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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 11356.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is designed for people who would like to enter the world of farming in a supervisory or craftsman role or to progress to further study at university. It covers all the main aspects of modern farming, including business management, machinery, livestock and crop production.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject.

You will need:

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English and/or Maths


  • An Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject at Merit standard or higher, including English and Maths

You will have an interview which parents and carers are welcome to attend.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into account your previous experience in your chosen subject.

To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Pass grade or above during your first year.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Business management
  • Industrial and work experience
  • Estate skills
  • Introduction to crop production
  • Machinery operation and maintenance
  • Animal science
  • Plant and soil science
  • Principles of animal production
  • Principles of machinery
  • Spreaders and sprayers
  • Undertaking animal production
  • Grassland management
  • Undertaking farm habitat management
  • Forage crops
  • Investigative project
  • Managing agricultural environments
  • Livestock breeding and nutrition

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed continually throughout the course using a combination of written tests, project and assignment work and demonstration of your competence in a range of practical skills.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons
  • Derby College overalls (these will be available to purchase at enrolment)
  • Derby College uniform
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Writing materials

Please note that course fees will apply for students aged 19+.

What can I do after this course?

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Agriculture, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

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