This course is designed for people with some experience of the industry. The course covers many aspects of modern agriculture and allows you to develop your skills in a supportive and practical environment on the College’s large and varied estate that includes modern examples of extensive and intensive farming practices. The second year is crucial as it gives you the opportunity to gain employment experience whilst developing and learning new skills. Many students choose to work abroad during this year in Australia and New Zealand or other countries where the College has employment links. The final year develops your management skills as you take on a supervisory role for routines and learn about planning the business. Overall, the course equips you with the necessary skills for taking responsibility as your career develops.
Throughout the course, there is an opportunity to gain additional qualifications which are essential for work on modern arable and mixed farms. These include certificates in Rough Terrain Fork Lift Truck Use, PA1 & PA2 Sprayer Certificates and many more to add to your qualification base.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture
- Plumpton College Certificate
- Additional Work Related Qualifications
- College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English & maths
Successful completion of this course may allow progression onto a foundation degree or degree programme such as those offered at Plumpton or into employment in the industry in any number of exciting roles including:
- Assisting a herdsman on a dairy herd or Pig Unit
- Tractor driver or contractor operator
- Trainee Agronomist or Nutritionist
- Assistant Farm Manager
- Self Employed contractor
- Tractor driver and machinery operator
- Dairy herdsperson
- Pig unit assistant manager
- General farm worker
- Progression to an HE course
Suitability - Who should attend?
Students will normally be at least 16 years old on entry and have at least one of the following: Studied GCSE level qualifications (achieving 4 passes at A - C for the full diploma) including English and maths; A level 2 qualification; Appropriate interest and relevant experience. Mature applicants who do not possess any of the above qualifications will be considered individually.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
Plumpton College - Apprenticeship Training
Plumpton College is a specialist land-based College offering outstanding indoor and outdoor facilities at our main 800-hectare site plus our other superb Out Centres. You'll be able to develop your skills and knowledge at our inspirational sites. Offering a variety...
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