The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture will see you improve and broaden your scientific and farming knowledge. Taught by experienced tutors with relevant industry experience, and delivered in partnership with Whirlow Hall Farm Trust this course will give you knowledge of farm animal production and plant and animal husbandry. You will also have the opportunity to develop your practical skills through study days at Whirlow Hall Farm, regular study visits to animal establishments and 2 work placements.
The course gives you a chance to improve and broaden your scientific and farming knowledge and covers various aspects of the agriculture industry.
The course is taught through theory and practical sessions that are dispersed throughout the course. The programme is delivered in partnership with Whirlow Hall Farm Trust and you will spend 1 day per week at the farm as part of your studies.
You will also be required to complete 6 weeks of work experience throughout the year. This is arranged as two blocks during the year. Whilst you are on work placement you will be required to attend your placement Monday to Friday, for the hours the placements state. Some farms may want you to start at 8.00am and/or work over the weekends. Work experience is not optional, it is a compulsory part of the course. If you do not complete your placements you will not be able to achieve the qualification.
You are also expected to study Functional Skills or GSCEs in English and Maths where necessary.
Key Areas of Study
All units are assessed and graded (Pass, Merit and Distinction) and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.
The units are assessed by a programme of assignments and practical work. There are no traditional exams, but this does mean that you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.
Students who achieve good grades could go onto study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture, which is also offered at the college.
A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture can help you to develop the skills you need to progress into careers working in farms, animal charities, zoos, animal collections, stud farms and many other areas of the animal care industry.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and who has a keen ambition to work with animals and an interest in farming and working outdoors.
Official Qualification Title
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture
You will need to purchase some overalls – the college can supply these for a cost of approximately £15. You will also need a pair of wellington or steel toe-capped boots. There is also the option to purchase an Animal Care & Management polo shirt.