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Agriculture Level 3 (City and Guilds)

Overview

WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE FUTURE OF FARMING. Our agriculture provision at Newton Rigg is design to develop the knowledge of anyone with an interest in Agriculture. To study agriculture at Newton Rigg College you don’t have to be from a farming background, in fact students come from a variety of backgrounds and locations. Our Agriculture and Land Management courses give students the practical skills to care for livestock, crops and machinery. They also study the science of growing crops and raising animals. Students also explore agriculture as a business, and habitat management. To gain an understanding of how UK Agriculture can be sustained both economically and environmentally. We have invested heavily in our farm resources across our colleges and offer students the opportunity to put theory into practice and gain valuable experience on livestock farms, in upland and lowland terrains.

Description

FACILITIES

The farms include Sewborwens Farm is located on the Newton Rigg Campus and just a short distance away is Lower Beckside Farm, our hill farm in Mungrisdale.

Our farms are an integral part of each college; they are well equipped with a wide selection of machinery and facilities for both commercial and educational purposes. 

The College has invested in a brand new £2.2 million Dairy Unit at Newton Rigg’s Sewborwens Farm, which officially opened in March 2014.  A further investment of £400k was spent at the Upland Unit, Beckside Farm in Mungrisdale developing a state of the art sheep facility.

 

WHY STUDY WITH US?

Celebrating 100% success on all Full time Agriculture courses at Newton Rigg in 2018 – 2019.

Situated next to the bustling market town of Penrith, and within a stones throw of The English Lakes, UNESCO World heritage site.  Newton Rigg is the ideal location for students wishing to live in a rural setting.  

Newton Rigg has excellent transport connections, sitting alongside the M6.  Penrith station on the West Coast Main line is well connected taking students North and East to Scotland and Newcastle.  South bound trains link to all national rail travel.  15minutes away is Langwathby Station with connections to Settle and Leeds.

 

COURSE CONTENT

Exam and synoptic assignment units.

  • Principles of health and safety 
  • Undertake and review work related experience in the land based industries
  • Land based industry machinery operations
  • Agricultural crop production
  • Plant and soil science
  • Undertake estate skills
  • Livestock husbandry, (Dairy, Beef, Sheep and Pigs).

Assignment units.

  • Dairy Production
  • Sheep Production
  • Beef Production.
  • Business management in the Land-Based sector.

 

ASSESSMENT

  • Health and Safety exam.
  • Paper exam.
  • Synoptic Assignment – assessing their knowledge and skills practically and theoretically.
  • 3 assignment based units.
  • Work Experience portfolio.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Students have to complete 315 hours of Work Experience on a farm alongside their study.

 

LEVEL 3 YEAR 2

 

Course content.

  • Exam and synoptic assignment units.
  • Farm animal health and nutrition
  • Farm animal science
  • All-Terrain vehicles and rough terrain telescopic forklifts
  • Pollution and waste control management

Assignment units.

  • Forage crop production
  • The principles of grassland management
  • Farm habitat management
  • Exploring improvements, opportunities for diversification and new business initiatives within the Land Based sector
  • Undertake a specialist project in the Land-Based sector

Assessment.

  • Paper exam.
  • Synoptic Assignment – assessing their knowledge and skills practically and theoretically.
  • 5 assignment based units.
  • Work Experience portfolio.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Students have to complete 315 hours of Work Experience on a farm alongside their study.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Successful completion of L3 year 1.

 

CAREER PATHWAYS

By studying in this department you will learn the relevant skills to work in the following roles:

  • Stockperson and herdsperson
  • Machine operators
  • Hedge layers and drystone wallers
  • Pest controllers and fence builders
  • Farm and estate management
  • Land agent
  • Agricultural consultants
  • Research and development roles
  • Agricultural specialists within DEFRA, Health and Safety Executive and AHDB.

 

*Alternative Year 2 Level 3 Pathways in Arable or Farm Mechanisation are available at York Only

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE's at Grade 4 (old GCSE Grade C) or above to include 2 from English, Maths and Science with at least a Grade 3 (old GCSE Grade D) in the remaining subject or Level 2 Diploma at Merit with English, Maths and Science at Level 2

Applicants must be able to evidence a period of practical work experience on a farm. Or be able to get some before starting the course.

Further Study

After successfully completing a Level 3 students may wish to continue their studies:

  • Degree in Agriculture.
  • Level 4 – Apprenticeship.
  • Degree in an allied subject area

Newton Rigg College,
Penrith,
Cumbria,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400
enquiries@newtonrigg.ac.uk