About the course
Our Level 2 Technical Certificate in Agriculture is a great opportunity to allow you to retake your maths and English GCSEs required for you to progress to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma. You will also develop knowledge and practical skills with livestock, crops and machinery through a mix of classroom and practical activities. You will engage with the farming community through visits and work experience.
Why choose Brackenhurst
At Brackenhurst we are passionate about the future of UK Agriculture. Our mission is to make you industry-ready and career-focused individuals, so that you can take the industry forward. Brackenhurst is set in stunning countryside just a bus ride away from Nottingham city centre. We are part of Nottingham Trent University. We offer college courses alongside our degree courses, all taught by our skilled, experienced and supportive staff.
At Brackenhurst we have a mixed farm with beef, sheep and arable enterprises on our 200-hectare estate. You’ll also have access to incredible facilities. These include an animal unit, farm facilities, equestrian centre, laboratories, library and gardens and fields that are overflowing with plants and wildlife. Studying with us means that you’ll be a part of an amazing learning environment. You get all the perks of being part of a big university, but you will still enjoy the comforts of a friendly college.
We have limited on-site accommodation available for students studying on this course. Please contact us for more details.
Brackenhurst is easy to get to. We’re just 14 miles from Nottingham city centre, next to the town of Southwell. Find out more about getting here.
What you'll study
This course will provide you with the opportunity to work outdoors with farm animals, study crops and learn to drive machinery, with support from your course leader and industry experts.
Introduction to Working in Land-based Industries
In this module, you will explore key job roles in land-based industries and the exciting activities these include. You will learn about the professional behaviour and conduct to use when working in land-based industries and the health and safety legislation that affects the way we work within the land-based industries. You will study diversification and sustainability to give you the knowledge and understanding required for this and to enable you to work responsibly to protect the environment.
Introduction to Plant and Soil Science
In this module, you will learn just how amazing plants are and what they need to survive. You will explore internal structures of plants from cells to transport systems and external plant structures including stems, roots, leaves and flowers, looking at their functions and characteristics. You will also investigate soil types, texture, structure, pH, nutrients and care.
Machinery Operations in Agriculture
In this module, you will explore the range of machinery used for a wide variety of agricultural activities across arable and livestock production. You will develop the skills to identify the correct equipment to be used, to carry out initial preparation and routine maintenance, and to be able to operate machinery safely so that tasks may be completed effectively.
Farming and Agricultural Estate Management
In this module, you will learn how to carry out inspections, and select, use and maintain tools, equipment and materials to carry out estate tasks safely and efficiently, centred on livestock and crop farming. You will learn how to work to a standard expected in industry and be able to review your work, identifying improvements. This module is synoptic which means you must use the skills and knowledge developed from all other modules and you will find that the tasks you undertake will link to work you have completed elsewhere on the qualification.
In this module, you will learn how to recognise some of the different crops grown in the UK as well as the products that come from them. You will develop your understanding of crop establishment techniques, crop planting and nutrient supply, and learn how to monitor their growth before looking at how they are stored. You will safely use machinery and equipment to carry out establishment techniques, to maintain crop health and to prepare for the storage of harvested crops.
In this module, you will develop the practical skills and experiences needed to work with livestock safely and confidently, including working with sometimes large – and sometimes unpredictable – animals. You will learn how to ensure that high standards of animal welfare are maintained in farming environments at all times and the importance that farming stakeholders and the public attach to this. You will also improve your knowledge and understanding of the purposes of good farm livestock husbandry.
Agriculture Work Placement
In this module, you will learn new skills and experience, hands-on, what it is like to apply this learning to the agricultural sector. You will have the time to develop these skills, enabling you to perform confidently and to a high standard, and apply them in a working environment. You will look for, and take part in, a work placement which is, ideally, in an agricultural industry that appeals to you.
In our last Ofsted assessment we received a ‘good’ grade with some outstanding features.
