Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
Learners will learn to, use, maintain & store tools & equipment, following safe working practices
Carry out tractor operations
Learners will learn to prepare and operate a tractor and trailer.
Assist with the care of animals
Learners will be able to feed and water the animals, identify reproduction requirements and collect marketable animal products.
Preparing to work in the land-based industries
Learners will identify career routes within the land-based industries, and prepare CV and job applications
Assist with the maintenance of structures and surfaces in the countryside
Learners will assist in the maintenance of a stock-proof fence, gates and styles, and maintain an access route.
Assist with establishment of plants and sites in the countryside
Learners will prepare sites for planting, carry out plant protection and undertake management of small trees in woodland areas.
Introduction to wildlife and conservation
Learners will learn to recognise a range of habitats, plants and animal species found in the UK.
This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Students are normally aged 16 or over, academic qualifications are not essential, but some level of ability in Maths and English is important along with a keen interest in the subject. Some practical knowledge of agriculture is desirable.
Learning and assessment
Assessment of technical qualifications is a mixture of practical assessment of skills and written assignments marked internally by the teaching team, together with externally marked examinations that combine the knowledge of all mandatory units. The assessments and exams are spread throughout the course of the year.
Students who successfully complete the course may wish to study full time at Myerscough. Students may also enter an apprenticeship through college.
Agricultural supply business assistants
Protective clothing should include a boiler suit, work gloves, waterproof coat, waterproof trousers and sensible outdoor footwear. Steel toe capped boot/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 opportunity to go on daytrips to shows and farms.
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