This course is aimed at those who have some experience of practical farming.
It has elements of science, both plant and animal, animal husbandry, machinery and environmental aspects through estate skills, which shows the wide range of knowledge needed to work within a farming business.
You will take part in an equal ratio of practical and classroom teaching which provides the course with a healthy balance of both.
As part of the course, you will also take part in a block of work experience in the spring which is compulsory to help you expand on your existing knowledge and skills.
You will also have to work towards either a C grade in mathematics and English/Welsh, or follow Essential Skills in numeracy and communication, this will be carried out in a supportive learning environment.
Successful completion of the course at merit level or above will qualify students to progress to other courses at level three. The course gives comprehensive practical training for those who wish to enter practical farming and provides an excellent base knowledge for apprenticeships.
To obtain the full diploma the modules delivered are:
Plus three from the following:
The course is continuously assessed through assignments, worksheets, open book exams and practical skills assessment.
You will be required to have:
A level one qualification at a merit level or above
Four GCSEs at grades A* to E with at least one GCSE at grade A* to C in Welsh, English or mathematics. You must also have a successful interview and show a passion for agriculture and have the appropriate agricultural experience.
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.