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BSc (Hons) Agriculture

Level 6 • Full-time • Agriculture & Countryside Management department


This agricultural course delivers a thorough understanding of modern agricultural crop and animal production systems and the underlying scientific and technological principles to equip students to manage and support sustainable agricultural businesses in the complex and dynamic rural economy. This is a very broad and challenging remit, and consequently the course is designed to develop a breadth of expertise across a range of sectors. The innovative application of science and technology to agriculture will be even more critical, with the likely withdrawal of direct subsidies to the sector and threat to existing markets for some products associated with ‘Brexit’. As a recognised centre of agricultural knowledge exchange excellence through the activities of Bicton and Duchy College’s Rural Business School (RBS), which is closely engaged with the industries, professions and organisations involved in the global agri-food chain and the UK rural economy, there is the capacity to develop students’ skills to play a key role in regional and national agricultural production systems. Students will understand the underlying science and economics of sustainable crop and animal production systems and their impact on environmental quality. They will be able to produce solutions that take into account the balance between crop and animal production, economic and social needs as well as environmental protection. They will achieve this through the formulation, testing and drawing of conclusions from hypotheses, solving problems through novel research techniques and the communication of ideas and technical management solutions to different audiences. This approach has been ratified by a large sample of employers across agriculture and its ancillary industries, representing regional national and international interests

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Land-based Engineering Certificate

Level 2 • Full-time • Land-based Engineering & Technology department


If you love science, technology, engineering, or information technology, then a career in land-based engineering could be for you. The skills and types of land-based engineering include diagnostics repair and testing, all in the context of diesel and petrol engines, equipment controlled by GPS technology and integrated into environmental information – a fantastic mix of innovation and problem solving. It’s not all about farming either, everything concerned with the upkeep and control of the countryside, forestry, sports grounds and open spaces involves the application of engineering solutions. We offer both full-time and apprenticeship routes for school leavers. Once you have completed the Level 3 qualification you will be able to work all over the world in a range of careers maintaining and repairing land-based machinery and technology. Modern agriculture is amazing and if you look more closely you will see things that will truly impress you. No longer is this an industry caught in a technological backwater. The career opportunities are fantastic and those colleges, training providers and universities involved will tell you that the job opportunities are excellent with many more jobs than there are people to fill them. This intermediate qualification is equivalent to five GCSEs and is an ideal starting point to learn the basics for a career in land-based engineering. Useful links: www.landbasedengineering.com www.iagre.org Please note: As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement.

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Agriculture Certificate

Level 2 • Full-time • Agriculture & Countryside Management department


Agriculture is arguably the most important industry in the world and without the food, clothing and fibres it provides, we simply wouldn’t survive. Now an industry with highly-mechanised processes, employment in this sector goes beyond farm workers and managers to engineers, consultants and scientists. This is a full-time course for anyone who wants a broad introduction to the agricultural industry. Throughout the course you will develop skills and knowledge in a range of farming disciplines and technologies. You can expect to develop a wide range of skills across the range of farm enterprises. You are also required to complete 150 hours of work experience as a core element of your study programme, providing invaluable exposure to the industry. We are very proud of our Home Farms at Bicton College and Duchy College Stoke Climsland, which both incorporate dairy herds, the milk from which is sold to Saputo UK (formerly Dairy Crest) and is used to make Cathedral City cheddar. Bicton Home Farm totals 147 hectares used for grass and crop production, as well as a central area of parkland, on which we support a flock of 120 Mule ewes. We have many upgrades and improvements planned. Duchy College Home Farm totals 240 hectares of farmed land, including grassland, forage maize, winter wheat and spring barley, a flock of 100 February lambing Highlander cross Texels, a flock of 100 pure Highlanders, as well as three breeding sows and their piglets. We are currently developing a new 200 cow dairy unit.

