This is an ideal course for those wishing to enter the agricultural industry but who might not have any experience or formal qualifications.
This is a full-time course normally delivered over three days a week.
This course is designed to develop your theory and practical skills in agriculture.
As part of the programme you will be offered support in numeracy, literacy, communication and digital skills. This might lead to a qualification in Basic Skills.
Following success at merit or distinction level you could progress to a full-time level two course. If you would prefer to go into the world of working on a farm then an apprenticeship might suit you. Staff are happy to support and guide you in your aspirations.
This course will have a number of units associated with agriculture.
These will include looking after animals, for example, dairy and beef cattle and sheep. It will also have units associated with farm machinery, for example tractors and implements. It will also look into crops that are used in livestock farming.
The practical tasks will be carried out on the college farm during farm practical sessions, where you will be taught to carry out a variety of routine tasks such as feeding, bedding, cleaning out pens, lambing, calving and all routine health care.
This will be based on practical, oral and written assessments which are ongoing throughout the course.
All assignments are made up of a series of tasks, which are assessed as pass or fail only and tasks can vary in format.
Some may be performance based and others will focus on the underpinning knowledge of the unit.
There will be an online test which you will be well prepared for.
You will also collect a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their achievements which determines the overall grading for the qualification, which is a pass, merit or distinction. It will include the marking check lists for the assignments and samples of work logs, photographs and witness testimonies.
There are no formal entry requirements however, the nature of both the learning and assessment required for the qualification is such that learners will need basic literacy and numeracy skills, for example, the ability to read and interpret written tasks and to write answers in a legible and understandable form. It’s essential that you have an interest in farming, livestock and crops.
All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.
You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.