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Introduction to Running Your Own Smallholding - Workshop

Course code: ESCR008P

Subject area: Animal Care & Management

Study level: Part Time

Course level:

Course details

Course time:

09:30 - 16:30

Days of week:


Course date:

10th May 2025 - 10th May 2025

Course location:

Common Leys Farm

Contact details


01235 555 585

This course is designed for those thinking of taking on farm livestock for the first time or those who already have a smallholding but want to learn more. The course is held at our Common Leys Farm Campus where you can take part in theory and practical sessions making full use of the Livestock Technology Centre and our animal enclosures.
During the course, you will be able to get hands on practice with restraint and husbandry techniques of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. The College also has a poultry section so if this is your area of interest then keeping hens can be incorporated into the course.

Part of your learning will take place in our barn fitted with modern farming technology. Here, you will be given a demonstration as to how modern technology can benefit farmers on a small and large scale.

No experience or knowledge is needed to take part in this course, but if you do already have your own smallholding and want advice and guidance, this course is perfect for you.

Course units
The course will cover the legal considerations along with practical guidance. Looking at the basics of keeping; pigs, goats, cattle, sheep and poultry, with a strong focus on animal welfare.

The day will include a mixture of practical activities on the college farm as well as theory sessions, during which Land management will also be addressed.

There will be a question and answer session to allow for those with particular interests to gain expert advice.

What next?
You will leave us with a certificate of attendance and contacts for future advice and guidance. Should you wish to continue your learning, you can study further qualifications in agriculture or animal management.
Entry criteria
There are no entry requirements for this course.
Fee information

As part of your course we may organise trips to assist you with your learning. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £86.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £86.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £43.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £43.00

Qualifications received
College certificate of attendance.