Agriculture

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National Diploma (Equivalent to 2 A levels)

Exam board: Pearson

The following 7 units are mandatory:

  • Professional Working Responsibilities
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Work Experience in the Land-based Sectors
  • Estate Skills
  • Land-based Machinery Operations
  • Managing Environmental Activities in Agriculture
  • Managing Activities for Agricultural
  • Enterprises

The following 2 units are selected by us:

  • Livestock Husbandry
  • Grass and Forage Crop Production

Pupils have a ‘free choice’ of 1 of the following units to suit their personalised learning needs:

  • Crop Production
  • Livestock Health and Disease
  • Developing a Land-based Enterprise
  • Combinable Crop Production and
  • Processing
  • Livestock Nutrition
  • Organic Agricultural Production
  • Land-based Workshop Practices

Extended Certificate (Equivalent to 1 A level)

Exam board: Pearson

The following 3 units are mandatory:

  • Professional Working Responsibilities
  • Work Experience in the Land-based Sectors
  • Applied Agricultural Farming Practice

The following 1 unit is selected by us:

  • Land-based Machinery Operations
Assessment

There are three main forms of assessment for the BTEC Agriculture: external, internal and synoptic:

  • Externally assessed units:
    Examinations – all students take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome.
    Set tasks – students take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.
  • Internally assessed units:
    Write up the findings of their own research
    Use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
    Carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
    Demonstrate practical and technical skills.

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