Overview

An ideal opportunity to ‘earn as you learn’. You’ll combine paid work on a farm with studying one day a week at Reaseheath.

You will learn technical skills and continue to build on your existing experience and knowledge whilst specialising in livestock production.

If you are not currently employed in the industry, we may be able to help you link with an employer, or help you to find an apprenticeship.

What will I study?

Health and safety/record keeping
Animal welfare and production
Milking
Tractor driving
Herd and health planning
Mobility and condition scoring
Breeding programmes
Grassland management
Bio-security
Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications
How long will it take?

12 to 24 months depending on previous experience (1 day per week)
What qualifications do I need to start?

Preferably GCSEs at grade 3 or above to include English and Maths
What qualifications will I gain?

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Stockperson
Additional training is provided in a number of disciplines
Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
Course options after this programme

Advanced Apprenticeship in Agriculture
Career options

Farm manager
Commercial sales representative
Herds manager
Self-employed contractor

About Reaseheath College

We offer a range of full-time diplomas, apprenticeships and degrees, ideal for those looking for an exciting career in the land-based industries.

Reaseheath has some of the best specialist facilities and resources in the country, thanks to a continuing £80 million investment across campus. This includes our £8 million Advanced Engineering and Agri-Tech Centre, £6 million Sports Sciences and Performance Academy, £8 million National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology, £7 million Food Centre and our £13 million halls of residence.

Our world class facilities and industry focused technical courses help support continued student success. Our courses help students to become career ready and last year 97% of students gained a job or progressed onto an apprenticeship or a degree in their chosen industry.

At our latest Ofsted Inspection (December 2019), we were found to be a ‘Good’ college, with outstanding features. Some highlights from the report include our ambitious and enthusiastic lecturers and instructors, all of whom have extensive experience of their industries and subjects. The inspectors were impressed with how we continued to develop excellent links with businesses, resulting in students and apprentices having access to very high-quality and modern equipment.

We were also praised for the fact that students with high needs become more independent at Reaseheath, and improve their social and communication skills thanks to the inclusive, friendly and welcoming college environment we provide.

In our latest Ofsted Care Standards Inspection (September 2017) we maintained our ‘Outstanding’ rating, with inspectors commending us for the overall experiences and progress of our students.

To discover our range of courses visit the course pages on this website. You can also visit Reaseheath at one of our many Course Open Events. These events are a great opportunity to meet course staff, view our specialist facilities and find out about accommodation, finance, student support and transport.