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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 2 Agriculture: What you need to know...
- One-year course
- Equivalent to 5 GCSEs
- Created alongside employers
- Include an work placement and practical skills lessons
- Supports progression into a work, apprenticeship or higher- level study

Agriculture, Food production and the associated industries are a vital part of the UK economy and of critical importance to the North West. UK farmers produce 60% of the food we eat and manage some of our most beautiful natural environments - you could be part of this vibrant sector at one of its most exciting times.

Our level 2 Agriculture programme covers all the basic skills and knowledge you'll need to build a career in the sector. You will learn how to work safely and effectively in many types of farming and gain a wide range of experiences with livestock, soil management, crops and the business of farming.

Our experienced staff will facilitate your learning through practical hands on experience complemented with theory. Our excellent links to Industry will allow you to discover the most up to date developments. This will prepare you for a range of carers in the Farming community.

Assignment units:
- Health and safety
- Soils and grass
- Crops
- Land based machinery
- Livestock husbandry
- Crop production
- Work placement

The course will be studied as three days of content, which is around 50:50, practical : theory. Learning will be facilitated via lectures, experiments, dissections, visits and demonstrations. Two days in industry placement. Students also complete work experience per year, in a land based business, where they receive useful feedback on their performance.

On successful completion of the first year of study learners can progress to the Level 3 in Agriculture or Agricultural Engineering (or another level 3 programme).

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at level 3 or above (including English & Maths).

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 3 in Agriculture.

The purpose of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture is to ensure students have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into skilled employment or higher level technical training relevant to the Level 3.

Students who achieve this qualification could progress to the following, depending on their chosen occupational specialism:
- General farm worker
- Tractor operator
- Agricultural machinery operator
- Trainee stockperson



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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