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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is designed for people who would like to enter the world of farming in a supervisory or craftsman role or to move on to further study at university. It covers all the main aspects of modern farming, including business management, machinery, livestock and crop production.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject.

You will need:

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English and/or Maths

OR

  • An Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject at Merit standard or higher, including English and Maths.

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.

To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Pass grade or above during your first year.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Business management
  • Industrial and work experience
  • Estate skills
  • Introduction to crop production
  • Machinery operation and maintenance
  • Animal science
  • Plant and soil science
  • Principles of animal production
  • Principles of machinery
  • Spreaders and sprayers
  • Undertaking animal production
  • Grassland management
  • Undertaking farm habitat management
  • Forage crops
  • Investigative project
  • Managing agricultural environments
  • Livestock breeding and nutrition

 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed continually throughout the course using a combination of written tests, project work, assignment work and demonstration of competence in a range of practical skills.

There will be a written exam at the end of the course.

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

Please note that course fees will apply for students aged 19+.

What can I do after this course?

If you do well in your studies, you will be able to progress to Level 2 of this course.

 

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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