Holistic Land Based Studies- 1 year programme

Our 1 year study programme, starting in September 2021, is designed for students with an interest in working outdoors, to equip them with the practical skills and self knowledge to find a career in which care for people and for the land are central.  With life skills, study skills and pastoral care at the heart our curriculum, we offer a student centred approach which can enable students to navigate life and their career paths with resilience and environmental consciousness. 


With both classroom taught and practical skills based opportunities for learning, much of our course is based an outdoor environment.  Students will work alongside tutors and those working in land based enterprises.  Study visits, work experience and a residential trip will be included in the trip.   

Our course is designed to offer steps forward in studies and towards new emerging career pathways. 

  • With hands on experience you will learn skills and knowledge in how to grow food from soil care to cultivation

  • Learn skills and knowledge in forestry, woodland crafts and conservation land care

  • Learn skills and knowledge in nature based approaches to health and social care

Develop a career

in food growing

Learn the practical skills and knowledge necessary to grow food.

Go through the yearly cycle of food growing with hands on experience and learn about:

  • Organic Horticulture

  • Cultivating Composts and Soils

  • Preparing Soils for Growing

  • and Planting

  • Growing Plants for Food

  • Pests, Disease and Weed Control in Organic Horticulture

Future Pathways

  • Further Study

Details of further study pathways can be found via the soil association at:


  • Work

Head Grower/Gardener Manager, Fieldworker, Nursery worker, Community Gardener, Therapeutic Horticulturist, Organic Inspector, Farm Worker.    

Learn about woodland management and wood crafts

Develop the learning,  practical skills and knowledge necessary to start to manage a woodland.  

  • Introduction to Environmental Conservation

  • Skills for Establishing and Maintaining a woodland

  • Woodland Products and Crafts

Future Pathways

  • Further Study

Various Forestry and Arboriculture courses taught at Level 3 and above Forestry Commission Apprenticeship, The National Coppice Apprenticeship Scheme, Ben Law’s Apprentice Scheme, Small Woods Association courses.  

  • Work

Forestry Manager, Coppice Manager, Wildlife Officer, Conservation Worker,  Estate Worker, Tree Surgeon, Craftsperson, Builder, Carpenter.     

Develop the knowledge, experience and skills for workign with people's health and wellbeing in natural settings. 

  • Introduction to Green Care and Nature Based Interventions

  • Relationship between the environment and human health and wellbeing

  • Contribute to supporting group care activities (Green Care focus)

Future Pathways

  • Further Study

Various Health and Social Care courses taught at Level 3 and above at various colleges and universities in the Uk  

Level 3 in Green Care and Eco-Psychology see Natural Academy

  • Work

Care work, working with people in health and social care. Green Care services, gardens for health, care farming, community gardening, conservation for health and wellbeing.   

Experience Nature and Wellbeing and learn about nature based health and social care

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Brown Rock Woodland
187 Clevedon Road, Tickenham

North Somerset, BS21 6RT
E-Mail: info@outdoorcollege.co.uk  

Tel: 07714209579

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