Keen to learn more about topics such as tractor and machinery operation, grass and forage crop husbandry, cattle, sheep, pigs and livestock nutrition, health and welfare? Interested in developing your skills to work safely and effectively on a farm? Then this course is for you.
You need one of the following:
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to an Advanced Diploma.
Continuous assessment will take place over the whole year, with both practical and theoretical tasks.
You will be involved in a range of practical and theoretical learning activities as well as completing a minimum of six weeks of work experience.
You will need to provide your own steel toe-capped boots, working clothes and writing materials. Full details will be provided nearer to enrolment date.
You could use this qualification to enable you to progress to an advanced course. However, you must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to the Advanced Diploma.
This course aims to develop the practical skills, knowledge and personal qualities needed to prepare you for employment on a farm.
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.