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Agricultural Business Management Higher Apprenticeship

Level 4 • Work-based • Agriculture & Countryside Management department


If you are looking to take the next step and enhance your skills into the business side of running a farm, whether this is a tenancy, family farm or as an employee, then our agricultural business management apprenticeship may be for you. Every session is delivered from an Industry Specialist (vet, nutritionist, agronomist, farm consultant), so it doesn't feel like a college day, more like a discussion group where you can ask questions related to your work placement, knowing you are asking the experts who are out there delivering to farmers daily. It is a very relaxed atmosphere with similar people all wanting to improve themselves and the business they work for. The days are full of information and can be related to your place of work, so it all makes sense.

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Construction Plant Operations

Level 1 • Full-time • Construction department


Plant operations is the broad term referring to the operation and driving of heavy plant equipment such as, excavators, dumpers, rollers and telescopic handlers to name a few. Groundworks is the specific job role of preparing the ground using some of these machines within a construction, civil engineering, roads, railways or landscaping project. In order to work on a construction site you will need to gain your Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) certification. On top of that you will gain tickets to prove you are skilled and experienced in operating and maintaining a wide range of specialist large plant machinery. To work in the industry you will need to achieve the Level 2 qualification. This one-year introductory qualification is ideal for those wanting to progress onto the Level 2 course. You’ll learn how to operate and drive a wide range of plant machinery through practical instruction sessions with the specialist machinery and equipment we have on our campuses. You will undertake practical training in plant operating skills on an approved CPCS test site. You will also need to supply or purchase your own PPE and contribute towards CSCS and CPCS test costs.

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FdSc Agriculture

Level 5 • Full-time • Agriculture & Countryside Management department


This agriculture programme widens your knowledge of the agricultural industry, with a view to managing agricultural operations after graduation. The programme provides a thorough understanding of modern farming production systems and an in-depth knowledge of the underlying scientific and technological principles. The FdSc Agriculture is delivered using a combination of approaches to enable the acquisition of required academic knowledge. Practical farm management is also integral and the programme benefits from industry-wide support.

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FdSc Agriculture

Level 5 • Part-time • Agriculture & Countryside Management department


This agriculture programme widens your knowledge of the agricultural industry, with a view to managing agricultural operations after graduation. The programme provides a thorough understanding of modern farming production systems and an in-depth knowledge of the underlying scientific and technological principles. The FdSc Agriculture is delivered using a combination of approaches to enable the acquisition of required academic knowledge. Practical farm management is also integral and the programme benefits from industry-wide support.

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Agricultural Tractor Driving And Related Operations City & Guilds Award

Level 2 • Part-time • Agriculture & Countryside Management department


This is a practical course for those with little or no previous tractor and machine handling experience and on successful completion you will achieve an NPTC Level 2 Award in Tractor Driving and Handling. Please note – This course does not licence those who pass to drive on the Highway.

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Agricultural Welding for beginners

No Qualification • Part-time • Land-based Engineering & Technology department


This course is suitable for anyone aged 16+ who would like to learn the basics of welding using a Manual Metal Arc (MMA) (arc) welder. This course will cover: General health and safety practice when welding. Set up and use of various types of MMA (arc) welding sets. All welds carried out will be on a flat level surface the following welds will be taught: Lap joint Open Corner T-Fillet During the course angle grinders and a band saw will also be used On completion you will be awarded with a Duchy College attendance certificate.

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Agriculture Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Agriculture & Countryside Management department


We are the region’s largest land-based education and training provider with both campuses located in the heart of the countryside, surrounded by rolling hills and working farm land. This course is perfect for you if you want to develop your technical knowledge and practical skills in order to gain a better understanding of the management of different agricultural enterprises, or as an alternative to A-levels and gain university entry. You can expect to be in college three to four days a week and gain a wide variety of experience from practical work on the College farm and in association with our industry partners, which include Rothamstead Research, who provide unique research capabilities for the UK. We are the only agricultural college in the country where students take an active role in first cut silage making. Our Duchy campus is home to Future Farm, a £10 million scheme including a state-of-the-art dairy unit, the campus occupies a 367-hectare estate with dairy, beef, sheep, arable and forage crops, plus a range of dry and wet habitats typical of the area. We also have an impressive portfolio of up-to-date farm machinery.

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