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.
Craig Gavagan from Breaston was the first Agriculture apprentice at Broomfield Hall – learning new skills while working on our farm which boasts a wide range of livestock.
Craig, a former pupil at Friesland School in Sandiacre, had originally planned to do A-levels but decided to take a different route to success after seeing the apprenticeship advertised.
I didn’t know anything about farming life before coming here but I never want to work in any other industry now. I love working with the livestock and machinery and I hope that the qualifications I gain as part of the apprenticeship will help me get a job after the programme finishes.