ABC Level One Certificate/Diploma in Practical Countryside Skills -Agriculture and Countryside (14-16 Programme)

ABC Level One Certificate/Diploma in Practical Countryside Skills -Agriculture and Countryside (14-16 Programme)

About the course

This course provides the skills necessary to either work within the land-based industry or to move onto a full-time College course. The course covers large animals, crops, land management and machinery over the two years. You will learn the theory behind many of the practical skills that are taught and practiced during the course.

Assessment will be carried out in different ways depending on the module and the topic. These will include practical assessments, online tests, case studies and projects. Students will complete a certificate qualification in year one and a diploma qualification in year 2.

Course modules

Year 1

Adopt good bio-security practices at work

This unit will able you to assist with maintaining appropriate levels of bio-security in the workplace, including personal hygiene and correct selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Assist with preparing and maintaining livestock accommodation

This unit will allow you to assist with preparing livestock (large animals) accommodation, including any required cleaning to appropriate hygiene levels, providing bedding or other necessary requirements and always meeting the requirements of healthy and safe working.

Assist with the movement and handling of farm animals

This unit will able you to assist with the movement and handling of animals and comply with health and safety requirements.

Care of animals

Within this unit, you will develop confidence and skills that are required daily on livestock farms through a range of tasks associated with observation, safe moving, treating, cleaning and preparing a new environment for farm animals.

Hedgelaying

The purpose of this unit is to enable you to understand the basic history and purpose of hedge laying and develop the basic skills needed to lay a hedge.

Identify weeds

The aim of this unit is to enable you to develop the knowledge required to identify weeds from within either / and arable and grassland fields using nationally accepted common names or botanical names.

Planting and staking a tree

This unit provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for and plant a tree; provide immediate aftercare and clear up after the planting operation is over.

Principles of good biosecurity

You will be able to describe appropriate levels of bi-security in the workplace, including personal hygiene and correct selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including appropriate health and safety requirements.

Year 2

Introduction to crop systems

Agriculture encompasses a range of enterprises with both livestock and arable farms involved in the production of different crops involving various techniques. This unit provides an introduction into chosen cropping system.

Assist with preparation and monitoring of livestock outdoors

The unit will allow you to be able to describe preparing outdoor sites to receive livestock, including providing water and checking the condition of feed if necessary. Monitoring of the condition of boundaries is also required and appropriate health and safety requirements.

Carry out tractor operations

The unit covers the principles and practices of the procedures for operating a tractor effectively under a range of conditions.

Recognise a healthy farm animal

This unit will enable you to demonstrate their ability to recognise a healthy farm animal.

Weigh farm animals

This unit will demonstrate your ability to weigh and record weights of a farm animal.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Students need to be 14 or over and have functional English, Maths and Science skills

Learning and assessment

Assessment will be carried out in different ways depending on the module and the topic. These will include practical assessments, online tests, case studies and projects. Students will complete a certificate qualification in year one and a diploma qualification in year two.

Progression

Students who successfully complete the course may wish to study full time at Myerscough or at another college. Apprenticeships are also available through the College.

Special requirements

Protective clothing should include boiler suit, work gloves, waterproof coat, waterproof trousers and sensible outdoor footwear. Steel toe capped boots/wellingtons. Tetanus vaccination up to date.

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Steel toe-capped boots or wellington boots – approx. £25

Protective overalls – approx. £25

Waterproof coat and leggings – approx. £50

Hi visibility bib – approx. £10

Costs that are optional for the course:

There may be an opportunity to go on day trips to shows and farms.

Agriculture

Myerscough College is one of the leading institutions for Agriculture in the UK. Our courses will help prepare you for a career in the industry, by combining relevant background skills with the knowledge of crop and livestock technology as well as business enterprise.

There is currently a significant demand for highly trained and well educated professionals to enter the industry. This has been fuelled by the increasing awareness that food production, farming, tourism, the environment and rural affairs are all interconnected.

They say: Nicola Chappelhow

"Myerscough gave me a great understanding of different types of agriculture and set me up nicely for my job as a milk recorder."

 

Alumni – Oliver McEntyre

To anyone looking to study Agriculture or Countryside at Myerscough College, I’d say go, embrace it & leave with the knowledge that the qualification will stay with you for the rest of your career and open doors that might not have been opened without the time and experience Myerscough offers.

Meet Oliver