Animal Welfare Centre
Our Animal welfare centre houses over 100 species of common and exotic mammals such as sugar gliders, birds, cold water and tropical fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles.
The animal accommodation includes specialist housing such as a cattery, aviaries, reptile room and paddocks that contain the large mammals such as Kune Kune pigs, a llama, alpaca, Bennett’s wallaby and rhea.
The college is currently a member of the Pet Care Trust, holds a Pet Shop licence and is in the process of applying for a Dangerous Wild Animal licence so that the range of species kept can be increased. Best practice in all aspects of animal husbandry is promoted at all times at the centre, which is run to commercial standards so that students develop a deeper understanding of the industry they wish to enter.
All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.
The food studies area benefits from the use of two purpose built fully equipped kitchens. Each kitchen has a number of individual work stations to allow learners to work as independently as possible. Both kitchens have fully accessible adjustable height worktops for learners with physical disabilities.
The established and abundant facilities at our Equestrian Centre include a 60 x 40-metre covered riding area with spectator seating, changing facilities, clothing shop, judges’ area and stabling for 60 horses.
The centre is approved by the British Horse Society as a training and examination centre and also has two outdoor arenas (one 60 x 25 metres and one 40 x 20 metres), a cross-country course and a schooling field for novice horses and riders that contains pre-novice and novice fences and exercise paddocks. A variety of hacking routes can be found throughout the college estate.
Due to the facilities on offer, the centre is used by Great Britain’s Vaulting team for their weekly training sessions (which students have the chance to attend) while affiliated dressage (British Dressage) and show jumping (British Show Jumping Association) competitions and unaffiliated events are hosted. The facilities are also home to the established college Dressage Academy, and lectures, demonstrations, masterclasses and events also take place regularly, which students help to organise and manage.
The Equestrian Centre at Moulton College has its own dedicated site that holds all event details and the subsequent results. You can access this site by clicking here.
Here at the College we currently farm 509 hectares, including 64 hectares of rented land under various tenancy agreements.
All land is farmed commercially and subject to the normal market forces of the agricultural industry. It is also used extensively for teaching purposes to support our aim of providing high quality, practical education and training with a commercial focus. Crops grown include winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, malting barley, short and long-term leys and stubble turnips for autumn sheep-keep.
Livestock enterprises include a sheep flock of 900 North Country Mule and Lleyn ewes put to Charolais, Suffolk, Texel and Meatlinc rams. The farm is also in the process of establishing a Pedigree Suckler Cow enterprise based on the Stabiliser and Continental breeds with the aim of providing breeding and finishing stock for local markets.
The focus of the Arable Unit is to develop knowledge and skills in the use of high tech such as GPS and precision farming. Farm activities are coordinated by the Deputy Principal and Farm Manager who meet regularly to discuss operational matters and to formulate proposals for discussion by the Senior Leadership Team.
The college campus and estate includes a range of landscaped areas, specialist gardens and extensive lawns, all appropriately stocked to meet course needs and including annual bedding, herbaceous plants, shrubs and conifers.
Our 2.5-hectare arboretum, planted over the past 15 years, provides a range of interesting and unusual specimen trees that complement the existing mature trees already found on the estate.
Extensive glass houses are used for practical activities such as propagation and production of plants; the 4-hectare plant nursery uses polythene tunnels to produce bedding, herbaceous and potted plants; demonstration areas are available; and our on-site garden centre sells stock produced by students alongside bought-in plants, tools and equipment.
Horticulture students also become involved in maintaining our ten hectares of sports fields, including a golf green, and football and rugby pitches.
Independent Living Facilities
Our Supported Learning courses, based at Pitsford, provide a suitable programme of study and support for entry-level students and learners with learning difficulties and disabilities. Students work towards Preparing for Adulthood and build a portfolio of work on an array of life skill topics.
The courses utilise a wide range of the college’s facilities, including the estate, animal welfare unit, equestrian centre, sports facilities, construction workshops and horticultural facilities such as the allotments and potting sheds.
Students also make use of our well-resourced independent living area, two fully equipped kitchens and dedicated high quality teaching and learning rooms.
Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks. A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience.
Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods.
We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area. Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.
Learning Resource Centres
The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, and the East Northants vocational skills academy. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.
Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.
Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.
For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.
The expanding outdoor unit holds goats, wallabies, alpacas, llama, Kune Kune pigs and rhea. The Kune Kune pigs are a rare breed from New Zealand and provide handling and student interaction, as they love the company of people. The llama, at over 6ft tall encourages students to respect large animals and overcome their fear of those which are more intimidating. The South American rhea, related to the ostrich, reaches 5ft tall and along with the Bennetts wallabies provide further exotic species for students to work with. We have a number of different goat breeds which helps to illustrate the difference between those used for fibre, milk and food production.