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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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Tom Longdon

Tom Longdon

College kept Tom in farming

Agricultural contractor Tom Longdon says Derby College convinced him to stay in farming - and made it possible for him to afford essential qualifications. The 20-year-old took Agriculture at Level 2 and 3 at Broomfield Hall, while also passing five separate industry competency qualifications. From a farming background, Tom turned to Derby College after a job he had lined up as an apprentice mechanic fell through just days before he was due to start.
His time at college gave him an insight into the "big world of work" including a valuable business module at Level 3. The training helped Tom, 20, launch his agricultural contracting business in 2015, while still at college, and he "kicked it off properly" last year. His dad has health problems and Tom also works on the 450 acre family beef farm at Trowell, Nottinghamshire. Tom said the correct qualifications and paperwork were essential in modern day farming and he was only able to afford to gain them through college.

Derby College made me want to carry on farming and made it possible for me get my 'tickets' (NPTC competence qualifications).

For instance, I'd looked into training for the telehandler (boom lift) and it would have cost £1,000.

I wouldn't have been able to do it. But through the college, it cost £120 in total to sit the test. For most of your 'tickets', you get training as part of the course but you have to pay for be the test. It's a substantial saving.

You have to get all your paperwork and tickets to get the best jobs.


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