What will I learn?
In the first year you’ll develop practical knowledge and techniques so that in the second year you’ll be ready to concentrate on enterprise management and specialise with optional livestock and arable units.
The course includes two work placements of three weeks each – giving you real industry experience and the opportunity to put your skills learnt on the College farm, dairy, sheep and pig units into practice. Visits to businesses and events will provide an in-depth view of national and international agriculture and you’ll also get involved in busy College events such as Countryside Day which is great fun and the ideal opportunity to develop vital communication and customer facing skills.
• Agricultural business management and diversification
• Machinery management, operation and maintenance
• Workshop practice, for example welding
• Agricultural livestock production, science and management – dairy, beef, sheep and pigs
• Agricultural crop, forage and grassland management
• Plant and soil science
• Environmental sustainability
• Estate skills
• Farm duties
Five GCSEs including Science, with Maths and English at grade C/4 or Level 2 in Agriculture at Merit level with English and Maths at Level 2 or GCSE grade C/4
What can I study next?
• A degree in Agriculture Land Use
• Level 3 or 4 qualifications in work-based agriculture.
• Farm manager or assistant farm manager
• Industries such as agronomy, nutrition consultancy, contract farming, grain merchandise, machinery dealing, feed sales, supply trade
• Livestock or arable unit manager
• Head tractor driver
• Head stock-person working with cattle, sheep or pigs
Optional additional qualifications
- NPTC Operation of Rough Terrain Lift Trucks
- NPTC All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
- NPTC Stockmanship
- NPTC Transport of Animals
- NPTC Pesticide Spray Application
- NPTC Tractor Driving