One of the UK’s largest sectors, agriculture is moving forward and modernising at a rapid rate. Based on our specialist Lackham campus, this course enables you to study at the cutting-edge of the farming industry, making full use of industry-standard facilities and machinery, and learning the latest agri-technology techniques. Our working farms and 800-acre estate make the perfect classroom for practical learning, providing you with industry experience as a routine part of your course, and enabling you to undertake essential farm duties and practice on the latest vehicles and equipment. Equivalent to A-Levels, the course will give you the specialist technical and practical skills you need to go straight into employment or progress on to further study, supported by detailed knowledge of the wider agricultural industry.
What will I learn?
You’ll gain a thorough understanding of fundamental agricultural processes such as livestock and crop production, machinery operations and estate skills. The course is also designed to prepare you to run a successful agricultural enterprise and will equip you with crucial business and management skills.
A key part of the learning experience is to undertake challenging and engaging investigative projects, which could include ploughing ahead of the farm’s maize crop, or grass and maize forage harvesting operations. You will also undertake routine farm duties, enhancing your employability, industry understanding, teamwork and confidence, and preparing you to meet the challenges of working in the ever-developing farming sector.
During the course there are opportunities to obtain additional certifications which you will be able to gain at preferential prices. These include certificates of competence such as PA units, telehandler, welding and chainsaw operation.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
You will be assessed through a combination of written, practical and industry-based assessments.
An industry placement is a fundamental part of the course and gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience for your future. You will be supported throughout your placement by our dedicated Work Placement Team.
The final accredited qualification is a City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture (Farm Mechanisation).
• 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English, maths and science (or equivalent).
• A positive and responsible attitude towards working within the agricultural industry.
• An interview, if required.
Additional Costs and Information
You will be expected to supply your own protective boots and overalls, writing equipment, clipboard and calculator. Protective clothing must be worn during all practical sessions and is available to purchase from the online College shop.
External visits and major industry events are an integral and valuable part of this course and may require you to contribute towards transport and entrance fee costs.
What Could I Do Next?
After successfully completing this course you could progress on to further study such as the Level 3 Land-based Engineering, or HNC or HND in Agriculture (General) programmes at the College, or a Foundation Degree in Agriculture.