National Diploma Agriculture (Certificate option)

Reaseheath College
In Nantwich

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Typology Vocational qualification
Location Nantwich
Duration 3 Years
  • Vocational qualification
  • Nantwich
  • Duration:
    3 Years
Description

This well recognised three-year sandwich course (middle year industrial experience) is equivalent to 3 A Levels and is designed to give you an all-round knowledge of the agricultural industry. The course includes practical farming on the college estate, classroom theory and business management. Many of our agriculture students progress into Higher Education, proving that our National Diploma in.

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Nantwich
Reaseheath, CW5 6DF, Cheshire, England
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Location
Nantwich
Reaseheath, CW5 6DF, Cheshire, England
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· Requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) Maths and/or Science and English preferred Apprenticeship in Agriculture with Functional Skills

Course programme

National Diploma Agriculture (Certificate option)

Introduction
This well recognised three-year sandwich course (middle year industrial experience) is equivalent to 3 A Levels and is designed to give you an all-round knowledge of the agricultural industry.
The course includes practical farming on the college estate, classroom theory and business management. Many of our agriculture students progress into Higher Education, proving that our National Diploma in Agriculture provides an excellent route to a degree.
The two year National Certificate in Agriculture offers the same practical and theoretical training as the national diploma but does not include the year of work experience. It is equivalent to 2 A Levels and is designed to give you a sound knowledge and experience of the agricultural industry. Both courses require you to commit to periodic college farm experience weeks.

About the course
The first year of the national diploma concentrates on the basic principles of agriculture, plant and animal science, principles of machinery and estate skills. You will have the opportunity to work on all the enterprises on the college farm, including the world-famous Genus MOET herd.
The second year of industrial experience is an essential opportunity to gain an insight into the daily management of a working farm. The college has an extensive list of work placement providers across the UK.
During your third year, you will take part in management exercises leading to the production of farm business plans. You will also concentrate on specific farm enterprises such as sheep production, dairy production and crop production.

The course includes
  • Stock duties
  • Animal husbandry
  • Crop husbandry
  • Agricultural science
  • Environmental issues
  • Business planning
  • Fabrication, welding and mechanics
  • Defra legislation
  • Study tours
  • Practical skill instruction
  • Functional skills in Maths, English or ICT


Length of the course
  • National Diploma 3 year sandwich (year 2 in industry)
  • National Certificate 2 years

What qualifications will I gain?
  • National Diploma/Certificate in Agriculture
  • Additional training is provided in a number of disciplines and students can work towards one of the NPTC qualifications below:
    - All Terrain Vehicle
    - Tractor Driving
    - Veterinary Medicine Certificate
    - Transportation of Livestock Certificate
  • Functional skills in Maths, English or ICT

Course options after this programme
  • BSc Degree in Agriculture (or associated course)
  • Foundation Degree/HNC in Dairy Herd Management or Mixed Farming

Career options
  • Farm manager
  • Commercial sales representative
  • Head herdsperson
  • Self-employed contractor



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