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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 progress 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 and assignment work and demonstration of your competence in a range of practical skills.

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, it may be possible to progress to a Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Agriculture or 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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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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