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.
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?
Further education tuition fees
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.
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. Further information can be found at https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-learning-accounts-ila
What can I do on completion of my course?
Progression to SVQ 3 Agriculture - Livestock or Mixed Farming
Career in Agriculture
Is there more information available online?
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