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Agriculture Level 2 at Wiltshire College

Course description

This course will give you foundation knowledge and skills in growing crops, working with a beef herd, pig and sheep production units and in our dairy, driving tractors and using other agricultural machinery.
You will also learn about grassland and forage production, caring for farm animals, maintaining agricultural machinery and operating a successful farm business.
 
The college farm enterprises include sheep, dairy, pigs, beef and arable cropping, and as an agriculture student you will be involved in them all. These valuable learning resources provide students with opportunities to gain practical experience, within an agricultural setting.
The course also includes a minimum of 200 hours of work experience with a relevant employer to help develop your practical skills.
 
You don’t need to have a farming background to study on this course, anybody with an interest in starting a career in agriculture will find this course beneficial!

Course content

During this course you will learn about:

  • Work related experience in agriculture - Search for jobs and develop employability skills in the agricultural workplace.
  • Agricultural Business - Learn about the different types of businesses in the sector and developing the entrepreneurial skills you need to run a business of your own.
  • Landbased machinery operation - Covering the use of tractors with attachments, learning how to carry out pre-start checks, operate safely, attach different implements to the tractor and understand the purposes of different types of farm machinery. 
  • Farm Animal Production - Introducing you to products, production methods, handling skills and the health and welfare requirements of farm animals. You will learn about a range of animals including beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry. 
  • Estate Skills - Learn the skills needed to construct and maintain boundaries, surfaces and facilities found in an estate enterprise. You will carry out simple measuring exercises as well as ordering and pricing materials. 
  • Introduction to grass and forage production - Learning plant identification skills and studying animal production cycles. You will also learn about pest control and the requirements of conventional and organic production methods.

As part of your studies you will also undertake Functional Skills in English and Maths, vitally important subjects that will be essential when looking for a job or progressing onto your next course.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade D including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or successful completion of relevant subject at Level 1)
  • A good reference
  • A satisfactory interview

Assessment

You may choose to work on your assignments at home, though some study periods are timetabled into the college day.
The final qualification will be BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture.

Future opportunities

Once you complete this course you can continue your studies at Wiltshire College Lackham and move onto the Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture or, if you obtain an employer, an Apprenticeship in Agriculture.
 
You could access a wide range of employment opportunities in the agricultural industry, for example Stock Person, Dairy Person, Tractor Driver or more!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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