Level 3

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Technological advances in agriculture have increased in recent years, bringing with it a diverse range of careers that may not be associated with driving tractors in a field.  From drones and robots to genetic engineering and vertical cultivating, the industry needs skilled workers to meet the demands of this ever-changing sector.

This Level 3 advanced apprenticeship, is an ideal progression from the initial Level 2 programme and will allow the student to gain skills to work in a junior supervisory role within the sector.

What’s covered?

Develop the agricultural abilities and advance knowledge and understanding of practices relating to livestock and crop production.  Build on the skills already gained at Level 2 and further develop agricultural abilities.

Covering the following modules:

  • Animal health
  • Nutrition
  • Handling
  • Farm machinery
  • Forage crops and grassland
  • Breeding and genetics (dairy option only)
  • Dairy mechanisation (dairy option only)
  • Soil science (mixed farming option only)
  • Crop production (mixed farming option only)

How will I learn?

Learners will attend College one day per week over 24 months and will also be visited in the workplace by an assessor to check on their progress and to ensure that they are building evidence towards the final qualification.

How is it assessed?

Continual assessment both within the workplace and at College.  Assessment methods include:

  • Practical assessment in the workplace by a College Assessor and the Employer
  • Written assessments at College (short answer style questions and tests).

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Entry Requirements:

You will need an employer who would like to take you on as an apprentice. If you haven't found a suitable employer, we will offer you guidance on applying for jobs and interviewing techniques.

You will also attend college for a minimum number of set hours each week. 

You will have ideally have achieved GCSE grades A-E or equivalent. If you have an equivalent qualification, we will also take this into consideration, along with any industry experience you may have. 

Practical experience and enthusiasm and commitment to learning about agriculture.

Preferably GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Maths plus Level 2 Apprenticeship in Agriculture.

Students complete an initial assessment at College which will help ensure that they are guided towards the appropriate programme and offered any necessary support with their learning

Dates & Location:

Three starting points – September, January and May

Duration:

Three starting points – September, January and May

Every Wednesday for 24 months. 

Costs:

Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.

From April 2019, you will pay 5% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (95%), up to the funding band maximum.

Future Opportunities

You would be able to go onto a Foundation Degree in Agriculture or a job role such as:

Farm Manager; Commercial Sales Representative; Herds Manager, Self-employed Contractor

Starting Salary

£17,000 - £25,000

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