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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.

At a Glance

  Full Time

  Between 12 & 24 months dependant on ability and prior experience 

  Gelli Aur Campus

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)

Programme Content

City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Work-based Agricultural Business Management Pathway 1 

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

Progression & Employment

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

Method of Assessment

Coursework, assignments, work based observations and work based evidence

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 

Good range of practical experience within the Agriculture Industry 

Voluntary work within the Agricultural Industry 

5 GCSEs (A*-C) 

2 AS/A Levels

Training advisers will undertake an initial interview and learners will complete a basic skills screener in order to ensure they are suited on the correct level one, two, three or four.