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New Courses & Support for Newton Rigg Students
From September 2021, we will be offering new courses in land-based studies & uniformed public services and are accepting Newton Rigg applications for the second year of study in four course areas.
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Land-Based Studies

New for September 2021, we will be offering specialist land-based education in Cumbria!

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Course Overview

This course will be taught in the Penrith area.

Level 1 Agriculture: What you need to know...
- One-year course
- Gives you a taste of all aspects of modern farming.
- Practical skills are developed

Agriculture is important for us all. It provides jobs, the landscape we are used to seeing and our food. There are many types of farms and jobs that need doing on them. This course will give you a taste of what you need to know and be able to do to work effectively in agriculture. You will learn how to work safely and gain a wide range of experiences with livestock, soil management, crops and the business of farming.

Our experienced staff will guide your learning through practical hands on experience and lessons that explain what you need to know. Our excellent links to Industry will allow you to discover the most up to date developments and let you find out what you are interested in and good at. This will prepare you for a range of carers in the farming community.

- Health and safety
- Soils and grass
- Crops.
- Land based machinery
- Livestock husbandry
- Crop production

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirement for this programme but we need to interview you to check it is right for you.

Applicant with non-traditional routes into education (including adult returners and those with home schooling) may apply and your suitability will be assessed by interview and possible supporting tasks.

Students are expected to have appropriate clothing for outdoor work and your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory. Travel to local sites for practical sessions is included, but you will be asked for a contribution for any optional trips or residentials.

After Your Course

Support progression into a skilled occupation; apprenticeships; or higher level technical study including our Level 2 in Agriculture, Forestry or another level 2 course.

- apprenticeship
- farm herds person
- stockperson
- shepherd



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification up to and including Level 2, if you:

  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Have an annual salary of less than £17,004
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/20 and are not studying at another school/college
  • Are aged 19-23 on 31/08/20 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
  • Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship

Student Finance

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

For further information please see

Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.

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5 May 2021 16:00 – 20:00