Brinsbury College is set in 570 acres of stunning countryside on the edge of the South Downs National Park.
Located near Pulborough, the campus accommodates land-based courses, and includes a working farm, animal care centre, forge and stables, as well as vast areas of woodland.
This is a broad ranging course in agriculture for people looking for a career in this vitally important industry. The course runs for 2.5 days per week with one day compulsory work experience on a commercial farm. Classrooms are based at the college farm where you will learn in the classroom one minutes then be on the farmyard verifying the learning the next. You will learn about different cereals, pulses, oilseeds, grasses, forage crops and how they grow, plus different soil types and how organic matter improved soils. You will be taught estate skills to include fencing, erecting gates, habitat management. You will drive modern machinery performing field operations to include ploughing, power harrowing, drilling, fertiliser spreading, slurry injecting and more. You will be taught all the husbandry skills you will need for dairy, sheep and pigs to include milking, husbandry tasks, vaccinations, calving, lambing, lambing stock tasks, grading, shearing and many more.
This course will give you a solid understanding of the agricultural industry and allow you to progress to study at universities such as Harper Adams and The Royal Agricultural college, Cirencester or go into work. The course provides outstanding knowledge and experiences of agricultural theories and practices, all taught on the college farm.
This is a great insight into what goes into agriculture within the UK. The course is based around 80% practical with 20% theory, with all of the main qualification taught at the college farm within the classrooms. The learning setting is quite unique with the commercial working farm having two classrooms and a computer room within its surroundings. So you can back up the theory with the practical within a matter of minutes.
This course is ideal if you are new to agriculture or have some basic knowledge. Studying at Brinsbury offers you the opportunity to learn in a stunning environment as you develop your skills and knowledge of livestock, machinery and estate work, all using their college farm.
This two year, full time course is a practical introduction into a broad range of animal-based industries including animal care, agriculture and equine. It gives you the opportunity to specialise as your interests and skills develop. Your knowledge is enhanced through working alongside an extensive range of animal species from livestock on the working farm, to rodents and lizards at our diverse Animal Centre.
The HND in Animal Management is a challenging course that aims to produce students who will quickly aspire to managerial positions within the animal management industry. Students on this course will have the opportunity to work on the fully equipped animal centre and make use of the on-site laboratory facilities.
This is an advanced course for school leavers or mature students who want to retrain in the animal care industry. This course allows you to improve your animal experience and confidence through practical work with reptiles, mammals, birds and paddock animals in the animal centre facilities.
This is the second year of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma and is a course for school leavers or mature students who want to retrain in the animal care industry. This course allows you to improve your animal experience and confidence through practical work with reptiles, mammals, birds and paddock animals in the animal centre facilities.
This 40 week course will enable you to be a Qualified Professional Dog Groomer, recognised by the Industry.
You will gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a professional Dog Groomer. You could be a self-employer, work for a business or franchise, it could be based in a salon or a mobile unit.
A 20 day course that provides an introduction to dog grooming for those who are well-motivated, passionate about dogs and keen to start out in the industry and progress to higher level qualifications. You'll thrive in the busy atmosphere of the commercial grooming parlour, Distinguished Dogs, which has an excellent reputation and produces award winning groomers.
The one year, full time, City and Guilds Level 2 course is an ideal starting point if you are new to Animal Care or have a basic knowledge of keeping animals and want to expand your skills. Whilst studying at Brinsbury, you will get the opportunity to work in the fantastic Animal Centre, which is home to an array of different animals ranging from reptiles, livestock, birds, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates.
The one year, full time, Laser Level 2 course is an ideal bridge between a L1 and L2 technical qualification and offers learners the opportunity to develop desirable work-based skills required for work in the Animal Care industry. The Laser course focuses on teaching students the practical skills required to care for animals and teaches students how to seek employment opportunities within the sector by developing their animal husbandry and work-based skills.
Blacksmithing & Farrier
This 34 week level 2 course is designed to give you the fundamentals you need to become employable and prepare you for the level 3 course, (which in turn will prepare you to become self-employable). You will learn the fundamentals of forgework, (including metallurgy), welding, thermal cutting processes, freehand drawing, and technical drawing.
