It’s an exciting time to step into the agriculture industry, a dynamic and increasingly technical sector and one of the UK’s biggest employers.
This programme includes a broad range of units to enable you to develop the knowledge and technical skills required to work this area.
You’ll focus on agricultural land management, livestock production and crop production. Areas of study include plant and soil science, farm livestock husbandry, crop production, machinery operations and estate skills. The programme enables you to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a range of agricultural work including arable and livestock production, machinery operations, business management and agricultural science.
All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies
What you'll learn
This programme focuses on agriculture with a strong focus on crop and livestock management throughout. In addition you will develop practical skills involved in animal handling and crop protection.
At Merrist Wood, studying a qualification in Agriculture will allow you to benefit from:
- Passionate, dedicated staff with strong industry links.
- Chance to get involved with estate management.
- 400 acre outdoor classroom including woodlands, wetland and grasslands.
- Fully functioning farm with rare breed sheep and cows, pigs, goats, llamas, chickens, ducks and more.
- Well-equipped workshops and machinery with instruction by subject-specialist staff.
It is suitable for those who are clear they want to enter employment in the agricultural sector.
How you'll learn and be assessed
This programme is aimed at those interested in plant and animal production, and the management of environments. It covers units on animal anatomy and physiology, plant science and soil science.
You will be required to complete 150 hours of related work experience.
Written and practical based assignments
At least four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths and English, or a relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit or above.
You will need to be comfortable working with a range of animals and will need to pass the reference and interview process.