Bishop Burton College offers students the chance to learn and develop new skills on a modern farm with mixed livestock and crop enterprises. You will study the essential skills to start your career in agriculture, including crops and livestock production and machinery operation, and there is a strong focus on work experience both on the College farm and externally.
- Environmental and land-based business
- Land-based machinery operations
- Introduction to farm animal production
- Estate skills
- Tractor driving
- English and Maths, as required.
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 D or 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.