City and Guilds National Certificate in Agriculture

Sparsholt College
In Winchester

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Important information

Typology Vocational qualification
Location Winchester
Duration 12 Months
  • Vocational qualification
  • Winchester
  • Duration:
    12 Months
Description

The one-year course in general agriculture is designed to enable students to acquire training in practical farming skills together with the associated technical grounding. It is designed to produce agricultural craftspeople and to enable them to work effectively and efficiently in the farming industry.

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Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Winchester
Westley Lane, Sparsholt, SO21 2NF, Hampshire, England
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Starts On request
Location
Winchester
Westley Lane, Sparsholt, SO21 2NF, Hampshire, England
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Course programme


City & Guilds National Certificate in Agriculture
The one-year course in general agriculture is designed to enable students to acquire training in practical farming skills together with the associated technical grounding. It is designed to produce agricultural craftspeople and to enable them to work effectively and efficiently in the farming industry.

The course programme, of which approximately half is based on practical work, includes the following topic areas:
  • Effective working practices
  • Tractor operation & maintenance
  • Crop establishment
  • Pig husbandry
  • Sheep husbandry
  • Dairy husbandry
  • Livestock husbandry
  • Arable crop husbandry
  • Machinery operation
  • Grassland and forage crop husbandry

The College farm is used as a teaching resource and for the further development and consolidation of the students' practical skills. Students also visit a number of local farms and businesses to further broaden their experience and their understanding of the agricultural industry. There is also a period of work experience that can be used to further develop skills and knowledge.

Key skills

In accordance with the needs of industry, the candidate will also undertake key skills on the NCA course. These will further develop information technology, numeracy and communication skills, and are fully integrated into the course assessment and reading programmes.

Additional skills and qualifications

When your learning agreement is discussed with your tutor early in the first term, you will be advised of extra skills and qualifications which are built into the course programme. These secondary learning goals are selected on the basis of their importance to the industry/career in which you are interested. They will contribute to your employability and will enhance your CV. They may include a Health and Safety Certificate, ATV and a Rough Terrain Forklift Certificate.

Employment and career prospects

Employment opportunities for those candidates possessing good practical skills, initiative and self-organisation are excellent, especially as the industry is currently experiencing a shortage of young skilled operators.The course is specially designed to meet practical needs and produce good livestock or machinery operators.

Preferred entry requirements

Whilst there is no specific pre-course requirement for practical experience, students will undoubtedly benefit from a significant period of experience of up to a year or, alternatively, an NVQ Level 1 Landbased Operations course or equivalent.

Course Facts at a glance:
Duration:
12 Months

Tutor:
Jo Britton , BSc (Hons) PGCE


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