City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Agriculture

About the course

This Level 2 course will provide a comprehensive introduction to agriculture and the associated Industries. It is extremely popular with school leavers who wish to combine a practical based training programme with theoretical knowledge about farming. You will gain a broad understanding of agriculture, with a view to progressing to one of our Level 3 Diploma courses, or to start work in the agricultural/land-based industries.

Course modules

Year 1

Health and Safety for Land-Based Industries

A core unit about keeping safe in the workplace and minimising risk to yourself and others

Agricultural Power Units and Machinery Operation

Practical and theory on tractors and farm implements both driving and safely using

Crop Husbandry

An exploration of how to grow and look after crops to maximise farm yields

Farm Animal Production

A unit about how we farm and manage livestock. Includes theory around care and production cycles along with developing practical livestock skills

Farm Estate Maintenance

Practical skills and theory underpinning farm maintenance – hedges, walls, plumbing, building walls etc.

Physiology of Plants and Animals

A lab based session exploring science that underpins farming

Working in the Agricultural Industry

A unit of work placement twinned with career planning to help you achieve your dream job

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Learners are normally aged 16 or over with a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including English Language, or equivalent qualifications.

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.

Progression

Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Agriculture, learners may be able to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate.

Careers

Assistant Stockperson

Assistant Tractor Driver

General Farm Worker

Estate Worker

Special requirements

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 travel on study tours in the UK and day trips to shows and farms.

Work experience

Students will be expected to find their own placement although College will provide support and assistance as appropriate. Industry experience is assessed through College reports, a placement report and employer’s reference. Usually students undertake one day per week on placement.

Students will gain work experience on the college farm whilst at College and will also be required to gain some work experience during the holidays.

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