Agriculture Technical Diploma Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This practical-based course is designed to give you a good understanding of all aspects of agriculture and help you to secure a career in this fast moving industry. It provides an excellent foundation so you can progress on to higher vocational qualifications related to the agricultural industry including apprenticeships and the Level 3 Extended Diploma to further develop your skills and knowledge.

This qualification incorporates a wide range of agricultural activities such as working with livestock and operating machinery. You will learn using a variety of activities including group work, information gathering from sources outside College, use of periodicals, newspapers, oral presentations and peer group assessment.

The course consists of six main areas of study:

  • Introduction to working in land-based industries
  • Introduction to plant and soil science
  • Agriculture work placement
  • Machinery operations in agriculture
  • Livestock husbandry
  • Grass and forage crop production
  • Farming and agricultural estate maintenance

Youwill have the opportunity to undertake at least 150 hours of work experience that willinclude a mixture of industrial work placements and College farm work experience.

The College has its own 200 hectare commercial farm, which you will work on to develop your agricultural skills. During farm duties you will be developing your agricultural skills whilst assisting the farm staff in both the day-to-day operations and seasonal operations.

During the year you will also visit relevant trade shows, commercial farms and attend talks by a range of industry experts.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through coursework in the form of written assignments, presentations and practical work.

Progression Options

You could progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture (Mechanisation/Livestock) or Apprenticeship in Agriculture. Alternatively, you could find full-time employment in the industry.

Course Summary

Course Title Agriculture Technical Diploma Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 2 range including English and maths or a Level 1 qualification. Course entry is subject to an initial assessment in English and maths in order to determine the appropriate level of study, and a successful interview is required.

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I love the farm duties and working with the animals. It's brilliant here. I've made lots of friends, gained in confidence and now have knowledge of all areas of farming.

Josie Dowding

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