This course is a fascinating introduction to a career in agriculture, giving you the chance to gain skills in areas such as animal husbandry and estates maintenance. As well as learning about agriculture, you will develop your literacy and numeracy skills.
You should have grades E-G at GCSE and a sound interest in the area of study. All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and will be encouraged to present an example of current work.
You will work towards a Health and Safety Certificate as well as Functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and IT. You will also complete an additional qualification in Employability and Personal Development.
Your units of study could include:
Assessment will be via a series of practical tasks and questions. You will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence of your achievements throughout the course.
You will need writing materials along with working clothes and steel toe-capped boots. You will also need to buy protective clothing and footwear for all practical activities. We will discuss this with you at your interview.
If you do well in your studies, it may be possible to progress to a Level 2 Intermediate Diploma in Agriculture or related subjects. However, you must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to the Intermediate Diploma.
You could go directly into employment in a wide range of roles within the farming industry.
Teenager Ashley Slater's father and grandfather used to be farmers and as a boy, he spent many happy hours tinkering with his granddad's vintage tractor.
Farming is in Ashley's blood and so, after completing his GCSEs, he knew he wanted to study agriculture.
And now, after completing two Derby College courses, he is well on track to fulfil his ambition to become a contract farmer.
Ashley chose the full-time Level 2 agricultural course at Broomfield Hall, and went on to take Level 3. He covered everything from topping (removing tough tall grass) and ploughing, to lambing and machine maintenance.
After college, his qualifications helped him land a general farmworkers' job on a 300 acre organic cereal farm at Sutton Bonington in Nottinghamshire.
The farm also has around 120 head of sheep and a herd of some 100 beef cattle.
The two courses gave me the qualifications I needed and helped me build on what I already knew. Some of the teachers have their own farms and they really know what they are talking about. You also get an option to learn for various tickets you might need - like I got my pesticides tickets and rough terrain forklift ticket. It all helps to show you've got the knowledge and skills when you apply for a job. My ambition is to one day have my own contracting business with my own machinery, working on other people's farms.