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Farm Mechanisation (Level 3)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based

28/08/2020

1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview


One of the UK’s biggest sectors, the agriculture industry and its technology are always moving forward. Stay on the cutting edge at our Lackham campus, where you will make full use of industry-standard facilities and machinery to learn about the latest agri-technology techniques. Our working farms and 1600 acre estate make the perfect classroom for practical learning, giving you industry experience as a routine part of your course, undertaking essential farm duties alongside hands-on learning and practising on the latest vehicles and equipment. This A-Level equivalent qualification will provide you with the specialist technical and practical skills needed to go straight into employment or onto further study, supported by detailed knowledge and understanding of the wider agricultural industry.


land based machinery
student working with land based equipment
male land based student sat in tractor wheel
male land based engineering student with equipment
male land based engineering student with equipment
male land based engineering student with equipment
land based machinery
student working with land based equipment
male land based student sat in tractor wheel
male land based engineering student with equipment
male land based engineering student with equipment
male land based engineering student with equipment

What will I learn?


You’ll gain a detailed understanding of agricultural processes, as well as the skills to progress in the industry. Understanding livestock and crop production, machinery operations and estate skills are all central to working in agriculture, but the course is also designed to prepare you to run a successful agricultural enterprise, equipping you with crucial business and management skills. A key part of the learning experience is undertaking challenging and engaging investigative projects, which could include ploughing ahead of the farms maize crop, or grass and maize forage harvesting operations. Routine duties at the farm will enhance your employability, industry understanding, teamwork and confidence, preparing you to meet the challenges of working in the ever-developing farming sector.

Entry Requirements


4 GCSEs grade A*-C including Maths, English and Science or equivalent.

A ‘Merit’ or higher for those progressing from a relevant Level 2 Diploma programme.

Reference

Interview

Study, Assessment and Qualifications


City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture (Farm Mechanisation) (1080).

An Industry Placement is a fundamental part of this course. An Industry Placement 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.

Written, practical and industry-based assessments

Additional Costs and Information


You will be expected to supply your own protective boots and overalls, writing equipment, clipboard and calculator.
There are often opportunities to broaden your experience, qualifications and ultimately employability through optional extra certifications at preferential prices. These include certificates of competence such as PA units, telehandler, welding and chainsaw operation.




Visits are an integral part of this course along with many other major industry events: you may be expected to contribute towards any transport and entrance fees.

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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