The course entails you making a set of tools, which you then use to create a multi-component piece, (for example a hanging basket bracket). You will learn welding and thermal cutting techniques, which can be used either within Blacksmithing or fabrication-welding, if you were to decide to follow that career path instead. Finally, you will be taught the fundamentals of both freehand and technical drawing techniques, which again are applicable to the design aspect of Blacksmithing or could be taken and developed to follow a career path as an illustrator.
This 34 week course is designed to prepare you for an apprenticeship in Farriery. You will learn the basics of forgework, (including metallurgy), horse biology and horse handling, along with welding, thermal cutting processes, freehand drawing, and technical drawing.
This means you will gain experience in the Forge, using traditional equipment such as the hearth fire, anvil, and hammers to create your own tool set, tailored to becoming a Farrier. Some of this tool set will then be used to make a multi-component piece, (such as a hanging basket bracket), to show your range of skills and your ability to apply them.
You will also get some experience in the equine yard, studying horses and learning how to properly handle them, essential skills when operating as a Farrier.
The course is the natural progression from Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. There is delivery of additional advanced forging techniques to further your skills in the welding processes, sheet metal, and fine metalwork. There are a number of individual projects that are self-directed, working towards final pieces for assessment. You will be expected to study independently, conducting research and keep a technical journal throughout the course. The course is designed to help you develop your skills to allow you have the broadest choice of progression when you graduate.
This one year course offers an unmissable opportunity to explore and develop a wide range of equine subjects. The course offers different activities including related visits, guest speakers and demonstrations. The achievement of this course will open up opportunities to level 3 and a range of employment. The enrichment, along with the variety of units, helps to prepare students for employment within the equine industry. Students are also offered guidance to train and take BHS exams as Brinsbury equine Centre is an approved BHS 'where to train' and exam centre.
This 2 year course is mainly practical, with lots of opportunities for 'hands-on' experience. The units taught will help with learning skills in horse care. There is also an opportunity to visit specialist equine facilities, as well as developing your own equine project.
This 2 year course offers an excellent opportunity to explore and develop a wide range of equine subjects. The course offers different activities including related visits, guest speakers and demonstrations. The enrichment, along with the variety of units, helps to prepare students for employment within the equine industry or higher education. Students are also offered guidance to train and take BHS exams as Brinsbury equine Centre is an approved BHS 'where to train' and exam centre.
Horticulture, Forestry & Arboriculture
This 34 week course is a practical introduction into the Horticulture industry as well as Landscaping, Arboriculture and maintenance. It offers the opportunity to develop your skills in a variety of practical elements that can be used across different outdoor careers, allowing you to decide and choose a pathway that suits your skills. You will learn fundamental skills through live project work and estate maintenance on the stunning Brinsbury College campus.
This practical and theory-based qualification equips learners with the fundamental and practical skills and knowledge to start a professional horticulture career or develop a personal interest/passion within Horticulture
The Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills, can lead to a variety of pathways or jobs, including work as a hands-on gardener, Horticulture therapist, conservation, or sustainability worker right through to a research scientist. These skills can offer potential for careers all over the world.
The range of skills that will be developed can include:
- Plant science
- Soil science
- Tool and Machinery skills and maintenance
- Propagation and planting
- Horticulture production
- How to prepare a site for a range of landscape installations
- Paving with a range of materials
- Construction of paths and steps
- Tree planting and staking
- Ground preparation for planting
- Basic pruning
- Landscape plant selection and identification
- Planting aftercare
This qualification is designed for those that wish to work within the Horticulture industry or have a passion for Horticulture. The course provides you with a breadth of technical and practical skills, supported with the knowledge and understanding of Horticulture techniques, plant science and practical skills. All of which will equip you to transition into a range of employment opportunities, or onto further learning and training within the horticultural industry.
This qualification delivers these units and modules:
- plant and soil science
- plant identification
- the safe use of equipment and machinery
- pests and diseases
- plant health
- maintaining trees and shrubs
- Horticulture business skills
- Horticulture production
This course is for those that have a have a keen interest in trees and the natural world and also enjoys a challenge at heights! The Level 3 90 credit Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture will provide you with the skills of how to manage, cultivate and care for trees, woodland and shrubs.
At Brinsbury, arboriculture students have access to an exciting range of specialist equipment and machinery at the College. With over 500 Acres of estate including woodland and copses, the estate provides the perfect location to learn, practice and master your skills.
