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Introduction to Agriculture and the Countryside C&G Diploma Level 1 at Kingston Maurward College

Course description

Learn the basic skills, knowledge and understanding of working in agriculture and the countryside and prepare for employment or progression to a more advanced course, or an apprenticeship.

Kingston Maurward offers the ideal environment for students to develop agriculture and countryside skills at their own pace under expert guidance. The programme offers a broad range of subjects and practical skills.

Course content

Units include:

  • Agriculture, including farm animal husbandry and an    introduction to crop production
  • Tractor driving, machinery operation and maintenance
  • Practical countryside skills
  • Conservation and woodland management
  • Estate maintenance
  • Functional Skills in literacy, numeracy and IT

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades E or above, including English and Maths. Interest and enthusiasm in working in the land-based industries is essential. Other experience will also be considered.


Assessment takes place throughout the year and support with developing numeracy, literacy, study skills, IT and vocational skills is available.

Financial information

Courses leading to a qualification are FREE for British citizens, aged under 19 years on 31 August in the academic year you start your course.* However, there may be some additional costs for clothing/kit and trips depending on your course.  You can apply to the Bursary Fund for extra help towards the cost of transport, food, equipment or childcare.

Materials required:

Basic Stationery - Pens, paper and lever arch files - Suitable Outdoor Clothing - The clothing must be suitable for environment, weather and time of year. Polo shirts and sweatshirts can be purchased at the College. - Protective Overalls - All protective equipment will be inspected by the Course Manager. - Steel Toe Capped Safety Boots - All protective equipment will be inspected by the Course Manager (Steel Toe Capped Wellington Boots for livestock practical's) - Proof of Tetanus protection is required

Future opportunities

General Farm Worker, Tractor Driver, Working for an agricultural contractor, Assistant Shepherd/Assistant Herdsman, Assistant Gamekeeper.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2016
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