What skills do I need?
Whether you have grown up on a farm or not, we would require you to have gained some work experience on a farm before starting a course with us. A keen interest in farming is essential; however it is your GCSE results that will determine which level course you start on.
What are my job/career options after this course?
Depending which level course you study career options can vary between a herds/stock person, a tractor driver, assistant farm manager, livestock welfare inspector and much more.
Further progression onto another course is achieved by many students, this being based on their grades achieved. For entry requirements take a look at each course page.
If you have completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma you could move onto Higher Education either here at Reaseheath or at another University.
What qualifications will I get?
This will depend on which level of course you choose to study, all agriculture courses are awarded by City and Guilds (NPTC) which is an industry recognised qualification.
Where will I study, what are the facilities like?
The John Platt Centre for Agriculture where many of your lessons will take place is at the heart of a 272 hectare mixed farm with 250 Holstein dairy cows, 130 breeding sows and 450 North Country Mules. The farm land provides crops to support the dairy unit including wheat, maize and Lucerne. The anaerobic digester provides further innovation which is demonstrated around the college
Will my course cost anything?
Students aged under 19 will not be charged tuition fees. If you are aged over 19 visit the 19+ Further Education Tuition Fees page.
Will I go on any trips or study tours?
We expect all groups will have an opportunity to attend an Agricultural Study Tour. The cost of this will need to be paid for by you and will vary according to the destination. Some are based in the UK and others are overseas.
What equipment will I need?
Students on the Agriculture courses will need a pair of clean overalls, steel top-capped wellington boots, steel toe-capped work boots, waterproof trousers and coat.
You will also be required to bring stationary and a folder containing lined paper, dividers and plastic wallets to your lessons.
Is work experience part of my course?
Meeting the needs of industry with employable people is our ultimate goal for Reaseheath Agriculture and we currently have 95% of our learners moving directly into employment. Our Extended Diploma requires students to undertake a full 12 month work placement which prepares students more readily for the working environment.
Will I be doing work experience on the college farm?
College farm work experience is an essential and compulsory part of all Agricultural courses. These include working whole weeks and weekends. A rota will be available at the start of the course, if you have work commitments outside of college you will be expected to make arrangements with your employer to enable you to commit to this aspect of your course.
Prior to Easter you will also assist with Lambing on the college farm this will consist of a day and night shift.
We will also want to demonstrate our achievements at the College Family Festival day held in May. It is mandatory that you take part in this and you will need to ensure you are available to show off your skills.
Why would I choose to come to Reaseheath?
It is the passion of the Agricultural Team to use the extensive college facilities and strong links with the farming community to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to meet your career aspirations.
If you have any further questions please contact the enquiries team by using our online enquiry form.