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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

You should have grades 1-2/E-G at GCSE and a sound interest in agriculture.

 

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview, but not the initial assessment.

 

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into account your previous experience in your chosen subject.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Use safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
  • Develop performance in land-based industries
  • Use transport and assist with maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Assist with the care of animals
  • Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals
  • Introduction to crop systems
  • Carry out tractor operations

You will also work towards a Health and Safety Certificate as well as Functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and IT (if you do not have these at GCSE grade C or above)

You will also complete an additional qualification in Employability and Personal Development.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are carried out using a series of practical tasks and questions. You will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons
  • Derby College overalls (these will be available to purchase at enrolment)
  • Derby College uniform
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Writing materials

What can I do after this course?

If you do well in your studies, it may be possible to progress to a Level 2 Intermediate Diploma in Agriculture or a related subject. However, you must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress.

 

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Agriculture, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Ashley Slater

Ashley Slater

Agri-qualifications power Ashley towards contract farming

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.


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