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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 14.00

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

Days / Times: Contact Us

Tuition (£): 255.00*

Exams (£): 90.00**

Interview: N

Course Summary

This course covers the safe driving of a tractor, pre-use maintenance and safety checks, and recognition of controls and instruments.

Entry requirements

The minimum age for candidates taking this course is 16 years.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Identifying any hazard specific to the site, task and machine
  • Identifying and explaining functions of all instruments and controls on the machine
  • Carrying out daily pre-use checks on the tractor
  • Demonstrating knowledge of precautions to be observed when driving with heavily loaded trailers and implements
  • Mounting vehicle, carrying out safety checks and starting engine

How will I be assessed?

There is a formal NPTC assessment which can be taken at the College using our tractors – or your own site using your own tractor – and this will take approximately two to three hours.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Overalls
  • Steel toe-capped boots
  • Writing materials
  • Lunch (there will be facilities on site if you wish to purchase your lunch here)

What can I do after this course?

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Agriculture and a wide variety of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
** Exam - This fee is to cover the cost of registration with the relevant awarding body.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Archie Wensley

Archie Wensley

Work placement leads to Swingate Farm apprenticeship for Archie

All Derby College agricultural apprentice Archie Wensley has ever wanted to do is be a farmer.
 
The 16-year-old from Kimberly in Nottinghamshire, loves tractors and working outdoors so, as soon as he left school, he joined Broomfield Hall’s level 2 agriculture course.
 
Through college Archie got a work placement with local farm and equestrian centre, Swingate Farm and, after seeing his potential, owner Matt Blant took him on as an apprentice.
 
Archie said: “I like it. I get to do a bit of everything and every day is different. There’s a lot of variety and I don’t mind being out in all weathers. Swingate is an equestrian centre as well as a 130-acre farm growing re-seeded grass to produce good quality hay. I get to drive the tractor and I also help with hay deliveries. One of the best parts of the job is working with the animals. There are a few cows and sheep and I’ve been helping with fencing the sheep pen.”
 
Matt, who has provided work experience to Broomfield agricultural students for more than a decade, is pleased with Archie’s progress.
 
He added: “He’s a good lad – always keen and willing to learn. Enthusiasm is a good place to start. I offered Archie an apprenticeship as I can he’s got potential.
 
“Farming’s getting more and more technical so there’s a lot to learn. The tractors we use now are more like rolling computers.”
 
Archie, whose great grandparents were farmers, hopes to remain with Matt when his apprenticeship finishes or work at another farm near his
home.
 
He added: “I’m pleased to have moved on to an agricultural apprenticeship at Swingate Farm. My tutors at Broomfield have been great and I like everything about my agricultural course at Derby College. It’s all good. Everyone works well together and we help each other out on jobs like baling straw.”

I like it. I get to do a bit of everything and every day is different. There’s a lot of variety and I don’t mind being out in all weathers. Swingate is an equestrian centre as well as a 130-acre farm growing re-seeded grass to produce good quality hay. I get to drive the tractor and I also help with hay deliveries. One of the best parts of the job is working with the animals. There are a few cows and sheep and I’ve been helping with fencing the sheep pen

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