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Junior Tractor Maintenance

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


This course is suitable for 13-16 year olds who want to know a little more about maintaining tractors. This course will cover: General health and safety practice when working in a workshop and on machines. Pre- use inspection including but not comprehensive, checking tyres, checking fluid levels, air filters and lights. Changing fuel filters and how to bleed a fuel system. Carrying out a full 150 hour service on a tractor following manufacturer’s instructions. Completion of relevant records to meet health and safety requirements. On completion you will be awarded with a Duchy College attendance certificate.

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Junior Tractor Driving

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


Do you know a 13 – 15 year old who would like to learn how to operate a tractor? This course covers health and safety awareness, basic maintenance, tractor driving and maneuvering, attaching and detaching implements, reversing and rules and regulations.

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Land-Based Studies (Agriculture) City & Guilds Diploma

Level 1 • Full-time • Agriculture & Countryside Management department


This course is an ideal introduction into the land-based agricultural industry, where you will gain the hands-on practical skills, experience and knowledge of a variety of farming disciplines, designed to prepare you for employment.

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Agriculture (Stockperson) Apprenticeship

Level 2 • Work-based • Agriculture & Countryside Management department


The industry provides unique opportunities for young people to work in a technically advanced and innovative environment, producing one of the country’s most important products – food which accounts for 14% of the British GDP. Businesses within the industry range from small family farms through to large integrated organisations working across the food supply chain. The key role for a Stockperson is to raise the animals with optimal welfare and consideration for their needs throughout the different stages of their life. This is practical work involving a combination of technology and manual labour. Being a stockperson requires compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work in a team and independently. A stockperson will be responsible for their own work, but will have close supervision. As animal welfare is a priority on farms, key to being a good stockperson is understanding your limits and knowing when to ask for help. Working with live animals presents a range of challenges to overcome and ensures no two days will be the same. This standard follows a ‘core and options’ approach. The core covers the generic requirements for looking after animals competently and the sector options provide more specific needs for different livestock. One option will be taken in addition to the core skills to complete this apprenticeship, which provides a solid foundation for a range of progression opportunities within the industry. At college you will cover 50% theory and 50% practical work, which will include learning more about tractor and machinery use, nutrition, health and welfare, health and safety, environment and conservation, and welding. You will be expected to undertake and pass a range of courses as part of this apprenticeship to include emergency first aid at work and the safe use of pesticides as well as choosing to do one of the following Boom sprayer, mounted, trailed or self-propelled equipment Granular applicator equipment Handheld applicator equipment Other short legislative courses are heavily subsidised such as Tele Handler, ATV and Mule.

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