Agriculture

Employers within this sector require a high level of practical ability and sound theoretical knowledge, which we at BCA are able to equip learners with in order to achieve successful employment or to progress on to further study.

The College has a diverse campus to meet the needs of a variety of land-based studies. Within its 400 acres of land, there are commercial sheep flock and rare breed flocks, alongside a small herd of cattle, poultry, pigs, goats and camelids. The aim of these resources is to enable students to utilise their theoretical knowledge gained on the course in a practical setting, so that they are equipped upon completion of the course to undertake the care and management of these species in a commercially viable environment.

WHY CHOOSE BCA?

Our excellent resources help enable our students to reach their full potential. This coupled with the vast support of many industry partners allows the learners to gain all the skills necessary to succeed. All past graduating students since 2015 have progressed on to Higher Education or directly into work in the Agriculture industry.

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Available Courses

  • Level 2 Technical Qualification in Agriculture

    About the course

    BCA’s agriculture programmes are designed to meet industry needs whilst developing students’ knowledge base and practical skills in livestock, arable and agricultural machinery. This course will provide the opportunity for those who want to work within the agricultural industry to obtain a vocational qualification by means of full-time study. It will enable them to develop both theoretical knowledge and practical skills within the Livestock and Arable sectors.

    Progression

    Progress to the Level 3 advanced technical qualifications, depending on grades achieved and GCSE results. Students will also be well placed to find a job in the industry which requires ‘hands-on’ practical skills.

    GCSE/Functional Skills

    All full-time students, aged between 16-18, will study GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English, if they don’t already hold an A*- C/9 – 4 level GCSE in the subject. This is an integral part of their vocational study programme at BCA. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

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    Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 2 or above to include science.

    Course Duration

    One year

  • Level 3 Advanced Technical Qualification in Agriculture

    About the course

    BCA’s agriculture programmes are designed to meet industry needs whilst developing students’ knowledge base and practical skills in livestock, arable and agricultural machinery. This programme is aimed at those wishing to gain employment within the agricultural industry, access apprenticeships or continuation on to Higher Education (HE) qualifications.

    Progression

    Upon completion, students will be eligible to enter into many roles within the agricultural industry, access apprenticeships or to further their studies by progressing on to Higher Education at other institutions.

    Guidance will be given to students on the different options, BSc (Hons), FdSc and HND.
    We have an excellent relationship with the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) who offer
    HE courses in both Agriculture and Agriculture Business Management.

    GCSE/Functional Skills

    All full-time students, aged between 16-18, will study GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English, if they don’t already hold an A*- C/9 – 4 level GCSE in the subject. This is an integral part of their vocational study programme at BCA. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

    Click here to read more about what BCA offers as part of your Study Programme.

    Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, to include English, maths and science.

    Course Duration

    Two years*