This BTEC Extended Diploma is a three year course, designed to provide the knowledge and skills essential for a career in the land-based sector. The course combines practical skills on the college farms, classroom theory and one year of industry work experience.
The main areas of study are:
- Agricultural environments
- Animal health
- Beef, sheep and dairy production
- Business management
- Estate skills
- Grassland management
- Investigative project
- Land-based machinery operations
- Land-based workshop practice
- Livestock husbandry
- Principles of plant and soil science
- Work-related experience in the land-based industries
Plus four of the following optional units:
- Business planning
- Crop production
- Livestock breeding and nutrition
- Organic production
- Pollution control
During Year 2, students undertake a 52 week work placement and develop skills in commercial decision making, enterprise management and problem solving.
Progression opportunities and career destinations
This course may provide students with an opportunity to progress onto the Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Technology or the Honours Degree in Agricultural Technology. There is a wide range of employment opportunities for graduates. These include supervisory posts in the feed, agrochemical and fertiliser sectors as well as herd and farm management roles.