Rural Skills (SfW) SCQF level 4

What is special about this course?

This 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 the very diverse employment prospects that exist in land-based industries.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

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. 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. They will also 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.

This Course is at Intermediate 1 level and consists of three mandatory Units and two optional Units.

The mandatory Units are:

♦Land-based Industries: an Introduction

♦Estate Maintenance

♦Employability Skills in the Land-based sector - 0.5 Unit credit


The optional Units are:

♦Animal Husbandry: an Introduction

♦Animal Handling: an Introduction - 0.5 Unit credit


♦Crop Production: an Introduction

♦Soft Landscaping: an Introduction - 0.5 Unit credit


Employability Skills in the Land-based Industries.

In  this Unit, students will be given the opportunity to develop some of the employability skills considered important in the land-based sector such as good time-keeping, attendance, good team working and safety awareness.

Students who choose the animal route will be given the opportunity to learn the skills for some of the basic tasks of maintaining the health and well-being of one species of animal (horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry, game birds, small cage companion mammals, dogs, cats or farmed fish) in a simulated commercial or a commercial setting. They will also learn the basic skills of handling and restraining one species of animal in a commercial or simulated commercial setting.

Students who choose the plant route will be given the opportunity to learn the basic skills required to produce a crop from seed to harvest. This will be delivered in the context of horticulture (both edible and non-edible), agriculture, or tree nurseries for forestry. The Students will also be given the opportunity to learn the basic skills of caring for plants including weed control, pest control, fertilising and pruning, in the context of countryside or estate management, or landscape horticulture.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Fully taught.

Partnership agreements with local employers in land-based industries will enable students to carry out the wide range of practical activities required in the Course in a simulated commercial environment. There may be the opportunity for students to work-shadow

How long will my course last?

160 Hours

This is a 160 hour course.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more details on the course start date.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Progression - Scottish Progression Award in Rural Skills at Intermediate 2; SVQs in appropriate land-based sector vocational areas; other suitable training or employment.

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Apply for Rural Skills (SfW) SCQF level 4

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

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