Agriculture - City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720) at Myerscough College
The Level 3 qualifications are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical-based farm skills with classroom study, industry visits and case studies.
The City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level, whilst the two-year, 12-unit, City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720) is equivalent to two A Levels. Students who successfully complete the Advanced Technical Certificate can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma.
In year one, students learn the principles of plant science and soil science. Additional units cover grassland management, land-based machinery, dairy production, sheep production and estate skills (fencing, hedge laying, walling and grounds maintenance.) Farm activities include milking, lambing and machinery operations.
Students who choose the two-year Diploma route can further their interests during the second year of their programme. Units include business management (finance, marketing and business analysis), animal anatomy and physiology, beef production and machinery operations. An investigative project provides the opportunity to research a specific topic related to agriculture.
Students are expected to gain six weeks work experience during the summer holidays between years one and two.
A wide range of additional qualifications are available to students (some at additional cost), enhancing their employment prospects. These may include training and assessment in Health & Safety, ATV operation, livestock husbandry, animal transport and tractor driving.
4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Certificate at Pass including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.
Past students have gone on to employment as general farm workers or farm managers, enterprise managers, shepherds and tractor drivers/contractors, agricultural advisers and herd managers. Many job opportunities also exist within the allied industries and students have progressed to work with feed companies, breeding companies, animal health specialists, finance specialists and machinery dealerships.
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