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Level 3 Livestock Unit Technician

The broad purpose of the occupation is to operationally manage the livestock related tasks on the farm such as animal health and welfare from conception and birth through to the customer; and to support business productivity.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Agriculture
Location: Workplace
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y

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The broad purpose of the occupation is to operationally manage the livestock related tasks on the farm such as animal health and welfare from conception and birth through to the customer; and to support business productivity. The individual will make key decisions on a day-to-day basis to ensure the protection of their own and health and safety of others. This includes ensuring the standards of cross compliance, farm assurance, biosecurity and infrastructure security are met. 

The Livestock Unit Technician will usually only work with one species. The role will include the safe use and maintenance of farm vehicles, including the equipment used for transporting or producing feed. The individual will be required to understand, record and meet the business Key Performance Indicators that are set out by the employer.

  • Experience volunteering or working within the agriculture/livestock sector
  • Good work ethic
  • Be in employment and be committed to your career
  • Desirably three GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English and Maths

(Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.)

Before starting EPA, an apprentice must meet the gateway requirements. For this apprenticeship they are: 

  • the employer must be content that the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard.
  • apprentices must have compiled and submitted a portfolio of evidence to underpin the interview and demonstrate completion of all knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements.
  • apprentices must have achieved all qualifications mandated in the occupational standard. The qualifications required are: 

o City & Guilds Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides using Pedestrian 

Handheld Equipment or Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides 

o Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, which is a minimum of 1-day course (Ofqual 


o Level 2 in Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines

o English and mathematics at Level 2

  • A record of off-the-job training – this is training that must occur for a minimum of 20% (6 hours per week) of the time the apprentice is paid to work and is training delivered outside of their normal working duties – to develop a wider understanding of the industry.


Please see the Institute for Apprenticeship website for further information:

Livestock unit technician / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Learning will take place in a variety of ways, which could include workplace training, formal courses, work shadowing, industrial visits, research, self-study, attendance at College for classroom/workshop activities and time spent completing assignments set by the assessor.

You need PPE for the workplace and writing materials.

End-point Assessments: Multiple-choice test, Observation with questions, Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence.

This qualification is graded Fail, Pass or Distinction.

Functional Skills:

Before taking the end-point assessment, apprentices must have or achieved Level 2 English and Maths Functional Skills (equivalent to GCSE grades 4-9 (GCSE grades A* to C))

It is expected that on completion of the apprenticeship you will move into full time employment

Although your Assessor can inform you of further study opportunities

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email or call 01332 387421

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Course Information Last Updated On: August 24, 2022 12:13 pm