A ‘hands-on’ programme which provides the foundation of knowledge and practical skills needed for work in the changing world of agriculture. It incorporates essential work experience to help you progress to employment or further study.
A balance between practical and theory sessions, gives you a real insight into the everyday work within industry and here on the College farm. As well as this, there are duties where you become a member of the farm team and work with them to complete a multitude of tasks be it dairy, sheep, arable or estate work. We also go on trips and visits as well as having guest speakers who keep you up-to-date with industry changes. A work experience day is built into the course to further enhance your employability skills. 70% of the jobs in the agricultural industry involve science, engineering or technology, everything from GPS, to drones and even robots. If you’re ambitious, there is real scope to progress in this industry. This exciting and ever-changing industry needs talented, flexible people who are ready to take on a challenge. Every day is likely to be different and we need people that can problem solve and take on whatever is thrown their way.
Topics you will cover include:
Health & Safety for the Land-based Industries
Agricultural Power Unit & Machinery Operation
Farm Animal Production
Farm Estate Maintenance
Physiology of Plants & Animals
All full-time students are required to study maths and English at the appropriate level.
City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Agriculture
You should have an interest in agriculture and be at least 16 years of age at the beginning of the course and ideally have one of the following:
Four GCSE passes at grade 2/3 or above (including maths and English) or a BTEC Level 1 qualification and equivalent maths and English
Level 1 Land-Based Diploma
Progression routes shown are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Agriculture
Employment options may include:
General Farm Worker
Assistant shepherd or shepherdess
Agricultural Machinery Operator
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Please note that any costs shown here are subject to change and that there may be additional material costs for your course. There are various bursaries available to support eligible students with course-related costs.
Aged 16-18 years There are no tuition or examination fees
Aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) Tuition Fee £945 | Registration/Exam Fee £160
There is a £180 material fee cost for this course.