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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
  • ATV/RTV

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 PA 1:

  • 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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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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