Agriculture - Level 2
Develop your practical farming skills on the College’s working organic farm, using both traditional and modern farming methods.
You will gain practical experience of tractor fieldwork, estate skills and a range of stock tasks on the College farm, with opportunities to visit relevant shows and exhibitions. Learning will be underpinned by theoretical classroom work and backed up with relevant work experience in the industry. You can gain one of the following certificates of competence: telehandler, ATV, shearing or tractor driving.
With a strong emphasis on combining traditional skills with modern technology and legislation, this course is ideal if you are working towards employment in the agricultural sector.
Successful completion at Merit grade or above will allow you to progress to a Level 3 Extended Diploma or move into employment with an apprenticeship (entry requirements apply).
Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture
Duration: One year
You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.
- Work-related Experience in the Land-based Industries
- Environmental & Land-based Business
- Farm Animal Production
- Land-based Machinery Operation
- Tractor Driving
- Estate Skills
Assessment is continuous, with assignments, projects and practical work. It also includes 150 hours of work experience over the duration of the course. All full-time students are required to study maths and English at the appropriate level.
Maths and English
All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies, please refer to the Study Programmes page of this website.
- Four GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above (to include maths, science and English) or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 1 qualification at Distinction grade
- Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
- Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area
Progression routes shown are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
Employment options may include:
- Agriculture and allied industries
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Aged 16 - 18 years: There are no tuition or exam fees
Aged 19 years or over (at the start of the course): Tuition Fee £995 Registration/Exam Fee £165
Additional course costs: £185
Personal equipment: You will also be expected to buy your own equipment costing approximately £70.
Please note: Costs are subject to change, please call Enquiries on 0800 032 1986 to check.
See Also: Fees Guidance - Full Time and Fee Reductions for Adults
We also offer the following apprenticeships as an alternative to full-time study:
Apprenticeship course content
As an employed apprentice you will gain practical skills in the workplace along with developing knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to your chosen sector, including:
- Health & Safety
- Managing the Welfare of Animals
- Preparing Feed & Water for Livestock
- Preparing Outdoor Sites for Livestock
- Preparing & Operating a Tractor
Duration and attendance
You will spend most of your time in the workplace employed as an apprentice. There will be knowledge workshops planned within your course. You will be expected to attend functional skills classes in English and Maths unless you already have prior achievement at grade 4. Duration is 12−24 months depending on the level of study and will usually require attendance in college for 1 day per week.
Telephone: 0800 032 1986