Agriculture (Organic Farming – Livestock and Vegetable Crops) Award (Level 1)

Course overview

This course will be focused on organic farming and food production.

You will learn about the different sectors of organic farming and how they interact, gaining hands-on experience with our livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry) as well as vegetable farming. You will gain insights into the Soil Association standards and how to be certified, and learn about marketing directly from the farm to optimise earnings. By the end of the course, you will produce a plan to develop your own organic farm.

You will learn

  • Safety and effective working practices within the land-based sector
  • Machinery operations
  • Insights into soil association and biodynamicsHow farming and land use work in the UK
  • Sustainable livestock farming
  • How to keep organic cattle
  • How to keep organic sheep
  • How to keep organic pigs and poultry
  • Vegetable growing (rotations, polytunnels, all year-round production or specialisation)
  • How to harvest and market vegetablesAn insight into farm economics, production costs and subsidies (ELMS)
  • How to market your farm
  • How to model and assess your own farm

Award in Land-based Studies – City & Guilds of London Institute Reference: 60335956

You must be aged 19 and over to apply for this course. At least two GCSEs or equivalent. Relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered. Enthusiasm for working outdoors.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to the Agriculture (Farming) Intermediate Diploma (Level 2).

This course is part-funded by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) or Greater London Authority (GLA) for those that are eligible.

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of the course, your tuition, exams and materials fees will be paid for you in full as long as you meet some basic criteria for UK residence (more information can be found on our Fees and Funding page).

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts, you may be entitled to help with tuition fees subject to criteria. If you receive employment benefits, have a low income, or are studying towards your first substantial qualification, you may be entitled to free tuition. You may need to pay a materials fee if applicable to your course. Find further information about help with tuition fees on our Fees and Funding page.

For some of our courses, we offer a discount for current students. If this is the case, you will see the reduced fee when you select your chosen course campus and start date. To qualify for this discount, you must already be studying another course at Capel Manor College, and be adding this course to your existing programme.

Please note that fees for September 2023 have not yet been finalised, and are subject to a small increase. Applicants will be notified of final course fees before enrolling.

Jay’s story

Jay spent four years studying at Capel Manor College, starting with the Animal Care Technical Diploma (Level 2) before progressing to the Agriculture (Farming) Intermediate Diploma (Level 2) and Agriculture (Farm Management) Advanced Diploma (Level 3). Jay’s story