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Telford Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3) - Telford

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3
Dates:

February 2020 - exact start date TBC

Duration:

37 weeks, full-time

Location: Telford

Studying agriculture at Telford gives you the
opportunity to learn a variety of farming skills that
will serve you well in your career. One third of the
programme is on-farm work experience, one third is
workshop and practical sessions to develop skill sets
and one third is theory based/academic. Field trips
are always an enjoyable part of the year and add
another dimension to the course.
Throughout the year you’ll also study sheep, beef,
dairy and deer farming systems.
Work experience on a variety of different farms is
arranged by Telford. You’ll either work on one of our
farm units or on other farms in the Otago/Southland
regions. Many students are offered employment as a
result of their work experience.
Telford has 30 dog kennels, so you may have an
opportunity to bring a heading dog in the second
semester.

This programme will teach you about pastures and soils; livestock handling, nutrition, breeding and health; fencing; basic mechanics and engineering; quad bikes and tractors; working animals; chainsaws and farm forestry; sustainability; seasonal farming issues; life skills for independent living in a rural environment.

Studying agriculture at Telford gives you the opportunity to learn a variety of farming skills that will serve you well in your career. One third of the programme is on-farm work experience, one third is workshop and practical sessions to develop skill sets and one third is theory based/academic. Field trips are always an enjoyable part of the year and add another dimension to the course.

Throughout the year you’ll study sheep, beef, dairy and deer farming systems. Work experience on a variety of different farms is arranged by Telford. You’ll either work on one of our farm units or on other farms in the Otago/Southland regions. Many students are offered employment as a result of their work experience.

Content includes:
• Agronomy - pastures, crops, soils, fertilisers and agrichemicals
• Land skills - hazard management, quadbikes, tractors, water supplies, chainsaws and environmental sustainability
• Livestock- shearing, milking, livestock handling, behaviour and welfare, production, feeding and nutrition, breeding and reproduction
• Workshop skills - fencing, mechanics, welding, farm forestry, workshop project and calculations.

Programme content includes:

  • Agronomy - pastures, crops, soils, fertilisers and agrichemicals
  • Land skills - hazard management, quadbikes, tractors, water supplies, chainsaws and environmental sustainability
  • Livestock- shearing, milking, livestock handling, behaviour and welfare, production, feeding and nutrition, breeding and reproduction
  • Workshop skills - fencing, mechanics, welding, farm forestry, workshop project and calculations.

 

 

Course Fees* (NZD):
• Domestic students: $4,132.04
• International Students: $20,020.40
• Student services fee: $240.00
(Compulsory)

Course Fees* (NZD):

• Domestic students: $ 4,049.40

• Student services fee: $240.00(Compulsory)

Graduates will be work-ready to enter the agriculture industry in a range of roles, including: shepherds, contractors, farm assistants, shearers,wool handlers, sharemilkers, and relief milkers.

Entry Requirements
Students must be:
• Be aged 16 years or over. International students
must be 18 years or over
• Have completed at least three years of
secondary education, and achieved NCEA Level
1, or equivalent
• Be confident they can succeed at Level 3 and
have the physical ability to manage the work
without putting themselves or others at risk
• Have adequate literacy and numeracy skills
• Drivers License is recommended
• International applicants who come from non-

Entry Requirements:

Students must be:

  • Be aged 16 years or over. International students must be 18 years or over
  • Have completed at least three years of secondary education, and achieved NCEA Level 1, or equivalent
  • Be confident they can succeed at Level 3 and have the physical ability to manage the work without putting themselves or others at risk
  • Have adequate literacy and numeracy skills
  • Drivers License is recommended
  • International applicants who come from non-English speaking backgrounds require IELTS score of 5 with no band lower than 5 or an equivalent English proficiency outcome as outlined in the NZQF related Rule 18.

Applicants must be physically able to manage the work without putting themselves or others at risk, and without requiring constant observation and physical assistance.

The course involves the need to be able to drive Quad bikes, tractors, and to handle animals – and therefore applicants must be capable of achieving independent driving skills and of handling (including physically manoeuvring) calves and sheep. This criterion will be determined from the enrolment form where applicants are required to indicate if they have a significant injury, a long term illness or a physical disability, and where a medical profile is also requested.

The successful course participant will, in summary:

 

  • be able to work on an agricultural property with a minimum of supervision, through a range of core activities, and with an industry-acceptable level of productivity and competence  - showing initiative and a sense of responsibility. 
  • be competent and responsible with farm machinery and equipment with minimal supervision
  • know the important seasonal and daily activities on an agricultural property and be able to work through these in an organised manner 
  • be able to organise various basic agricultural activities and identify possible factors and causes of problems, with possible solutions, for example, animal handling, feeding regimes, animal health matters, use of agricultural chemicals and fencing
  • know what needs to be communicated to the supervisor about aspects of the property – activities to be carried out, hazards and incidents, status of livestock and property.
  • Work reflectively - Demonstrate the technical and soft skills (work ready skills) expected by the farming industry. 

 

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