This course would suit you if you are interested in working in the farming industry and enjoy working outdoors, with farm animals, machinery and in construction.
The Level 4 programmes are equivalent to an HND or Foundation Degree, making them suitable for people who have already completed Level 3 qualifications. This could be after a full-time college course or an NVQ/QCF Level 3 qualification. Older people with at least five years practical farm experience will also find Level 4 will give them a challenge and help them think and study at a higher level whilst working and evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of their farm business.
DART will provide some formal teaching but people completing Level 4 will need to be self motivated and bring work in progress to tutorial sessions and be prepared to share ideas with others completing the qualification. If this sounds like your aspiration then read on!
The qualification is designed for people working in farming who have or are in a position to take on the responsibility for day to day planning of an enterprise and be able to affect some change to the enterprise and then monitor and evaluate the impact of change. An enterprise could be; a dairy herd, beef unit, pig herd, sheep flock or crop production. To complete Level 4 the person does not have to exercise full control over the whole farm but must be aware and be able to explain and evaluate how the enterprise impacts on the whole farm business and what external pressures limit or give opportunities for the enterprise.
Level 4 is a City and Guilds qualification and is available in various forms:
After completion of Award and/or Certificate you can do more units for the full Diploma. This in turn would help you progress onto a full or part time degree course. A Level 4 qualification is recognition of professional achievement in the given units and should place you well for job promotion, new jobs or farm tenancies.
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Ideally Level 3 qualification in agriculture and a minimum of three years practical experience in the sector. DART will consider people without Level 3 in agriculture if they can prove ability to produce evidence of a Level 4 standard and have the motivation to succeed. Ideally candidates should be employed and in a position of responsibility.