Raising livestock and growing crops – a course that delivers a great mix
Traditionally, a wide range of crops and livestock were reared on every farm to spread the risk of any one crop or product failing. In addition, each part of the system also supported the others, for example manure from livestock was used to maintain soil fertility, and feed crops could be grown as part of an arable rotation, breaking pest/disease cycles naturally – leading to a particularly sustainable form of farming. This course gives learners a solid understanding of the principles and practices of mixed livestock and crop production. It is suitable for those wishing to change to an agricultural career (especially if interested in mixed farming), those already working in the industry, and also leisure learners with a keen interest in farming. You will learn about dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, arable, grassland and root crop farming, as well as exploring related topics like farm planning, animal welfare, grazing systems and weed/pest control. This course can provide a route into a farming career or a foundation for further training.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.
This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.
The extensive course materials have been developed by farming experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)
The course includes all the required study materials.
There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.
We are proud of our friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all we can to help you succeed.
Our tutors are all experienced, highly qualified and passionate about sharing their love of their subject. You can phone or email your tutor throughout the course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.
You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All learners are eligible for an NUS Extra card.
Lesson 1 Introduction/Principles of Cropping – Capital
Lesson 2 – Principles of livestock management
Lesson 3 – Principles of cropping
Lesson 4 – Grassland and forage crops
Lesson 5 – Management of cattle
Lesson 6 – Dairy cattle
Lesson 7 – Arable crops
Lesson 8 – The management of sheep
Lesson 9 – Management of beef
Lesson 10 – Types of pig required
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
There are no exams. On successful completion of this course you will receive an HCC Certificate*, graded to show the standard you have reached. The HCC’s reputation means this can be highly regarded on a CV and, combined with your portfolio of coursework, is evidence of your achievements (whether you are applying for a job or a more advanced study course).
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
You do not need previous farming knowledge or experience to enrol on this course
There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:
To enrol by phone, please call us on Freephone 0800 083 9191 or 01409 220 777.