This is an introductory-level course that is designed to allow students interested in a career in the land-based sector to develop the confidence and skills they will need whilst studying. It makes the best possible use of the college’s outstanding facilities and is a mixture of Horticulture, Engineering, Agriculture and Countryside studies.
- Safe and effective working practices
- Transportation of supplies
- Maintenance of structures and surfaces
- Maintenance of equipment
- Planting and establishing plants
- Habitat management work
- Animal care
- Work experience and employability skills
- English and Maths, as required.
One year full-time, normally in college three days a week.
Students can progress to the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture.
Work in a wide variety of roles in land-based engineering, on an arable and livestock farm, with animals in sanctuaries and wildlife centres, in environmental conservation and horticulture.
A genuine passion for the subject and one satisfactory reference is needed.
BTEC Level 3 in Agriculture
“Bishop Burton is a really good college. Everyone is there to help you and having the farm to work on helps you understand it more, rather than just sitting in a classroom. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to study agriculture.”
Chantelle has benefitted greatly from the opportunity to work on the College farm as part of her course.
She and her fellow Agriculture students have developed a wide range of practical skills across many different areas of farming, which has helped prepare them for careers in the industry.
Chantelle is planning to further enhance these skills by progressing to study a degree in Agriculture at the College.
“We have done a mixture of arable and livestock farming, so everything to do with crops and all different farm animals,” she said.
“We have done a lot of practical work on the farm. It involves shearing sheep, for example, checking on the crops – all aspects of farming really.
“I’m now looking at staying at the College to do a degree and would like to follow in my dad’s footsteps as an agronomist.
“Bishop Burton is a really good college. Everyone is there to help you and having the farm to work on helps you understand it more, rather than just sitting in a classroom. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to study Agriculture.”