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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This Diploma enables you to develop practical skills and knowledge of working in agriculture.

Entry requirements

You should have successfully completed a Level 1 programme with Distinction or a Level 2 programme with a Pass.

Course Content

  • Tutorial
  • Maths
  • English

Unit 1 Machinery operations:

  • Tractor
  • Telehandler

Unit 2 Management of livestock:

  • Movement of animals
  • Administer vet medicines
  • Sheep shearing
  • Lambing
  • Tagging and paperwork/licences

Unit 3 Pesticide application:

  • Legislation
  • Storage
  • Mixing
  • Application
  • PA1 online test
  • PA6 knapsack sprayer
  • PA2 boom sprayer

Unit 4 Estates Skills/Health and Safety/Farm Duties:

  • Surfaces
  • Structures
  • Boundaries
  • Building maintenance
  • Health and Safety Farm Safety Foundation Certificate/Makita certificate
  • General health and safety linked to livestock and machinery
  • Farm duties

Unit 5 Work experience:

  • 150 hours of work experience


  • NPTC animal movements – sheep, sheep and cattle, pigs

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via practical assessments, witness statements and work books. The PA1 online test will also give you an additional qualification and allow you to undertake further pesticide qualifications.

You will also take Maths and English exams and assignments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need a Derby College Group overall and steel toe-cap boots.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to a Level 3 qualification.


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Ashley Slater

Ashley Slater

Agri-qualifications power Ashley towards contract farming

Teenager Ashley Slater's father and grandfather used to be farmers and as a boy, he spent many happy hours tinkering with his granddad's vintage tractor. Farming is in Ashley's blood and so, after completing his GCSEs, he knew he wanted to study agriculture. And now, after completing two Derby College courses, he is well on track to fulfil his ambition to become a contract farmer.
Ashley chose the full-time Level 2 agricultural course at Broomfield Hall, and went on to take Level 3. He covered everything from topping (removing tough tall grass) and ploughing, to lambing and machine maintenance. After college, his qualifications helped him land a general farmworkers' job on a 300 acre organic cereal farm at Sutton Bonington in Nottinghamshire. The farm also has around 120 head of sheep and a herd of some 100 beef cattle.

The two courses gave me the qualifications I needed and helped me build on what I already knew. Some of the teachers have their own farms and they really know what they are talking about. You also get an option to learn for various tickets you might need - like I got my pesticides tickets and rough terrain forklift ticket. It all helps to show you've got the knowledge and skills when you apply for a job. My ambition is to one day have my own contracting business with my own machinery, working on other people's farms.


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