This one-year programme designed for school leavers will introduce students to the basics of machinery, crop and animal husbandry and will develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to work on a modern farm.
Many students go on from this course to the BTEC National in Agriculture. There is also the opportunity to gain a range of additional qualifications. You will also have the opportunity to stay in our Welsh Centre and experience a working hill farm.
These are a group of level 2 qualifications which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your farming knowledge and skills.
Level 2 Certificate: you complete 2 subjects to study
Level 2 Extended Certificate: you complete 4 subjects to study
Level 2 Diploma: you complete all 6 subjects to study
Offered at either Plumpton or Netherfield
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4 days per week for 1 year
Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.
From May 2017, you will pay 10% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (90%), up to the funding band maximum.
While I was at Plumpton I soon found that I was particularly interested in dairy farming. In my middle year I had the chance to truly hone my skills as part of a farming business, which has certainly made me more employable.
Come and discover our excellent agriculture facilities at Plumpton - set in the backdrop of the beautiful South Downs. You’ll find the latest state of the art equipment plus all the different types of farmland for you to experience here at Plumpton.
- Lots of space for you to work in
Our 780-hectare commercial farming estate gives you the opportunity to experience different livestock and arable farming.
- The latest equipment for you to discover
We’ve got a modern 300 cow dairy unit complete with 36:36 Herringbone milking parlour where you’ll gain hands-on experience.
- An extensive range of livestock for you to experience
You’ll get to work with our Sussex beef cattle, sow pig unit plus our extensively managed flock of 550 sheep.
- The perfect environment for you to study
You’ll enjoy practical lessons where you’ll gain hands-on farming experience in our modern classrooms and farming sites.
Following satisfactory completion of the full Diploma programme, students may progress on to the BTEC Level 3 Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma (1 year), Diploma (2 year) or Extended Diploma (3 years).
This course could also provide entry in to an apprenticeship in Agriculture or full-time farm work such as assistant herdsperson, estate worker, machinery operator or general farm worker with crops or livestock.
Indicative Programme Content
- Tractor driving
- Machinery operation
- Introduction to animal & plant husbandry
- Workshop skills
- Estate skills
- Industry experience*
- Environment and land based business*
- Farm animal production
- English & maths
(*compulsory units for Diploma only)
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