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Farm Mechanisation Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

During this course you will learn how to work effectively with agricultural machinery in a range of landbased situations, both on our farm and in the workshops.
 
A key part of the learning experience will be undertaking fun and challenging projects which include a 24-hour ploughing marathon, grass and maize forage harvesting operations, autumn crop establishment and large scale materials handling exercises.
 
You will also have the opportunity to become part of the 'Lackham Ballistic' tractor pulling team, running a high performance tractor on the national circuit during your second year. These activities are all designed to develop your skills, understanding, teamwork and confidence to meet the challenges of working in the Farm Mechanisation sector.

Course content

On this course you will learn about:
 
The Principles of Plant Science
This unit aims to introduce learners to an understanding of plant science and how this can be applied in practice. 
 
The Principles of Soil Science
This unit aims to introduce learners to the investigative skills and knowledge in soil science and how these can be applied in practice. 
 
Undertaking an Investigative Project in the Landbased Sector
This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of undertaking an investigative project and how this can be put into practice. 
 
Undertaking and Reviewing Work Related Experience in the Landbased Industries
The aim of this unit is to give learners the skills needed to identify, participate in and review work experience in the environmental and land-based sector. Learners must carry out a minimum of 300 hours of related industry experience to successfully complete this unit.
 
Business Management in the Landbased Sector
Learners will look at the business environment, the roles and responsibilities of those employed in landbased businesses and resource requirements. They will develop their skills in business operations and produce a business plan.
 
Understanding Principles of Landbased Machinery
This unit aims to introduce learners to land-based machinery skills and knowledge and how these can be applied in practice. 
 
Undertaking Estate Skills
This unit aims to introduce learners to the estate skills and knowledge and how these can be applied in practice. 
 
Undertaking Landbased Industries Pollution and Waste Control Management
This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of landbased industries pollution and waste management control and how these can be applied in practice.
 
Undertaking Agricultural Livestock Production
This unit aims to introduce learners to the skills and knowledge needed for agricultural livestock production, and how these can be applied in practice. 
 
Undertaking Agricultural Crop Production
This unit aims to introduce learners to the skills and knowledge needed for agricultural crop production and how these can be applied in practice. 
 
Undertaking Root Crop and Field Vegetable Production
This unit aims to introduce learners to the skills and knowledge in root crop and field vegetable production and how these can be applied in practice. 
 
Understanding Farm Power Units - Machinery and Operation
This unit aims to introduce learners to the skills and knowledge needed for managing and operating farm power units, and how these can be applied in practice. The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of cost effective management of agricultural machinery.
 
Understanding and Servicing Landbased Harvesting Machinery (Cutting and lifting)
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ skills and understanding required for the maintenance and repair of cutting and lifting mechanisms of harvesting machinery how these can be applied in practice.
 
Mechanised Agricultural Crop Handling and Storage
This unit aims to introduce learners to the skills and knowledge needed for mechanised agricultural crop handling and storage and how these can be applied in practice. The learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the efficient handling, conditioning, storage and grading of a range of agricultural crops.
 
Understanding and Servicing Landbased Harvesting Machinery (Processing)
This unit aims to introduce learners to the skills and knowledge in landbased harvesting machinery and how these can be applied in practice. 
 
Undertaking Landbased Workshop Practice
This unit aims to introduce learners to workshop skills and knowledge and how these can be applied in practice. 
 
Understanding and Using Agricultural Spreaders and Sprayers
This unit aims to introduce learners to the skills and knowledge needed for agricultural spreaders and sprayers, and how these can be applied in practice. The learners will develop an awareness of the equipment and techniques used to apply agri-chemicals and fertilisers, the routine maintenance and use of sprayers and spreaders, and the legislation that applies to their operation. They will develop practical skills needed to safely operate and maintain sprayers and spreaders and investigate the impact of developments in agricultural application machinery on operator safety, the wider environment and the effects on the perception of modern agricultural practices.
 
Undertaking Landbased Machinery Operations
In this unit learners will study the purpose and operation of landbased machines including machine layout, systems and controls. They will explore daily checks and adjustments as well as appropriate personal protective equipment and the legal and recommended requirements for landbased machinery. They will learn how to safely operate and maintain machinery and consider the different conditions in which machinery might need to operate.

 

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs grade A*-C including Maths, English and Science or equivalent (or at least a 'Merit' grade for those progressing from the Level 2 Diploma in Land-based Technology)
  • An aptitude test
  • A good reference
  • A satisfactory interview

Assessment

Although much of the work is assessed in class, some assignment work will have to be carried out in your own time, such as course work.
 
The course is assessed continually through projects, assignments and practical tests.
 
The final qualification will be a Level 3 90-Credit/Extended Diploma in Agriculture and Farm Mechanisation.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course offers the opportunity to progress onto HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or Degree courses here at Wiltshire College, such as our HND in Agricultural Engineering.
 
Career opportunities could include working as a tractor driver, agricultural contractor, machinery demonstrator, arable or workshop technician and much 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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