This qualification is for you if you are 16-19 and looking to start a career within the agriculture and farming sector. Agriculture and food production is a thriving global industry that is essential to all our lives – without it, we wouldn’t eat. Farmers themselves are a vital part of the agricultural industry.
You may or may not have any previous experience in farming and this qualification could be the gateway to over 200 careers that are available in UK agriculture. Most jobs involve the outdoors in some way and it is a good match for people who like hands-on practical work. Whichever area of the industry you choose you are likely to operate the machinery of some kind, many of which use cutting-edge technology. Most importantly there are real opportunities to specialise and develop your skills as time goes on. You will have the chance to gain experience at the college farm as well as gain valuable industry experience with a range of guest speakers and educational visits.
This exciting and ever-changing industry needs talented, flexible people who are ready to take on a challenge. Every day is likely to be different and we need people that can problem-solve. Growing or rearing food on an industrial scale takes a lot of skill and dedication, helped along by technology and science. 70% of the jobs in the agricultural industry involve science, engineering or technology, everything from GPS, to drones and even robots. If you’re ambitious, there is real scope to progress in this industry.
This qualification is suitable if you are 16 years old, or over. You will gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working in an agricultural setting or progressing to further learning and training in this area.
You will need to gain a relevant work placement to complete the mandatory 150 hours of work experience as part of your qualification.
Assessment is by a combination of assignments, practical tests, and class presentations.