Agriculture

BTEC Level 2 (A* - C / 9 – 4 equivalent) in Agriculture

Agriculture & Horticulture at Kingsmead

If you like the outdoors and don’t mind working hard whatever the weather and enjoy being busy, agriculture and horticulture could be the right choice for you.

This BTEC Level 2 qualification is designed to provide specialist work-related experience and knowledge within the sector. This will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to prepare for employment or college.

Facilities:

The Green is a 2.5 acre site which accommodates the livestock (sheep, hens and a pig), various pens, storage shed for tools and equipment and small covered yard. The vast majority of practical learning takes place here, whatever the weather!

In addition to this, the Horticulture Garden contains numerous outside raised beds, a 42 x 18ft polytunnel, a small greenhouse and 2 sheds filled with a range of tools. We have access to a classroom with IT facilities in order to complete your assignments.

Assessment: Is achieved through a combination of practical, outdoor experience and classroom based written assignments. This provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a career in the sector.

Equipment and Resources: All equipment and resources required to carry out practical tasks are provided however, students will need to purchase some essential PPE items to use on the course. These will include overalls and steel toe-cap boots. During the winter months warm, waterproof clothing is essential.

Units studied: Estate Skills – safe tool use, fencing, path building, gate hanging, hedge-laying, planning and preparing work sites.

Sheep Husbandry - welfare, feed, lambing, basic treatments, routine husbandry, handling, foot trimming, shearing, using a range of tools and equipment etc.

Crop Establishment - ground preparation for seeding and planting, use a range of tools in order to prepare the ground for planting, stablishing seeds and plants in soil.