The need-to-know basics for a modern day shepherd
This course is ideal for anyone considering a career working with sheep or already involved in sheep farming. It is also suitable for leisure learners who want to know more about or keep sheep. You will gain a very good basic knowledge of sheep husbandry combined with an understanding of the biology of the sheep. Topics covered include the choice of breed, pregnancy and lambing, grazing management, meat, wool and milk production, sheep health, financial planning and organic production.
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 sheep 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 – A history of sheep farming and the British sheep industry
Lesson 2 – The biology of the sheep
Lesson 3 – Reproductive management
Lesson 4 – Pregnancy and lambing
Lesson 5 – Feeding and nutrition
Lesson 6 – Sheep systems and grassland utilization
Lesson 7 – Meat production
Lesson 8 – Milk and wool production
Lesson 9 – Sheep health and disease
Lesson 10 – Planning, management and finances (including organic production)
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.