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Stepping Stone and Level 2

We offer Level 2 Stepping Stone or full level 2 in Animal Care or Horticulture. After a year of study at Level 1, many of our students progress onto Level 2. This can be either in the mainstream section of the college or within the Foundation section. However, for those students who are not quite ready, we are able to offer a unique opportunity to study on our Stepping Stone Programme.

Your Qualification

You will study for a minimum of 3 days per week. Students are able to broaden their existing vocational skills from Level 1, develop their ability to study independently, explore career routes within the industry, boost their confidence and much more before they move onto a higher a more demanding level of study.

On completion of a Level 2 Stepping Stone in Animal Care or Horticulture you will be awarded a L2 Certificate in Landbased Studies from either City and Guilds or the Open College Network.

On completion of a full Level 2, you will be awarded either a Level 2 Diploma in Landbased Studies from City and Guilds or a Level 2 Diploma in Landbased Studies from the Open College Network.

Employability and Development

You will undertake 75 – 150 hours of work experience in a setting that’s relevant to your qualification.


English and maths

If you have not yet achieved a level 4 in English and maths you will continue to study towards these qualifications.

Entry Requirements

A Level 1 qualification in a relevant subject or Grades 2-3 at GCSE.  We will assess you to direct you to most appropriate level of study.


A full Level 2 or Level 3 course within the college.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277