Greatwood Educational Programmes

Horse Power © - (6 weeks; 1 hr session; max group size 8)

Greatwood Certificate
Horse Power is a life skills and emotional literacy programme, developed at Greatwood for young people with specific educational and learning needs. Students have the opportunity to develop social and communication skills and to increase their self-esteem through interaction with small animals and rescued ex-race horses. As an education centre we link the programmes to the National Curriculum and liaise closely with education services to ensure that our work is complementary to the students’ needs.

Horse Power © PLUS - (6 weeks; 1 hr session; 1:1)

Greatwood Certificate
Delivered as an individual programme, based on the Horse Power© programme (as detailed above), but tailor-made to cater for individual learning needs.

The following programmes are accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN) (QCF):

Developing Confidence - (10 weeks; 2 hr sessions; max group size 8)

NOCN Developing Confidence Working with Animals - 3 credits towards a Level 1 Qualification in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development
Secondary aged students completing this course have the opportunity to build on their confidence whilst working with Thoroughbred horses and a variety of small animals. They will cover topics ranging from following health and safety rules, to understanding the natural behaviour of animals and how to recognise them. A ‘Learning Journey’ is also created for each individual learner in order to monitor the development of key transferrable skills, such as communication, working with others and managing emotions over the length of the programme.

Engagement - (33 weeks; 4½ hr sessions; max group size 8)

NOCN Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (6 credits)
NOCN Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (18 credits)

Secondary aged learners completing this 33 week course will achieve an Award (6 credits) or Certificate (18 credits) in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development. Differentiated teaching means that this qualification can be taken at Entry L3, L1 or L2 according to the strengths of the learner. This course has a strong vocational focus and includes gaining an understanding of the principles of moving and handling animals; dealing with animal accommodation and a work experience element. Transferrable skills are an integral part of this programme with particular focus on interpersonal and teamwork skills and the opportunity to build a career portfolio.
The range of facilities available at Greatwood allow learners to engage with various areas of the land-based industry including horticulture, woodlands and equine care. These areas, and the roles associated with them, not only build on social and emotional aspects of learning but also present numerous problem solving tasks in which students have to work together in small groups in order to achieve the required result.

Options - (33 weeks; 4½ hr sessions; max group size 8)

NOCN Diploma in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (37 credits)
This course is an extension of the NOCN Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development and includes units such as maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals, personal career preparation, making choices in pursuit of personal goals.
The aim of this course is to provide learners with practical hands on experience of working in a yard environment. Individuals wishing to progress in the land-based industries need to be able to demonstrate flexibility and wide ranging skills. This course aims to raise learner aspirations and self-confidence.
The following programmes are accredited by 1st 4 Sport (QCF):

Get Going - (6 weeks; 5 hr sessions; max group size 4)

1ST4Sport Entry Level 2 Award in ‘Assisting with Basic Care of Horses’
Aiming to help combat the rise in unemployment amongst young adults, this innovative programme’s objectives are to provide students with a nationally recognised accredited qualification in basic horse care. This will enable them to progress further in the equine industry or put them onto the path to further learning and will develop key workplace skills such as motivation and confidence.

Greatwood Pre-Apprenticeship - (30 weeks; 5 hr sessions)

    This learner-led programme gives students the opportunity to:
  • Develop specific transferrable employability skills
  • Improve their own employability, confidence and self esteem
  • Evidence the achievement of skills and qualities valued by employers, including communication and ICT skills
  • Experience a chosen vocational area
  • Learners also have opportunity to undertake further vocational qualifications, or individual unit accreditation, from a variety of topics provided by 1st 4 Sport.


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Rainscombe Hill Farm
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Marlborough, Wiltshire
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