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Agriculture Level 2 Apprenticeship at Northumberland College

Course description

It is a work-related, competence-based qualification, and is designed for someone in work or who wishes to progress into work. It reflects the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and shows that you are competent in the area of work the qualification represents. The qualification may allow you to combine working for an Agricultural business, such as a Beef or Sheep unit, Poultry enterprise, or Arable farm, and typically involves you attending one day a week at College or with a Training Provider.

Course content

All learners will cover the mandatory core units of Health & Safety, Working with Others and Developing Personal Performance. You will also need to cover Biosecurity in the Workplace. You can then take optional units that are relevant to your chosen pathway: Crop Production, Mixed Farming, Livestock Production or Poultry Production. The choice of optional units will reflect the work environment that you are in, and the type of role that you are carrying out. There are a wide range of optional units, but examples include: Transport Harvested Crops, Carry Out Harvesting by Mechanical Means, Prepare Feed and Water Supplies for Livestock, Maintain Livestock and their Accommodation, Grow Young Birds and Prepare and Operate a Tractor with attachments.

Entry requirements

There are no specific prior achievements required to take this qualification, but a Level 1 or another Level 2 qualification in Agriculture or other Land-based related subjects could be an advantage. You need to be 16 years old or over to take this qualification.

Assessment

It is a work-related, competence-based qualification, and is designed for someone in work or who wishes to progress into work. It reflects the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and shows that you are competent in the area of work the qualification represents. The qualification may allow you to combine working for an Agricultural business, such as a Beef or Sheep unit, Poultry enterprise, or Arable farm, and typically involves you attending one day a week at College or with a Training Provider. You will be assessed on farm under taking your duties to show competence.

Future opportunities

This qualification could lead to jobs such as: - Arable farm worker - Assistant Stockman - Assistant Herdsperson - Contract worker - Trainee Fieldsman - Egg Collector - Livestock Technician You could progress to an Apprenticeship at Level 3 or other qualifications at Level 3 such as: - Level 3 Certificate in Agriculture - Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Agriculture - Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Agriculture - Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture - Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Agriculture There is an Award and a Certificate in Level 2 Work-based Agriculture which you could choose to take, which are similar to the Diploma, but smaller in size. However, if you want to do an Apprenticeship at Level 2, you must take the Diploma qualification. WHO SUPPORTS THIS QUALIFICATION? This qualification is supported by the National Farmers Union. The NFU provides professional representation for its 55,000 farmers and growers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities