two Years: 3 GCSEs A*-G or 9-1 ideally including English and maths and an interest in the subject.

Level 3 (equivalent to A-Level) Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths, or an Intermediate Level Diploma

Agriculture Animal Sciences Countryside Fisheries Floristry Horse Management Horticulture Land-Based Studies Outdoor Adventure



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“I wanted to do something that I really enjoyed and I love riding and working with horses – I’ve been doing it since I was eight years old. We had two hours a week of riding and I was given the opportunity to ride the horses after College as I didn’t have access to my own horse like some other people. The facilities at Shuttleworth are brilliant. We have 23 good stables, a big indoor school where we ride, and have access to a horse walker, which not many colleges have.”

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES As an apprentice, you’ll get all the benefits of studying with Shuttleworth College for an industry-recognised qualification, while working in your chosen industry. We are the largest apprenticeship provider in the county, which means we offer a wide range of apprenticeships for you to choose from.


Intermediate – Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs A*-D or 9-3)

Advanced – Level 3 (equivalent to A-Levels)

Higher Levels – 4-7 (Foundation Degree level and above)

Agriculture Countryside Environmental Conservation Horse Management Horticulture Trees & Timber We also offer work-based training programmes in Agriculture, Horticulture and Trees & Timber.

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(Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire). This degree-level course will provide you with high-quality, broad-based training in animal related biological sciences. You’ll study a mixture of practical, scientific, technical and business principles to prepare you for a career in animal management and give you a thorough understanding of the field. On completion of this course you can progress on to the final year of a full degree – BSc (Hons) Animal Science – with the University of Bedfordshire.

Agriculture Foundation Degree (FdSc) with BSc (Hons) Top–up Degree (Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire). This degree-level course will provide you with high-quality, advanced skills and knowledge you will need to be successful in the industry or progress into higher level research. The course covers sustainable crop science and production, agri-science and technology, livestock science and production, sustainable land management, business management and investigative research. You can progress on to the final year of a full degree – BSc (Hons) Agriculture – with the University of Bedfordshire.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need: 32-48 UCAS points including a relevant science OR Animal Management BTEC Advanced Level Extended Diploma (for Animal Science) OR Land-Based (Agriculture/Animal Management/ Countryside/Horticulture/Fisheries) BTEC Advanced Level Extended Diploma (for Agriculture) OR An equivalent Advanced Level qualification with GCSEs in English, maths and science at A*-C or 9-4. We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications. 12

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PART-TIME COURSES We offer both professional courses and courses just for fun from half a day to a year long. Our professional qualifications are accredited by leading industry bodies to enhance your career.

Agriculture – including City & Guilds qualifications • Agriculture and Smallholder Skills


• All-Terrain Vehicles • Brushcutting


• Forklifts • Hedgecutters

“I’m self-employed and work in London as a Personal Trainer but I’ve been in the fitness industry for 18 years and I’m now looking for a change and to do something different. I also want a more self-sufficient lifestyle so this RHS qualification seemed like a good stepping stone to achieve both of these goals. It’s well respected in the industry and I can keep my options open as I don’t know what area of horticulture I want to specialise in yet.”

• Pest Control Arboriculture – including City & Guilds and Lantra qualifications • Safe Use and Maintenance of the Chainsaw • Small and Large Tree Felling • Climbing from a Rope and Harness and related qualifications • Tree Inspection • Woodchippers Floristry – including City & Guilds qualifications Horticulture • Garden Design & Landscaping • Horticulture & Gardening – including Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) courses • Mowers • Pruning Outdoor Adventure – including British Canoe Union qualifications

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• Paddlesport

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SUBJECT AREA SNAPSHOTs Join us in our outdoor classroom We are located in a beautiful 500 acre estate with a commercial farm, woodland and conservation area, walled garden, fish farm and lakes, as well as a large animal unit and equine centre, along with state-of-the-art learning technologies. You have to see it to believe it!

Agriculture Study Agriculture and you’ll spend plenty of time on our working livestock and arable farm. You will learn about the science, art and business of cultivating crops, livestock production and sustainable land management – everything you need for a successful career in modern day farming.

Animal Sciences Our Animal Unit has over 400 species, from meerkats and iguanas to alpacas and alligators, each housed in their own unique environments that recreate their natural habitat. Here you’ll learn how to care for each one.

Countryside As a Countryside student our stunning surroundings and industry links are just what you need to develop your skills and knowledge in environmental conservation, ecology, game management and habitat management. 14

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Fisheries Our site and fish farm is the place to learn about fish production, angling, the fisheries industry, aquaculture, recreational fisheries management and aquatic and ornamental fisheries management.

Floristry You will use a diverse range of artistic skills and materials to create inspirational and emotive floral designs. We will also teach you the business skills needed to be successful in the floral industry.

Horse Management Study at our Equine Centre and you can enjoy the use of two indoor schools, covered stabling, a horse walker, paddocks and large tack room while improving your riding and horse management with our College horses.

Horticulture Our walled garden and estate provide a range of opportunities to learn about plant propagation, planting and landscape design, interior and exterior plant selection, arboriculture, tree work, plant science and business management.

Outdoor Adventure You’ll regularly take to the water on our lakes kayaking and canoeing, and experience orienteering, climbing, archery and sailing at other local venues.

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Shuttleworth College Old Warden Park Biggleswade Bedfordshire SG18 9DX Tel: 01767 626222 Email: Web:

This publication is also available in large print and audio formats. Call 01767 626222 to order your copy. Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure that the information within this prospectus is correct at the time of printing, some details may be subject to change. Shuttleworth College reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if student numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course, we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Guide to Shuttleworth College 2017-18  

Shuttleworth College

Guide to Shuttleworth College 2017-18  

Shuttleworth College