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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Agriculture (Level 2)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


1.5 years


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Course Overview

Not only do farmers feed the nation, but they have the important job of managing the land and environment for sustainable development. And an apprenticeship in Agriculture is not just about muddy wellies and long hours outside: there are a huge range of opportunities for those working on livestock or arable farms, from rural hill farms to mechanised crop growing businesses. As a level 2 apprentice, you could work in a variety of roles, from an assistant stockman to a livestock technician. Your experience in the workplace will be enriched by hands-on learning at our Lackham campus, where working commercial farms and a 1600 acre estate are your classroom. College enterprises include beef, dairy, arable, pigs, sheep and more: you’ll tailor your learning to suit your own goals and ambitions.

students and lecturer working on a harvester
male agriculture students with sheep
students and lecturer working on a harvester
male agriculture students with sheep

What will I learn?

Your learning will prepare you for a range of roles in one of the UK’s most dynamic, expanding sectors. Core units will give you a grounding in health and safety, working with others, developing your personal performance and biosecurity. However, with optional units your time in college will hone the skills you wish to develop, and reflect your personal interests. You will study according to your chosen pathway, whether this is crop, livestock or poultry production, or mixed farming. You may be learning how to prepare feed and water supplies for livestock, grow young birds, prepare and deliver basic treatments to livestock, harvest using equipment and transport crops.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade E in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.

A Level 1 or another Level 2 qualification in Agriculture or other Land-based related subjects could be an advantage.

You need to be 16 years old or over to take this qualification.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Full time apprentices will typically spend 12 months on-programme working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.

You will take an End Point Assessment (EPA) once your employer is satisfied that you is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard.

Assessment is by written, practical and industry-based assignments.

Additional Costs and Information

An Intermediate apprenticeship in Agriculture will usually take 18 months to complete.

You will attend college for one day per week during term time as part of your training.

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based

Career Opportunities

  • Stock Person
  • Dairy Person
  • Zookeeper

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Groom
  • Tree Surgeon

Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world

There are around 3,000 different types of mushrooms and toadstools in the UK of which 14 species are classed as deadly

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