There is a clear link between STEM – Science Technology, Engineering and Maths – and land-based education. From developing new energy sources and developing new high yield crops, to protecting rare species of animals, these skills are essential. In fact, it might be a surprise to people just how many different careers within the land-based sector require STEM skills. Kingston Maurward College offers a wide range of courses which teaches the STEM curriculum and can help young people secure jobs in these fields. There are jobs to suit all skill levels in a range of different environments from vets using ultrasound technology to diagnose pregnancies to precision farming using GPS satellite driven combine harvesters. We have an excellent reputation for teaching these STEM skills within agriculture, animal conservation and welfare, marine ecology and horticulture. However, you may not know that we also offer construction and sports and fitness diplomas or that we teach up to the highest level of the Association of Accounting Technician’s (AAT) Accountancy qualifications. STEM skills currently integrated within the Kingston Maurward College curriculum:
• Plant pathology • Pests & diseases • Food & meat science (butchery) • Plant physiology • Soil science • Human physiology • Structure of plants, • Genetics • Artificial Insemination • Dissection • Anatomy and physiology (human and animal)
• Heat analysis of disease, • Environmental monitoring • Precision farming (GPS) • Use of drones • Ultrasonics • Web design
• Performing Engineering Operations – Welding & Forgework • Construction
• Farm business planning • Accountancy • Orienteering • Computer Aided Design (CAD) 2D and 3D Kingston
Maurward College has two state of the art laboratories within the Learning Resources Centre which support learning in anatomy & physiology, nutrition, microbiology, genetics, soil analysis and botany. Students may find themselves analysing plant DNA, investigating the welfare of supermarket chickens or viewing the life in a drop of lake water through high-powered microscopes. The laboratories are modern flexible spaces, supported by qualified staff where students can work in small groups or individuals on student research projects.