This qualification is aimed at those interested in plant and animal production and management of different environments. The Level 2 in Agriculture has been developed to provide entry and progression into, and within, agricultural and land management industries that fall within the environmental and land-based sector. It identifies knowledge, understanding and technical skills that employers will need from learners entering the sector in the coming years. The qualifications are made up of five and 10 credit units of learning that give learners explicit recognition of their learning in education and work. They are assessed using a range of traditional and contemporary models such as practical assessments, written assessments and blended learning.
Work experience forms a large part of the study programme, with learners needing to complete over 300 hours off site work experience. This has to be undertaken in an area related area to your main qualification and learners are expected to secure this prior to commencing the course if possible.
- Farm animal production
- Crop production
- Work-related experience
- Estate maintenance
- Machinery operations
- Maths and / or English (if not achieved at grade 4).
One year full-time, normally in college three days a week.
Students who want to further their studies can progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture.
Work as an arable and livestock farm assistant, animal control officer, agricultural equipment officer, farm caretaker, groundskeeper, landscape officer and many more.
Four GCSEs at grade 3, preferably including English and Maths, or a Level 1 qualification in a related subject. A satisfactory reference is also needed.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture
Martina has always had pet goats and hand-reared them since she was a young child. Her duties on her work experience placement at a beef farm organised through the College include feeding calves and carrying out health checks.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: The College has great facilities and it gives you the chance to get real life experience of all aspects of agriculture. Since starting at Bishop Burton College I have gained a lot of skills and knowledge about farming and the care of livestock.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: Working with livestock and gaining hands-on experience. I particularly enjoy working with the cattle and sheep. We get to take part in lots of practical sessions, including work on the College farm, tractor driving and estate work.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I would like to progress onto the Level Three Diploma in Agriculture at the College and then study at degree level. Eventually I hope to work as a farm manager or own my own farm.