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 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.