You will take part in hands-on lessons with farm animals, learn how to drive tractors and how to run a farm as a business. You will work with our various Partner Farms and Agri-Businesses in the Wolds and East Lindsey Area who grow a mixture of crops including wheat, barley and oilseed rape. As well as working with herds of award-winning pedigree cattle, and flocks of sheep. You will also have access to a range of farm machinery that you’ll get to learn with.
Our Diploma course leads onto Agriculture degree courses and future management or leadership positions. It is the equivalent of three A levels and accepted at all universities up and down the country. A Distinction in all Units is the equivalent of AAA at A Level and attracts the same UCAS points. Alternatively
Our Agriculture Diploma can lead to the following initial careers here in Lincolnshire:
• machinery salesperson- you could earn up to £27,000
• dairy herd manager- you could earn up to £30,000
• tractor driver- you could earn up to £30,000
• agronomist - you could earn up to £40,000
• feed company representative- you could earn up to £43,000
Year 1: Professional Working Responsibilities
In this module, you’ll study professional responsible working practices with a focus on health and safety, wellbeing, resource management and waste management in the land-based sectors.
Gain an understanding of how plants function. You’ll study different soils and examine how they help plants to grow and develop.
You’ll study many land-based machines used in agriculture, including how to safely operate, check and repair different machines.
Learn how agriculture fits in with its environment by investigating the impacts of different farming practices. Develop skills to do habitat and species surveys in order to plan and carry out habitat management.
Work Experience in the Land-Based Sectors
You will also develop communication and employability skills through study and work experience with prospective employers.
Gain an understanding of different crop species and learn how to successfully grow and care for crops.
You'll also study the care of farm animals and learn how to support the production of milk, meat and wool.
Year 2: Contemporary Issues in the Land-based Sectors
Learn about the role and responsibilities of those employed in land-based industries, and what resources are needed for a successful business, including staying up to date with emerging technologies and new methods of working.
You’ll learn about the purpose and day-to-day running of an agricultural business and develop skills to plan, monitor and supervise others working on the farm unit.
You’ll carry out a review of a business’ performance to identify and recommend changes to how it works in order to improve performance.
Learn how to build, repair and maintain habitat boundaries, structures and surfaces in the land-based sector. You’ll develop experience and confidence in using practical skills in a range of situations.
Gain an understanding of project management, including knowledge of health and safety and environmental legislation.
Develop skills and knowledge for working on a farm producing a range of root and vegetable crops.
This module will develop your skills in the care and feeding of cattle for beef production. You’ll develop an understanding of the breeding and production systems.
You’ll develop the knowledge and skills for dairy production and learn about animal welfare to gain skills in caring for and feeding cows, including practical tasks at a modern dairy unit.
In this module, you’ll study a range of forage crops, learning about their characteristics and how to harvest and store them. You’ll also learn about the value of forage crops for feeding farm animals.
How you are taught?
You will be taught by tutors who have real-life experience of working within the agricultural industry. You can expect the course to be split so that approximately 40% is practical work and 60% is theory work. You shoudl expect to be out of College for regular blocks of time
You will be taught through lectures, group discussions and practical demonstrations. You’ll also get to go on trips to different locations, including dairy and vegetable production farms and industry shows.
The course includes a work placement. This allows you to develop your skills and knowledge in agriculture by working on a farm, and looks good to future employers. You can work with our local farmers or places like Openfield and the National Farmers Union.
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed through written assignments, presentations, practical assessments, class tests and external exams.