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Higher Apprenticeship in Agriculture

Programme Description



A Higher Apprenticeship is a work based learning programme at Level 4 where the learner is "earing while learning".  The Agricultural Management pathway is appropriate for unit managers who have responsibility for the management of a particular enterprise - i.e. sheep or beef unit

The Agricultural business management pathway is appropriate for an Assistant Farm Manager who assists a Farm Manager in the management of a farm.  The Apprentice will be employed or self employed and will receive at least the minimum Apprentice wage.  Deleivery may include attendance at college one day a week, short block release or distance learning.  The learner should achieve the Level 4 Apprenticeship Framework within the agreed timescale.


Programme Features



  • All learners will be supported by a Training Adviser/Assessor who will monitor progress towards achieving targets on a regular basis (every 56 to 61 days)
  • The Training Adviser/Assessor will liaise closely with the employer to ensure that qualifications are achieved within the timescale
  • The Training Adviser/Assessor will assess the Apprentice in the workplace as and when required (every 56 to 61 days)

Progression & Employment



Learners who successfully complete this Higher Apprenticeship can progress onto other Higher Education Courses.


Programme Content



Pathway 1

City & Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Work-based Agricultural Management

Pathway 2

City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Work-based Agricultural Business Management

Pathway 1 & 2

Edexcel BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Project Management for Land-based industries

Essential Skills must be achieved in order for a successful completion: -

  • Essential Skills Wales Application of Number Level 2
  • Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 2
  • Essential Skills Wales Digital Literacy Level 2
  • (In some circumstances previously achieved proxy qualifications may be used)

Programme Assessment



Coursework, assignments, work based observations and work based evidence


Programme Entry Requirements



The Agriculture industry want the entry requirements for the Higher Apprenticeship to be flexible, so therefore has suggested that one of the following should be completed: -

  • Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Agriculture
  • Level 3 Certificate in Work-based Agriculture
  • Level 3 Award in Agriculture
  • Level 3 Extended Certificate in Agriculture
  • Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture
  • Level 3 Certificate in Pig Husbandry Skills
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship in Agriculture
  • Level 3 NVQ in Agriculture Crops/Livestock
  • Practical experience within the Agriculture Industry
  • Voluntary work within the Agricultural Industry
  • 5 GCSE's (A*-C)
  • 2 AS/A Levels