If you have an interest or passion in working in the forest/woodlands and trees industry, the Level 2 Technical Certificate is delivered by an ‘Outstanding’ Arboricultural team that are industry and sector experts. The skills that you develop during this course offers opportunity for progression onto Level 3 pathway or will equip you with the skills, behaviours, and knowledge to be well prepared for employment.
With 500+ acres on our beautiful estate, we have many woodlands and copses that you will be learning in and maintaining/managing. With opportunities to expand your knowledge with your own work experience placements, the aim is to prepare you for your next step, whether on Level 3 or into the industry.
Units and topics covered:
• Working in a forestry or arboricultural related business
• Health and Safety for the land-based industries
• Tools and equipment
• Environment and conservation
• Introduction to plant and soil science, pests, diseases, and disorders
• Tree classification and identification
• Tree establishment and aftercare
• Tree and woodland management
• Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting
• Small Tree Felling
Furniture, Upholstery and Soft Furnishings
In this one year full time course you will develop your knowledge, practical skills and experience to achieve an exemplary standard of craftsmanship. You will plan and manage your own projects, from design concept through to production, with a focus on commercial viability, and in a workshop environment that has been designed to emulate industry as closely as possible. You will achieve the ability to plan and manage a small production project in teams. A core component of the course involves building complex jigs and advanced construction techniques.
Level one furniture making is about laying the foundations for a successful career in the furniture industry. Fundamental hand tool skills and tool maintenance are taught, that form the basis of everything furniture makers do - skills that will help you into employment, skills that can be built on over a lifetime and skills that can be transferred to other areas of manufacturing.
By getting hands on with timber, students learn all about its inherent qualities and how it responds to our tools, an essential part of becoming a safe and productive woodworker.
You will develop your skills and experience with machine made furniture. You are taught to use different types of machines to process timber and shape components out of wood and focus on building items of furniture using commercial methods to prepare you for a career in the industry.
You will learn how to use a range of classical machinery and techniques and new CNC technology. You will work on several design-and-make projects involving a range of learning activities. The first project involves producing a bench hook using portable power tools. Next, you will complete a set project, which is a coffee table, and then you will apply your learned skills to complete two portfolio pieces, which you can design and present.
The course is an immersive experience and develops your abilities to plan, problem solve, design, produce and manufacturer. As your experience with the machinery grows throughout the year you will produce a final centre devised assessment piece.
You will be introduced to the necessary technical skills required by those interested in the modern upholstery sector and provide you with the knowledge and skills to prepare and produce items of modern upholstery.
You will prepare a frame and apply webbing and foams to form the shape. You will also position and secure upholstery covers, develop your hand-cutting skills and learn how to position and secure trimmings.
During this course you will develop and perfect your hand and machine sewing skills to produce a range of soft furnishing items enabling you to develop a career within this industry. This includes:
- Curtains and blinds
- A portfolio of samples.
Throughout your time on the course you will start with developing samples and, as your skills evolve, you will produce more complex furnishings.
The aim of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to prepare and produce items of traditional upholstery. You will prepare a frame and apply webbing, springs and filling materials to form the shape, position and secure upholstery covers, develop your hand-cutting skills, and position and secure trimmings and finishing.
The course develops your skills in relation to deep buttoning and building foundation by hand. This is a practical focused course for a very traditional craft. Learning the skills will keep the craft open for future generations and you may seek to take what you learn and set up your own business working with traditional upholstery.
If you are a home student (see below) and are under 19 at the beginning of your course, you do not have to pay course or exam fees for the majority of courses (see exceptions below). However, if you have to re-sit any exams you will be required to pay the exam fee.
You may be required to pay a Resources Fee for items such as materials, visits, uniform, books or equipment. Check the ‘COSTS/EQUIPMENT’ section of the course information page. You will also be told about this when you come to college for your interview.
The following are examples of the types of courses which are not free to students who are under 19 years:
- short courses e.g. 1 day management courses, rural short courses, etc.
- leisure courses e.g. creative crafts, language classes etc.
- higher education courses e.g. HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees, etc.
- professional qualifications, e.g. AAT, ILEX, CIMA, CLC etc.
Please ring the Student Records and Funding team on 01293 442353 if you would like more information on the fees for a particular course.