Nearly 300 Year 10 students from schools across Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire have spent the day at Sparsholt College as Further Education students exploring the possible courses available to them once they leave school next August.  The College created a series of bespoke taster days for the students to provide a flavour of studying their chosen subjects at this higher level.

This year students from Alton, Basingstoke, Newbury, Southampton, Stockbridge, Tadley, Thatcham, Waterlooville and Winchester attended the event.

From the College’s huge range of specialist courses associated with the land and environment, the 14 and 15 year olds each chose a one or two-hour workshop.  Tim Jackson, Sparsholt College Principal explains: “Making the change from secondary school to studying at Further Education level is a very exciting element of these students’ development. We are keen to encourage young people to follow their passion, to experience the subjects they could study once they attend college, meet our expert teaching staff, experience the industry standard facilities and get a sense of the fantastic life here on the campus.”

Among a number of hands-on exciting sessions students explored the importance and science of soil and handled baby piglets. Would-be forestry and arboriculture students tried out their tree climbing skills and the entire campus played host to those on the Conservation, Countryside and Environment taster as they surveyed, observed and identified the many wildlife species and habitats on site.  The next generation of Gamekeepers enjoyed a practical session in the College shooting range and in the Ofsted rated Outstanding Equine and Animal Management Centres (AMC) students got to meet horses, watch jumping demonstrations and experience a lesson in grooming.  Finally Motor Vehicle students tried their hand at some basic metal work and welding – each taking home a made memento of the day.

The College’s multi-million pounds sports facilities played host to students on the Outdoor Education and Public Service taster where they got to tackle the impressive climbing wall the Sports department put everyone through their paces with fitness testing.

For further information on the range of full time courses available at the college please visit http://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/level-of-study/full-time/   or call 01962 776441.