Harry, Agriculture Level 2

Meet Harry, Agriculture Level 2 Student. Harry shares what a day in the life looks like for an Agriculture student at Merrist Wood and how the course is helping him reach his goals.


How did you decide to go to Merrist Wood College?

I’d heard lots of good reviews about it from friends that had been here. So I came here for the Open Event and had a general look around, to see the animals and everything seemed really interesting. It’s local to me as well.

I definitely wanted to do something along the Farming lines and the Agriculture course suited me best.

What is it like to study Agriculture?

It’s great, I’m always outside and there’s lots of practical work so you’re not always in the classroom writing.

On a Wednesday afternoon, we normally feed the animals, put them to bed, make sure they’ve got food, water, hay and all of their essential stuff. Sometimes we brush the animals, make sure they’re OK and do health checks and things like that.

My favourite animal to take care of on the farm is the pygmy goats. I most look forward to seeing friends, having good lessons, seeing the animals and doing things outside. I spend a lot of time in the café, the courtyard and the farm and I’m really enjoying my time here.

Staff are really encouraging and supportive. You can get 1:1’s if you need them, and there’s also student support in the Harris Centre and you can go there and they can help you.

How do you think your course is helping you with future job opportunities?

I’m starting work experience on Saturday. It’s on a small holding in Dorking. My main activities will include caring for the animals. Hopefully it will help me with finding a job afterwards.

In the future, I definitely want to do something to do with farming. Preferably in a small holding, which is like a smaller farm with lots of animals and doesn’t include cattle.

I want to stay on to do Level 3 in Agriculture. It will be great to show my background to employers because I’ve chosen a course that is specific to farming and agriculture which is what I want to focus on.

What advice would you give to students who are applying to do agriculture?

Make sure you pick the right course, find out the information and go from there. I would recommend my course – everything gets explained really well, and it’s always organised.