How you’re taught
You’ll learn in our fantastic facilities and be taught by tutors who have real-life experience of working within the agricultural industry. You can expect the course to be split so that approximately 40% is practical work and 60% is theory work.
You will be taught through lectures, group discussions and practical demonstrations. You’ll also get to go on trips to different locations, including dairy and vegetable production farms and industry shows such as LAMMA and Cereals.
The course includes a work placement. This allows you to develop your skills and knowledge in agriculture by working on a farm, and looks good to future employers. You can work with local farmers or places like Openfield and the National Farmers Union.
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed through written assignments, presentations, practical assessments, class tests and external exams.
Careers and employability
After completing this course there are a number of options and routes that you can take. You could choose to continue your studies and go onto a higher education course or pursue a career in an agriculture-related industry.
Future jobs within the agricultural industry include:
- machinery salesperson - you could earn up to £27,000
- dairy herd manager - you could earn up to £30,000
- tractor driver - you could earn up to £30,000
- agronomist - you could earn up to £40,000
- feed company representative - you could earn up to £43,000
If you are successful and achieve the right combination of results, you’ll also be able to progress on to one of our degrees right here at NTU’s Brackenhurst Campus.
In 2019 our college courses had a 100% pass rate.
For 2020 entry you'll need:
- Four GCSEs including maths and English at grade 3 / D or above.
- Students with grade 3 / D in maths and/or English will need to complete maths and/or English Language GCSE retakes as a mandatory part of your study programme.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
You will also be required to attend an interview.
Applications are welcome from mature and international students.
Getting in touch
If you need any more help or information, please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299.
We welcome applications from international students. Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 to discuss how your qualifications match our course requirements.
How to apply
Applying is really easy. Follow our step-by-step guide below.
Fill in an application form
- Download an application form. Remember to show your passion for your chosen subject in your personal statement.
- Provide contact details for two referees - usually one teacher from your current School or College and one character reference which could refer to any volunteering, work experience or hobbies you may have (i.e. Sea Scouts, sports clubs etc.). Alternatively, this can be a long standing family friend or neighbour.
Come for an interview
- If you meet the criteria for the course, we’ll invite you in for an interview. We’ll send you details of what will happen on the day in advance through the post. Don’t panic! Our tutors are really friendly and will help you to do your best.
Get your offer
- We’ll write to you and let you know how you got on at the interview. Hopefully we’ll be able to offer you a place on the course. This offer might be conditional on your upcoming exam results – for example GCSEs.
Accept your offer
- You need to tell us that you want to accept your offer of a place by returning your confirmation slip to us or calling us on 0115 848 5299.
Get your exam results
- If you’re taking GCSEs, you’ll get your results on Thursday 20 August 2020. Other exam results will also come out over the summer. Once you’ve got your results you need to let us know what they are. Then we can confirm your place.
Start at Brackenhurst
- We’ll send out all the information you need to start with us in the post at the end of August. We hold an enrolment day in the first week of September. This allows you to get your student ID and start meeting your new friends and tutors.
Just drop us a line – we’re here to help every step of the way. You can email us or give us a call on 0115 848 5299.
Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.
Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 for more information on how to apply.
Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.
Fees and funding
If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a Level 2 or 3 course
There are no course fees if you’re aged under 19 on 31 August of the year you start your course.
If you are aged 19+ and applying for a Level 2, Level 3 or Access to Higher Education course
If you’re studying your first full Level 3 or Access to Higher Education qualification you may be eligible for free tuition. You will still need to pay the registration fee applicable for your course.
If you are applying for the Level 2 qualification or have already completed a full Level 3 qualification, tuition and registration fees will apply.
To cover the cost of tuition when applying for a Level 3 and Access to Higher Education qualification, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the UK Government. It is easy to apply, your household income is not taken into account and there is no credit check. You will not have to pay anything back until your income is over £25,000.
Please visit fees and funding information for more information.
Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 for more information on fees and funding.