Agriculture

Introduction

Course Title: Advanced Apprenticeship in Agriculture (Mixed Farming)
Course Code: AG087

Department: Agriculture
Course Type: Apprenticeship



If you like working outside and your strengths are more practical-based, an Agricultural Apprenticeship could be for you. Each workplace is different so you may be working with different breeds of cattle, sheep or pigs, or carrying out a variety of tractor tasks depending on your job. Your college day is split between theory and practical and you will learn about how and why farming works in certain ways. This is real work where you will learn teamwork in the food production industry of this country. At the advanced level this course provides the knowledge and skills needed by the modern farm worker who may be aspiring to take supervisory responsibility. Your progress will be regularly monitored and practical skills will be assessed in the workplace. Your knowledge is tested and you will be expected to update your electronic portfolio.

Overview

Qualification

Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Agriculture

Course Content

Livestock production: breeding, parturition, raising young stock, feeding, housing, production systems, grassland management, health and waste management
Crop production: crop husbandry, cultivation, growth, harvesting and storage and unwanted vegetation
Mechanisation: Getting the most out of modern farm machinery
Keeping the necessary records and meeting legislative requirements.

English and maths skills will be developed based on your diagnostic assessment and the requirement of the apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Agriculture OR Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture and 1 year full time industry experience. English language and maths GCSE Grade C/4 OR Level 1 Functional Skills and be willing to achieve Level 2 English and maths Functional Skills. If you have no formal qualifications, 3 years full time industry experience plus Level 2 Agricultural Tractor Driving i.e. related operations (Tractor Driving Competency) and be willing and able to achieve Level 2 English and maths Functional Skills.

Next Steps

BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science FdSc Para-Veterinary Science Part-time agriculture courses

Career Opportunities

Farmer Herdsperson Herd manager Farm worker (livestock or crops) Unit supervisor Farm secretary Farm manager