C&G Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies
Assistant to a Farm worker, Assistant to a general stock worker, Assistant to general arable worker. Assistant to a shepherd.
Looking for your start in the agricultural sector? This entry-level agriculture course is the perfect starting point.
Taught at our Houghall campus in the heart of Durham City centre, this course takes advantage of Houghall's stunning, multi-mullion pound agricultural centre and machinery, giving you all the tools, equipment and knowledge you need during your training.
The City and Guilds Level 1 Agriculture Diploma is a full-time study programme designed to help you develop the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the agricultural sector.
The vast amount of the course will be spent completing practical activities outdoors and in and around the Houghall farm, with a focus on building your skills through a portfolio. These practical sessions are supported by theory-based learning in the classroom too.
As an entry-level course, this route is ideal for those without any previous agriculture experience; there's no need to have worked previously on a farm to be involved with this course.
Maths and English is also studied alongside this programme.
Minimum Entry 3 in Maths and English
Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.
Health and Safety, Livestock, Machinery, Arable, Grassland, Estate Maintenance and Bio-security.
Portfolio based evidence with witness statements and photographic evidence.
1 Year, full time.
Houghall Campus, Durham
More important information about this course:
Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019
Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2019 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan
Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications
Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible
Free if you are employed and your income is less than £16,009.50
If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:
Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.
*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years
City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit https://www.cityandguildsgroup.com/bursaries
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Sep 2019 19:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually
We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:
'This College is well run and offers very good land based courses for many different people, the staff help you if you’re ever stuck, this College is great all round.'
'I have already made so much progress in this course although I have only been here just over a month and feel welcome here at all times.'
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