Agriculture - Mixed Farming 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 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.

Mandatory units that students will study are:

  • Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security
  • Communicate in a business environment
  • Maintain and store records within the workplace
  • Provide, monitor and maintain the supply of feed and water to livestock
  • Prepare and cultivate sites for planting

Plus a further nine optional units, totalling fourteen SQA units in all.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Block release

This course is delivered via classroom based learning as well as work-based assessment and tutorials.

The course is continuously assessed.

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.