Course Information

Who is the course for?

This programme is offered to students who are employed full-time in the farming industry and who wish to study on a day release basis. The course provides the skills, knowledge and competence required by students planning to move into farm management and eventually run a business.

What does the course involve?

Whilst at work you will receive comprehensive training in the practical and theoretical aspects involved in the management of a farm/ farm enterprise. You will be visited in the workplace by an assessor to check on your progress and to ensure that you are building evidence towards your final qualification.

The programme includes generic business skills and depending on the type of farm also provides more specific higher level skills and knowledge relating to crops and livestock management. Students study two core components:

  • City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Work-based Agricultural Business Management (QCF)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Project Management for Land-based Industries (QCF)

What makes this course special?

This course offers you the opportunity to earn and learn, gaining the practical experience that is so greatly valued within the agricultural industry.

You will receive instruction and training from a range of experienced and qualified practitioners and have access to the modern agricultural and IT facilities at the College’s 200 Ha commercial farm and Agricultural Innovation Centre.

You will receive tutorial support and guidance throughout your training and have access to the same range of facilities available to the full time students.

Placements/Work Placements

You are required to be employed full-time within the farming industry whilst studying on the apprenticeship programme.

It is your responsibility to find employment, although the College may be able to offer some help. It is expected that when studying at Level 4 your job role will include some degree of responsibility at management level.

Entry Requirements

  • A relevant Level 3 qualification and the ablity to study at Level 4.
  • Practical experience and knowledge
  • A suitable job role (eg. Unit manager; assistant farm manager; farm manager)

What are the assessment methods?

Continual assessment both within the workplace and at College.

Assessment methods include:

  • Practical assessment in the workplace by a College assessor and the employer
  • Portfolio of evidence to demonstrate knowledge and competence
  • Projects and assignments

How long is the course?

Twenty-four months. This will be agreed with the Trainer/Assessor at enrollment, at the start of the programme.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Students are required to work in the industry four days a week and attend College one day a week on day release to receive underpinning knowledge to support their practical management training.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Students may have the opportunity to gain industry qualifications, eg. ATV; RTFL (telescopic handler) at a reduced price while studying on the apprenticeship programme. They are also encouraged to attend any relevant industry training events to update and expand their knowledge and skills.

What are the progression options?

Level  5 Foundation Degree in Agricultural Management at the University Centre Somerset (in partnership with Bridgwater & Taunton College).

Awarding Body

  • City & Guilds
  • Pearson

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