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You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.
If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.
We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.
When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Animal Care, Horse Care, Conservation, Horticulture and Arboriculture are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.
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.
£16000 per year
Performing general duties on the farm
£25,000+ per year.
Designing, installing and servicing machinery and equipment
Experienced farm manager
£32,000+ per year
Responsible for the day-to-day running of a major enterprise
Up to £35,000 per year.
Responsible for ensuring standards and regulations in farming
Courses in this area are run at our Broomfield Hall campus. About Broomfield Hall »
Advice from the sector skills council for the land-based and environmental sectors
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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