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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 »

Tom Longdon

Tom Longdon

College kept Tom in farming

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.

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