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Stockperson (beef, pigs, sheep, dairy) Apprenticeship (Level 2)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


1 year


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Course Overview

The key role for a Stockperson is to raise the animals with optimal welfare and consideration for their needs throughout the different stages of their life. This is practical work involving a combination of technology and manual labour. Being a stockperson requires compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work in a team and independently. A stockperson will be responsible for their own work but, will have close supervision. As animal welfare is a priority on farm, key to being a good stockperson is understanding your limits and knowing when to ask for help.Working with live animals presents a range of challenges to overcome and ensures no two days will be the same. This standard follows a ‘core and options’ approach. The core covers the generic requirements for looking after animals competently and the sector options provide more specific needs for different livestock. One option will be taken in addition to the core skills to complete this apprenticeship, which provides a solid foundation for a range of progression opportunities within the industry.

cow eating with student in the background
cow eating with student in the background

What will I learn?

The apprenticeship is a good way for apprentices to learn the necessary skills required to work in a range of agricultural and land-based sectors. The Level 3 apprenticeship is a practically based course covering a wide range of topics and tasks which will prepare the learner for employment in several job roles including; assistant farm manager, arable foreman, herdsperson, hatchery manager or farm secretary.

The Stockperson apprenticeship will also support you in developing the skills required to effectively promote and maintain health, safety and security both personally and across the site including correct first aid responses. Use appropriate technology to support your role and keep accurate records relevant to job role and prepare and operate machinery and other equipment for safe and efficient use.

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 18 months on-programme working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. The End Point Assessment (EPA) will only start once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard, the pre-requisite gateway requirements for EPA have been met and that they can be evidenced to an End Point Assesor.

As a gateway requirement and prior to taking the EPA, apprentices must complete all approved qualifications mandated in the standard:

Emergency first aid at work (level 3)
Safe use of Pesticides (level 2)
Additional safe use of Pesticides in Boom Sprayer, Mounted, trailer or Self-propelled equipment OR Granular applicator equipment OR Handheld applicator equipment (level 2)

All pre-requisites for EPA assessment methods must also be complete and available for the assessor as necessary. Apprentices without English and mathematics at level 1 must achieve level 1 English and mathematics and take the tests for level 2 prior to taking their EPA.

The EPA must be completed within six month(s), after the apprentice has met the EPA gateway requirements. Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade. The EPA consists of three distinct assessment methods, which will be graded independently and then combined for the final grade.

The grading for each element of the assessment (online, practical demonstration and professional discussion) will be a Pass, Merit or Distinction (see individual sections for relevant criteria) and each element holds equal weighting. These individual assessment grades will then be used to determine the overall grade as described below.

For the apprentice to achieve an overall grade of:

Pass: the apprentice must achieve a minimum of three passes
Merit: the apprentice must achieve a minimum of two merits and one pass
Distinction: the apprentice must achieve a minimum of two distinctions and one merit

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

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