Level 2 in Agriculture

This one year full-time City & Guilds Technical Certificate in Agriculture course covers a wide range of farm enterprises. It is ideal for those who want to work on a farm. Students will learn practical crop and livestock skills both on the college farms and in the classroom and also have the opportunity to undertake work experience one day per week.

Course content

The emphasis is on the application of skills and knowledge and over half of the course is practical. Students complete work experience one day per week for the duration of the course.

The main areas of study are:

  • Environmental and land-based business
  • Introduction to animal and plant husbandry
  • Introduction to farm animal production
  • Introduction to grass and forage crop production
  • Introduction to the principles of land-based machinery
  • Livestock skills
  • Tractor driving
  • Work experience in the land-based industries

Students who have not attained a Grade C or above in English and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent qualifications, have to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy and Literacy.

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This course may provide students with an opportunity to progress onto the City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture course or Level 3 Apprenticeship programme. After completing this course the majority of students are normally employed in the day-today operations on the farm.

Entry Requirements

Normally two Grade Cs or three Grade Ds at GCSE, including English and Mathematics or equivalent.

Preference will be given to applicants with English or Mathematics at Grade C or above plus the equivalent of one year’s relevant industry experience, which can be acquired prior to leaving school.

Entry requirements will be enhanced if the course is oversubscribed.

Key staff

Irene Downey

Irene Downey

FE Agriculture Courses Manager Agriculture,
Greenmount Campus

irene.downey@daera-ni.gov.uk