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Agriculture Certificate

Level 2 • Full-time • Bicton College


Without food we simply would not survive and the growing world population is making increasing demands on the agricultural industry and the people that work within it. Agriculture makes a significant contribution to the economy in the South West of England and provides a wide range of exciting job opportunities. Level 2 is an intermediate level programme equivalent to GCSE grade 5-9. The programme is aimed at individuals with a keen interest in agriculture and a desire to develop a greater understanding of the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the industry. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your confidence, agricultural knowledge and practical skills, alongside more general skills required to gain employment or to continue your academic study. Many of these skills will also be transferable to a range of other land based sectors to widen career opportunities. You will be learning from experienced agriculturalists both inside the classroom and on the college farm, it could be milking our herd of dairy cows, lambing our flock of sheep or ploughing a field before we plant our maize crop. You will spend some of your course time working alongside the farm staff, following the farm activities as you progress through the year, you could be selecting ewes for breeding in September, fencing in October, calving cows in February or shearing a ewe in May. You will have the opportunity to develop your confidence, knowledge and practical skills, alongside more general skills required to gain employment or to continue in education. As a level 2 course this diploma is all about introducing you to the agricultural industry or developing the skills that you already have to give you the very best opportunity to move onto a more technical agriculture course or enter the industry as an apprentice.

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Land-Based Studies (Agriculture) City & Guilds Diploma

Level 1 • Full-time • Bicton College


There are a wide range of exciting job opportunities available within the agricultural industry working with both livestock and machinery. The industry is in need of young, enthusiastic individuals that enjoy working both outside and inside and have a range of practical and employability skills. Our Level 1 course is a foundation programme aimed at individuals with a keen interest in agriculture and a desire to develop a greater understanding of the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the industry. Many of these skills will also be transferable to a range of other land based sectors, increasing your career opportunities. You will be learning from experienced agriculturalists both inside the classroom and on the college farm and could be milking our herd of dairy cows, lambing our flock of sheep or ploughing a field before we plant our maize crop. You will also spend some of your course time working alongside the farm staff and following the farm activities as you progress through the year. You could be selecting ewes for breeding in September, fencing in October, calving cows in February or shearing a ewe in May. This course will give you the opportunity to develop your confidence whilst gaining knowledge and practical skills. You will also learn more general skills required to gain employment or to continue in education. As a Level 1 course this diploma is all about introducing you to the agricultural industry and developing the skills that you already have to give you the very best opportunity to move onto a more technical agriculture course or enter the industry as an apprentice.

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Land-Based Studies (Countryside Conservation and Horticulture)

Level 1 • Full-time • Bicton College


This sector is all about sustaining, protecting and conserving the natural environment. So if you love the countryside, are passionate about its protection and conservation, and the livelihoods that rely on its existence, then this is the career for you. If you would love a career working outdoors then this course is ideal for you. Throughout your studies you will learn the skills and knowledge needed to manage land and wildlife and have the opportunity to go on field trips and work with numerous organisations such as the National Trust, Forestry England, Dartmoor National Park, RSPB and the Pebblebed Conservation Trust. With access to our beautiful farms and estates this course focuses on practical skills development, ensuring you are work ready when you finish your studies. Bicton College is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the grounds include an 8 acre wet woodland, numerous freshwater habitats, grassland, woodland, farmland and is home to many species including Dormice, Otters, Beavers, Barn Owls, Roe Deer, Grass Snakes, Common Lizards and Greater Horseshoe Bats.

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BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management (Top up)

Level 6 • Full-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


This one year top-up programme is designed for those who have completed an FdSc or HND or equivalent across a range of subjects and would like to progress to a full honours degree. This programme will enable you to develop your existing knowledge to encompass the planning and management skills required to run a successful enterprise. It is based on an analytical approach to problem-solving and communication. The programme is highly flexible allowing you to study, in detail, a chosen topic through an honours project and a selection of modules which are available in response to student demand. In some of your modules there will be opportunities for you to work closely with industry, businesses and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize winning Rural Business School. This progression to honours year allows you to either specialise or be more generic in your studies. Either way the support from a group of highly experienced staff will help your development and advance your business skills.

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Land-Based Studies (Countryside Conservation/ Horticulture)

Level 1 • Full-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


This sector is all about sustaining, protecting and using the natural environment. So if you love the countryside, are passionate about its protection and conservation, and the livelihoods that rely on its existence, then this is the career for you. This course is an ideal introduction to countryside and conservation studies, where you will learn the basic skills required to progress to further education in countryside and conservation, arboriculture or horticulture.

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BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management (Top up)

Level 6 • Part-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


This one year top-up programme is designed for those who have completed an FdSc or HND or equivalent across a range of subjects and would like to progress to a full honours degree. This programme will enable you to develop your existing knowledge to encompass the planning and management skills required to run a successful enterprise. It is based on an analytical approach to problem-solving and communication. The programme is highly flexible allowing you to study, in detail, a chosen topic through an honours project and a selection of modules which are available in response to student demand. In some of your modules there will be opportunities for you to work closely with industry, businesses and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize winning Rural Business School. This progression to honours year allows you to either specialise or be more generic in your studies. Either way the support from a group of highly experienced staff will help your development and advance your business skills.

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FdSc Agriculture

Level 5 • Part-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


This agriculture programme widens your knowledge of the agricultural industry, with a view to managing agricultural operations after graduation. The programme provides a thorough understanding of modern farming production systems and an in-depth knowledge of the underlying scientific and technological principles. The FdSc Agriculture is delivered using a combination of approaches to enable the acquisition of required academic knowledge. Practical farm management is also integral and the programme benefits from industry-wide support. This course is available with a Science Gateway. Which is ideal for those who would like to study any of the science-based Foundation Degrees (FdSc) we offer, but don’t have the right qualifications or grades to do so.

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