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New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems)

Level 3

If you enjoy the outdoors and rural life, try farming as a career with UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems).

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 26 weeks.

Dates:
4 Jun 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$4,150.50Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

There are good job prospects in the pastoral farming industry for those who have an understanding of the key inputs into farming systems, and the wider context of the pastoral farming industry in terms of environmentally and financially sustainable farming practices.

UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) provides students with practical competencies required for agricultural employment and further studies within the primary industry sector. The focus is on pasture, fertilisers, lambs/sheep, calves/cattle, farm dogs, soils, nutrition, hazards and injury, weather and rural employment.

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work under limited supervision in the pastoral farming sector in a range of roles including milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant or general farm hand. You'll be able to:
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of key farming inputs to pastoral farming systems
  • Assist with key livestock production tasks in a pastoral farming context
  • Utilise technology within pastoral farming systems
  • Assess and minimise risk to self, others and equipment
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of sustainable practices to pastoral farming systems.


Education pathway

You could choose to undertake further study in the sector, including:

Course Information

  • Pastoral farming and agricultural systems
  • Sustainable practices
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Land and water quality and use 
  • Fertiliser use and implications
  • Soil properties
  • Farm practices and farm animal behaviour
  • Assist with livestock grazing management and feed livestock
  • Assist with handling cattle in yards
  • Assist with the preparation and handling of lambs for docking
  • Handling livestock
  • Farm dogs
  • Calf rearing from birth to weaning
  • Health and safety
  • Social requirements for living rurally
  • Rural employment
  • Weather monitoring and interpretation
  • Calculations for primary production

Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 (including Literacy 10 credits and Numeracy 10 Credits at Level 1) or equivalent.

While it is desirable for students to have completed Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure or to hold the quad and motorbike units, not holding these will not prevent a student from enrolling directly into this Farming Systems programme.

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes. 

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

Advice & Guidance

The New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) comprises 85 credits. 

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in the rural workforce. If you have any special needs or requirements, advise the Programme Leader before the course begins.

Additional costs
While some personal protective equipment is provided by UCOL, students must supply their own gumboots, overalls, wet weather gear and sturdy work shoes/steel cap boots.

Work experience
This programme contains 225 hours of work experience to allow students to develop their practical skills in an agricultural setting. You'll need to budget for associated travel costs.

For any required work experience component of the programme, should a student be placed with an employer that has a ‘zero tolerance for drug and alcohol policy’ and the student does not agree to have a drug and/or alcohol test prior to being placed on work experience, then that student may not be able to complete the programme.

Timetable

Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:

  • 20 hours per week of timetabled theory and practical classes
  • Work experience
  • Up to six hours per week of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments)
Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met.


Application checklist

It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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