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.
Agricultural contractor Tom Longdon says Derby College convinced him to stay in farming - and made it possible for him to afford essential qualifications. The 20-year-old took Agriculture at Level 2 and 3 at Broomfield Hall, while also passing five separate industry competency qualifications.
From a farming background, Tom turned to Derby College after a job he had lined up as an apprentice mechanic fell through just days before he was due to start. His time at college gave him an insight into the "big world of work" including a valuable business module at Level 3.
The training helped Tom, 20, launch his agricultural contracting business in 2015, while still at college, and he "kicked it off properly" last year. His dad has health problems and Tom also works on the 450 acre family beef farm at Trowell, Nottinghamshire.
Tom said the correct qualifications and paperwork were essential in modern day farming and he was only able to afford to gain them through college.
Derby College made me want to carry on farming and made it possible for me get my 'tickets' (NPTC competence qualifications).
For instance, I'd looked into training for the telehandler (boom lift) and it would have cost £1,000.
I wouldn't have been able to do it. But through the college, it cost £120 in total to sit the test. For most of your 'tickets', you get training as part of the course but you have to pay for be the test. It's a substantial saving.
You have to get all your paperwork and tickets to get the best jobs.