The Award in Land-based Studies in Agriculture and Horticulture is an introductory Level 1 qualification which is focused on one of the units listed below. The unit can be of your choice and, once completed, it provides a platform for studying towards a Certificate. The Award can be completed within three months.
The course is a fascinating introduction to a career in the land-based industry, with special emphasis on agriculture or horticulture. It gives you the chance to gain skills in areas such as animal husbandry and estates maintenance. As well as learning about the land-based industry, you will develop your literacy and numeracy skills.
You should have grades E-G (1-2) at GCSE and a sound interest in agriculture and horticulture.
You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview, but not the initial assessment.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into account your previous experience in your chosen subject.
The course will cover:
•Use safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
•Develop performance in land-based industries
•Use transport and assist with maintenance of tools and equipment
•Assist with the care of animals
•Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals
•Carry out tractor operations
•Introduction to crop systems
You will also work towards Functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and IT (if you do not have these at GCSE grade C or above).
You will also have the opportunity to complete a tractor driving NPTC test. The test fee only will be payable, with all the training being included in the course.
Assessments are carried out using a series of practical tasks and questions. There will also be some written assignment work and tests. You will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence.
You will be required to supply your own:
•Steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons
•Derby College Group overalls (these will be available to purchase at enrolment)
•Derby College Group uniform
If you do well in your studies, it may be possible to progress to a Certificate in Agriculture.
Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Agriculture and Horticulture, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Craig Gavagan from Breaston was the first Agriculture apprentice at Broomfield Hall – learning new skills while working on our farm which boasts a wide range of livestock.
Craig, a former pupil at Friesland School in Sandiacre, had originally planned to do A-levels but decided to take a different route to success after seeing the apprenticeship advertised.
I didn’t know anything about farming life before coming here but I never want to work in any other industry now. I love working with the livestock and machinery and I hope that the qualifications I gain as part of the apprenticeship will help me get a job after the programme finishes.