Farm Education

Hill Top Farm is also home to Farm Education

Our 178 acre grassland farm is an ideal base for students to learn all about the great outdoors and to gain a real insight in to commercial farming in the 21st Century. Here at the farm we have a beef unit which specialises in calf rearing and the 300 calves which are always present in the farmyard mean there are plenty of routine animal husbandry tasks for everyone. Our sheep flock comprises of 100 ewes which offer a range of challenges throughout the year, the highlight of course being lambing in the spring. Maintenance of the farm machinery, walls, fences and animal housing, coupled with regular expansion projects mean there is always a good range of tasks throughout the year.

Students aged from 13 to 19 can access the farm as part of their education programme. The course is fully accredited by City & Guilds and can be achieved as a level one or level two qualification. The course engages young people in real, purposeful work experience, builds confidence and self-esteem and offers new aspiration and possibilities for the future.

Level One

This course is highly practical, work based learning and therefore students of all capabilities will regularly achieve high levels of success. The qualification can be achieved at Award, Certificate or Diploma level depending on each individual’s attendance and achievements.

Award Level (Guided learning hours – 50) (Credits – 6)

Certificate Level (Guided learning hours – 150) (Credits – 18)

Diploma Level (Guided learning hours – 350) (Credits – 42)

Compulsory Units (6 credits each):

Unit 101 Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
Unit 102 Develop performance in land-based industries
Unit 103 Industrial experience in land-based industries

Optional Units (6 credits each):

Unit 106 Use transport and assist with maintenance of tools and equipment
Unit 111 Contribute to the construction and maintenance of structures and surfaces
Unit 117 Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals
Unit 118 Assist with the care of animals
Unit 119 Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals
Unit 121 Assist with the repair and maintenance of structures in the countryside
Unit 122 Assist with the repair and maintenance of surfaces and ancillary structures in the countryside
Unit 123 Carry out tractor operations
Unit 128 Assist with feeding and watering animals
Unit 129 Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation
Unit 130 Assist with the handling and restraint of animals
Unit 132 Assist with the preparation for exercise and aftercare of horses


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