Students taking this KS4 option will be working towards a BTEC qualification in Countryside & Environment.
They will study woodland ecology, urban ecology and soil sciences. The course will also cover some aspects of food production and animal care.
Field work is an important part of the course and students will visit Croxteth Park, Huyton Wetlands, Mere Sands Wood and Llansannan in North Wales to study the River Aled.
The course covers year 10 and 11 allowing students to gain a Level 1 or 2 BTEC qualification. This course prepares students for careers in biological sciences, wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation.
Students taking this course will be working towards a BTEC in Land Based Studies.
They will gain practical knowledge and experience in soil science, preparing ground for planting, lawn maintenance and plant propagation during their work on the extensive school grounds.
Students meet with outside agencies such as the Knowsley Grounds Maintenance Team for career advice and their coursework is a record of the skills they have gained.
Visits to formal gardens, garden centres and working farms are an important part of the course.
This BTEC level 1 qualification prepares students for a career in grounds maintenance and agriculture.