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C&G Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

Following successful completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector as a farmer, general farm worker, shepherd/shepherdess, farm machinery technician, a retail assistant in an agricultural merchant or a herdsperson. Further on in your career development you may consider being an agricultural engineer or an agricultural machinery driver.

Overview of the course: 

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical topics that are taught on the Houghall estate. The Houghall estate comprises a mix of grassland, woodland and arable land and houses a variety of sheep, pigs, cows and chickens which you will work with during your time on the college course.

Your study programme timetable will consist of the following vital elements: maths and English, agriculture units (listed below), tutorial and work experience. Depending on your previous qualifications in maths and English, you will study either functional skills or GCSE.

Work experience is a vital element of the course and you will spend 4 weeks with an employer enabling you to experience working within the agricultural industry.

Entry requirements: 

Direct Entry: 3 x GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including Maths, English and Science.
Progressive entry: Level 1 in a land-based subject and a minimum of Entry 3 maths and English. Attendance at 85%+ for previous year and satisfactory standards of behaviour. 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.

Topics: 

Units & topics covered in the course include;

(201) Work Experience
(202) Land-Based Business
(204) Farm animal production
(206) Land based machinery
(208) Tractor driving
(210) Grass and forage crop production
(216) Estate Maintenance and safe working on farms

Please note individual units are subject to change.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course with written assignments and practical assessments.

Further study options after this course: 

Progression options following successful completion of this course may enable you to progress into an apprenticeship in agriculture or a level 3 course in a related subject such as animal care.

Length of the course: 

1 Year, full time.

Campus: 

Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:

Fees: 

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019.

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:

£2357.50

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 (18 Jul 2019 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

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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How to apply: 

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