Agriculture SVQ2

What is special about this course?

This agricultural course aims to give entrants to the industry an understanding of husbandry techniques that have been developed over many years. The course also aims to develop the skills required to handle the many technical and financial aspects of farming. This course is mainly for young people entering the industry but is also suitable for mature students (depending on funding). Successful students will gain a SVQ level 2 in Agriculture and a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) certificate at the end of year 1.

Entry requirements

Must have full-time employment on a farm with a named employer/supervisor. All applicants should be fit and healthy.

All applicants will be interviewed to ascertain suitability for the course.

Applicants should have Core Skills at Intermediate 1 or National 4 level.

Candidates must complete a minimum of 12 units.

Students must complete the five core mandatory units:

  • Monitor and maintain health, safety and security
  • Devleop an awareness of environmental good practice
  • Agree how to manage and improve own performance in a business environment
  • Prepare and operate a tractor with attachments
  • Maintain the health and well-being of livestock

Students will also complete an additional seven units:

  • Prepare feed and water supplies for livestock
  • Monitor and maintain the care of livestock during and after parturition
  • Establish, monitor and maintain livestock within indoor accommodation
  • Prepare outdoor sites for livestock
  • Store and maintain harvested crops
  • Assist with the maintenance of equipment
  • Select and move animals from one location to another

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Block release

Students attend college for approximately 2 days per month, on a block release basis, and are employed and work on a farm the remainder of the time compiling a portfolio of evidence.

How long will my course last?

1 year block release

Where can I study my course?

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    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Progression to SVQ 3 Agriculture - Livestock or Mixed Farming

    Career in Agriculture

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    I want to start in 2023/24

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.