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Agriculture – Level 3

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Agriculture
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QF3AG1080
Study method
Full Time
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  • Is this course for you?

    Agriculture has formed an important part of the UK economy for decades and continues to be an important part of our sustainability as a nation, it is undergoing a rapid increase in technology that improves precision and protects sustainable systems.

    This level 3 route into industry or higher education allows you to study in depth the techniques employed in modern agriculture and how it can be beneficial to the ongoing prosperity of our diverse countryside and benefit the ecosystems and businesses that rely on it.

    Studying at the Rodbaston Campus will give you a great start in the agricultural sector with access to the college estate, with its variety of habitats and farm systems – as well as working along side the local farming community with trips, guest speakers and practical sessions.

    If you like the hands on approach, this course will be ideal and can lead to employment or higher education.

  • Required qualifications

    To study at level 3 you must have at least 4 GCSE’s at grade 4 and above, or equivalent qualifications.

  • What skills will I develop?

    Modern Agriculture requires a wide range of skills and understanding and as such you will quickly develop these in areas relating to crops and animal husbandry, hand tools (estate skills), machinery such as tractors, quad bikes, power tools and power units.

    This is further enhanced by looking at precision farming techniques such as AI, use of drones, GPS machinery and whole crop systems.

    Much emphasis is also placed on scientific testing and monitoring techniques not only for crops and animals but also when ensuring the sustainability of wider farm habitats.

    Staying safe and healthy at work are also major aspects of this course and the skills and knowledge required to do this are embedded throughout most modules studied.

    This pathway starts individuals on the road to full time employment or allows them to further their career aspirations by engaging with Higher Education. The choice of modules reflects both regional and national skills requirements with a mix of science, crops, animals and machinery, all with an input that allows a seamless blend of cutting edge technology . A good hands on course that also delivers sound principals to take agriculture forward for the next generation.

  • Careers

    You will gain many skills that will be used within employment. There are many careers within the agriculture industry such as:

    • Farm Worker
    • Stockperson
    • Agronomist
    • Tractor Driver
    • Sales/Buyer
    • Contractor
    • Relief Milker
    • Advisor
    • Nutritionist
    • Farm Manager
  • Work experience

    This course requires you to undertake a minimum of 150 hours (around 20 working days) of meaningful work experience. You do not have to have secured a placement to start the course but a good idea of where you would like to go would be an advantage.

    Industry experience is designed to further develop and enhance skills being taught during vocational sessions and is an important part of the study program.

  • English and maths

    If you are 16-18 and have yet to gain a 4 or above in maths and English then the college will help you achieve this as part of your study programme. If you are 19+ and are looking to improve your maths & English then this to can form part of the course.

    The benefits of improving your skills in these qualifications are not to be underestimated and can lead to better employment prospects and higher earning potential in your chosen career.

  • Other important information

    No specific uniform is required for the course but a good set of overalls, as well as steel toes cap wellies or work boots are a must!

  • Is this course for you?

    Agriculture has formed an important part of the UK economy for decades and continues to be an important part of our sustainability as a nation, it is undergoing a rapid increase in technology that improves precision and protects sustainable systems.

    This level 3 route into industry or higher education allows you to study in depth the techniques employed in modern agriculture and how it can be beneficial to the ongoing prosperity of our diverse countryside and benefit the ecosystems and businesses that rely on it.

    Studying at the Rodbaston Campus will give you a great start in the agricultural sector with access to the college estate, with its variety of habitats and farm systems – as well as working along side the local farming community with trips, guest speakers and practical sessions.

    If you like the hands on approach, this course will be ideal and can lead to employment or higher education.

  • Required qualifications

    To study at level 3 you must have at least 4 GCSE’s at grade 4 and above, or equivalent qualifications.

  • What skills will I develop?

    Modern Agriculture requires a wide range of skills and understanding and as such you will quickly develop these in areas relating to crops and animal husbandry, hand tools (estate skills), machinery such as tractors, quad bikes, power tools and power units.

    This is further enhanced by looking at precision farming techniques such as AI, use of drones, GPS machinery and whole crop systems.

    Much emphasis is also placed on scientific testing and monitoring techniques not only for crops and animals but also when ensuring the sustainability of wider farm habitats.

    Staying safe and healthy at work are also major aspects of this course and the skills and knowledge required to do this are embedded throughout most modules studied.

    This pathway starts individuals on the road to full time employment or allows them to further their career aspirations by engaging with Higher Education. The choice of modules reflects both regional and national skills requirements with a mix of science, crops, animals and machinery, all with an input that allows a seamless blend of cutting edge technology . A good hands on course that also delivers sound principals to take agriculture forward for the next generation.

  • Careers

    You will gain many skills that will be used within employment. There are many careers within the agriculture industry such as:

    • Farm Worker
    • Stockperson
    • Agronomist
    • Tractor Driver
    • Sales/Buyer
    • Contractor
    • Relief Milker
    • Advisor
    • Nutritionist
    • Farm Manager
  • Work experience

    This course requires you to undertake a minimum of 150 hours (around 20 working days) of meaningful work experience. You do not have to have secured a placement to start the course but a good idea of where you would like to go would be an advantage.

    Industry experience is designed to further develop and enhance skills being taught during vocational sessions and is an important part of the study program.

  • English and maths

    If you are 16-18 and have yet to gain a 4 or above in maths and English then the college will help you achieve this as part of your study programme. If you are 19+ and are looking to improve your maths & English then this to can form part of the course.

    The benefits of improving your skills in these qualifications are not to be underestimated and can lead to better employment prospects and higher earning potential in your chosen career.

  • Other important information

    No specific uniform is required for the course but a good set of overalls, as well as steel toes cap wellies or work boots are a must!

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