Agriculture - Livestock SVQ3

What is special about this course?

This course normally provides a progression route from SVQ 2 but can be studied as a stand alone course. Students also enrol onto the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship and will benefit from obtaining three nationally recognised certificates or enhancements as part of the two year course.

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 2 or National 5 level.

Students complete a minimum of 14 units.

Students must complete the following 6 mandatory units:

  • Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security
  • Communicate in a business environment
  • Maintain and store records within the workplace
  • Implement and monitor site hygiene and bio-security
  • Plan and manage the health and welfare of livestock
  • Develop and implement plans for the storage and utilisation of organic by-products

Students will also complete the following 8 units:

  • Plan and manage grass and forage harvesting and storage
  • Provide, monitor and maintain the supply of feed and water to livestock
  • Establish and confirm pregnancy in Livestock
  • Monitor and maintain livestock during pregnancy
  • Deliver basic treatments to livestock
  • Deliver non-surgical procedures to livestock
  • Monitor and maintain grassland and forage crops to support livestock grazing
  • Load and unload animals for transportation

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 farm the remainder of the time compiling a portfolio of evidence.

How long will my course last?

2 Years

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    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?

    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.