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Level 2 General Farm Worker

You will be provided with a foundation in the broad range of skills required to work competently within the agricultural industry. You will be taught practical skills and theoretical background knowledge at College and be expected to practise and develop these skills in the workplace. College attendance is required on a weekly day-release basis.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Agriculture
Location: Workplace
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
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Course Information for Students

This course is applicable for anyone wanting to further their career in the agriculture sector.  Attendance at college is mandatory one day a week, and if a Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths is not held then this will need to be studied alongside the programme

This course can lead to careers within a farm setting, management of stock/crops and external organisations

You must be in employment and committed to a career in the agricultural industry. You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme to ensure that you are capable of achieving the outcomes and have an interest in this area of work.

You need one of the following:

  • Introductory Diploma in a related subject or
  • Three GCSEs at grade D (3) or above

You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1, as a minimum.

The broad purpose of the occupation is …
to support the operation of farm enterprises through maintaining a culture of health and safety, biosecurity, engaging with third parties, maintaining crop, animal handling and health, maintenance and cleanliness of machinery. The General Farm Worker will typically be required to drive farm vehicles and must hold the appropriate license. The individual will work alongside the supervisor, supporting daily operations for the farm enterprises including identifying and maintaining animal or plant health performance, conducting routine tasks and assisting with general record keeping practices. The individual will manage the storage of forage and crop, minimising waste and disposing of necessary waste appropriately. Animal welfare and risk awareness and prevention are integral to this occupation.

A General Farm Worker is likely to specialise in Livestock or Crop. This Apprenticeship Standard takes a core and options approach. All apprentices will complete the core and must select the one most appropriate option to their role: Livestock Worker or Crop Worker. 
You will learn a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours.  Please find an outline on the Institute for Apprenticeships website:
General farm worker / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education


You will learn practically through on the job training, and theoretically through one day a week attendance at college

You are required to wear protective clothing and to have suitable tools and equipment. 

You will be advised at your interview about these and any other additional costs.

You will be assessed throughout your programme completing an online portfolio that will be monitored, with the inclusion of completing an NPTC and first aid qualification.

You will undertake an End-point assessment at the end of the programme once you reach Gateway

You can progress to a:

  • L3 agriculture programme or apprenticeship

You can also advance your career within employment in the agricultural industry.

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: January 13, 2022 10:36 am