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Agriculture- Level 2 BTEC Diploma - Plumpton at Plumpton College

Course description

This one-year programme designed for school leavers will introduce students to the basics of machinery, crop and animal husbandry and will develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to work on a modern farm.

Many students go on from this course to the BTEC National in Agriculture. There is also the opportunity to gain a range of additional qualifications. You will also have the opportunity to stay in our Welsh Centre and experience a working hill farm.

These are a group of level 2 qualifications which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your farming knowledge and skills.

Level 2 Certificate: you complete 2 subjects to study
Level 2 Extended Certificate: you complete 4 subjects to study
Level 2 Diploma: you complete all 6 subjects to study

Course content

Modules

Indicative Programme Content
  • Tractor driving
  • Machinery operation
  • Introduction to animal & plant husbandry
  • Workshop skills
  • Estate skills
  • Industry experience*
  • Environment and land based business*
  • Farm animal production
  • English & maths

Entry requirements

Either:

  • You’ll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs between Grade A-D (new grades 9-3) including 2 from English, Maths and Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 course, having studied English and Maths at GCSE Level
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Facility Fee:

  • Cost for day students- £120 per year
  • Cost for residential students- £200 per year

The facility fee is applicable to all our full time FE students and this is paid annually before you arrive for your enrolment and induction. This fee assists in providing non-educational facilities which include security, sports amenities, membership of the Sports and Social Club, minibuses, Wi Fi access, television room, on-site medical support and free car parking subject to availability.

For students ages 19 plus please contact Admissions for further fee information:

Admissions@plumpton.ac.uk

01273 892082

Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

Following satisfactory completion of the full Diploma programme, students may progress on to the BTEC Level 3 Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma (1 year), Diploma (2 year) or Extended Diploma (3 years).

This course could also provide entry in to an apprenticeship in Agriculture or full-time farm work such as assistant herdsperson, estate worker, machinery operator or general farm worker with crops or livestock.

Further information

Facilities

Come and discover our excellent agriculture facilities at Plumpton - set in the backdrop of the beautiful South Downs. You’ll find the latest state of the art equipment plus all the different types of farmland for you to experience here at Plumpton. 

  • Lots of space for you to work in

Our 780-hectare commercial farming estate gives you the opportunity to experience different livestock and arable farming.

  • The latest equipment for you to discover

We’ve got a modern 300 cow dairy unit complete with 36:36 Herringbone milking parlour where you’ll gain hands-on experience.

  • An extensive range of livestock for you to experience

You’ll get to work with our Sussex beef cattle, sow pig unit plus our extensively managed flock of 550 sheep.

  • The perfect environment for you to study

You’ll enjoy practical lessons where you’ll gain hands-on farming experience in our modern classrooms and farming sites.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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    • The main Plumpton College site is located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park. Six miles from Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex.

      The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

      The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventure) and Wine and Viticulture.