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Start Date:Duration:Level:Study mode:Course location:Course Type:
28/11/20201 Year2Full-TimeKirkley Hall CampusFull-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is for anyone who would like an introduction to the career opportunities in agriculture. It is a practical based program covering a range of units intended for those who have an interest in farming and working outdoors. Students will gain a wide range of practical skills and knowledge with the opportunity to develop these working on the college farms.

During the programme you will gain practical skills and knowledge around farming and the agriculture industry, including machinery operation, crop husbandry, animal production, estate maintenance.You will also have opportunities to complete masterclasses in Safe use of farm vehicles and Safe Use of veterinary medicines. You will gain practical work experience with a work placement allowing you to participate in the world of work and gain practical experience that is relevant to both the qualification and future employment possibilities. The programme also includes maths and English (see below) and a certain amount of self-study. This will help you become more independent and prepare you for employment in the sector, a further level three course or an apprenticeship.

You will need 3 or more GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or higher. Preferable one grade 4(C) in either English, maths or science or a level one qualification and the ability to work at level one in maths and English.

Study levelCostAdditional fees
16-18FREEYou will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips, visits and skills competitions.
19+1465.00 *subject to changeYou will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips, visits and skills competitions.

You will be guided and monitored throughout your study programme and assessed to ensure that you are ready for online tests in health and safety and agricultural subject areas covered. You will undertake a synoptic assessment that will assess your skills and knowledge over the whole spectrum of the course. Evidence of 150 hours work experience placement will also be completed.

During the programme you will gain practical skills and knowledge around Farming and the Agriculture industry, including Machinery operation, Crop husbandry, Animal production, Estate maintenance. You will also have opportunities to complete masterclasses in Safe use of farm vehicles and Safe Use of veterinary medicines. You will gain practical work experience with a work placement allowing you to participate in the world of work and gain practical experience that is relevant to both the qualification and future employment possibilities. The programme also includes Maths and English (see below) and a certain amount of self-study. This will help you become more independent and prepare you for employment in the sector, a further level three course or an apprenticeship.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

This course is full time for one year taking place three days per week, occasionally four days if you require maths and/or English qualifications.

This level 2 technical certificate in Agriculture is for students over 16 years old who a keen to learn and work in the farming sector. During the programme you will gain practical skills and knowledge around farming and the agriculture industry, including machinery operation, crop husbandry, animal production, estate maintenance. You will also have opportunities to complete masterclasses in safe use of farm vehicles and safe use of veterinary medicines.

You will gain practical work experience with a work placement allowing you to participate in the world of work and gain practical experience that is relevant to both the qualification and future employment possibilities. The programme also includes maths and English (see below) and a certain amount of self-study. This will help you become more independent and prepare you for a career in the sector, a further level three course or an apprenticeship.

Agricultural power units and machinery operation - Use and maintain power units and agricultural machinery. Types of machinery can include tractors, telescopic handlers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) with the opportunity to drive and operate agricultural machinery, hitch and unhitch attachments.

Crop husbandry - Explore and understand how agricultural crops are grown from seed to maturity and the factors that influence the wide variety of agricultural crop production in the UK today. Opportunity to analyse soil samples to help ensure crop health and sustainability.

Farm animal production - Understand the requirements for the farming of agricultural animals. Explore the variety of animals and breeds that can be farmed successfully in the UK. Experience caring for animals on a day to day basis and how this is influenced by the farming year and local environmental considerations of animals farmed in the UK today.

Farm estate maintenance - Develop the skills used to maintain elements of the farm and estate environment including boundaries and structures. Keeping a farm estate well maintained ensuring the wellbeing and safety of both livestock and farm workers. Work practically with equipment to fix things that are broken, problem solve and make a real difference to how the environment of a farm estate looks and operates.

Physiology of plants and animals - Investigate the physiology of plants and animals found in agricultural settings. Understand the importance of how plants and animals ‘work’, to ensure they are kept healthy and are given the environment and conditions.

Working in the Agriculture industry – Know the structure of the agriculture industry, know employment rights and responsibilities and understanding the organisation of business.

Health and safety for the land-based industries – Understand the impact legislation has on land-based industries, understanding risk assessment requirements and safe working practices when working in land-based industries.

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