The Course

This new qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies. It identifies knowledge, understanding and technical skills that employers will need from you entering the sector in the coming years.

As well as direct entry to employment, this qualification will prepare you for higher study of a specialist degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma. This route gives you the opportunity to enter the sector at a higher level, or in a more specialist role. No prior study of the sector is needed but you will have a range of achievement at Level 2, in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.

There are three main forms of assessment to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

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.

  • What You Study

    • Crop production
    • Livestock husbandry
    • Estate skills
    • Machinery operations
    • Work experience
    • Professional working responsibilities
    • Maths and / or English (if not achieved at grade 4).
  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 4 equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent. One satisfactory reference is also needed.

  • Pathways

    A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.

    • Extended Certificate (one year)
    • Foundation Diploma (one year)
    • Diploma (two years)
    • Extended Diploma (two years).
  • Duration

    One or two years full-time, depending on pathway.

  • Progression

    On completion of this qualification, you will have obtained the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into industry or on to a higher level supervisory or management qualifications. Explore the Agriculture courses at University Centre Bishop Burton.

  • Careers

    Work on a farm in a supervisory role, managing staff on an arable and livestock farm, as a livestock procurement manager, livestock and crop specialist, agricultural policy analyst and many more.

  • Equipment Required

    For your course, you will need:

    • High-visibility jacket/ bib
    • Overalls
    • Steel toe cap boots
    • Wellingtons
    • Waterproofs
    • Lab coat
    • Notepad and pens
    • Smart phone or laptop
  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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