Berkshire College of Agriculture
|Berkshire College of Agriculture|
Berkshire College of Agriculture is a further education agricultural college based at Hall Place in Burchetts Green at Hurley, near Maidenhead, in Berkshire. It was formed in 1949 as the Berkshire Institute of Agriculture.
The college was built to provide a training centre for agricultural workers, and has expanded greatly to offer work with animals and construction.
The following courses are available (as of 2008): Animal care and management, Child care, Construction (including bricklaying, painting and decorating), Equestrian, Floristry, Health studies and social care, Horticulture and land management, Mechanics, Public services, Pathways (a course dedicated to students with disabilities) and Sports.
As well as theses there are also numerous part-time courses which spin off from these courses. Currently there are approximately 800 full-time and 1500 part-time students.
The college is located on 450 acres (180 ha) of farm land. Each subject has dedicated facilities, including purpose-built buildings for animal management students, which house many species of live animals which students are encouraged to care for as part of their course. Other facilities include fully equipped Construction and Motor Vehicle workshops, Horticutural Science blocks, dedicated Floristry workshops, a large fully equipped Learning Centre and a day nursery (owned privately by Busy Bees but has student training area incorporated and also take students on placement). Equestrian students have both an indoor and outdoor arena, stables, horse walker, 2 BE courses and stabling for over 50 horses. Horticulture and Countryside Management students utilise the 450 acres (180 ha) worth of outdoor classroom space and gain valuable experience by working in this environment.
As well as this there is residential accommodation for over 70 students and other facilities for students to use, including a well-equipped gym, sports hall, chill out areas and bar.
As this is a further education college, there is no legal catchment area, but due to the college's rural location, an extensive bus service is run to many towns and villages including Amersham, Beaconsfield, Bushey, Bracknell, Camberley, The Chalfonts, Gerrards Cross, Great Missenden, Henley, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Reading, Rickmansworth, Slough, Thame, Uxbridge, Wallingford, Windsor, Watford and Wokingham.
- "The History of Hall Place". bca.ac.uk. Retrieved 2008-03-09.
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