Agriculture is the study of the science and practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food and other products. The aim of this introductory GCSE course is to develop pupils’ scientific knowledge in the land-bases and environmental sector. This course deals with soils, crops, habitats, animal nutrition, health and safety and pollution. It is a broad ranging course that covers many aspects of agriculture dealing with topics that are current and relevant.
Agriculture develops transferrable skills such as critical analysis, independent thinking, communication and research skills. Due to the coursework aspect of Agriculture it will also develop pupils to build their self-confidence, ICT skills and their ability to work independently. In summary, pupils engaging in the course should be inquisitive, good communicators and wish to deepen their understanding of the environment and animals. Furthermore, due to the course content there are strong links to biology.
In Year 11 there are 2 modules to study worth 50% of their GCSE. The first (Unit 1) covers soils, plant biology, crop production, management of the countryside, renewable energy and careers. The second (Unit 2) covers animal nutrition, breeding, health and safety, farm economics and pollution. Pupils will sit their GCSE exams in June of Year 11.
In year 12 pupils cover the coursework module worth the other 50% of their GCSE. They will complete 2 pieces of coursework from a selection of topics provided by CCEA. The first is based on the work completed in Unit 1 and is a scientific report based on a practical experiment that the pupils undertake. The second is a research task based on the work completed in Unit 2. It involves students carrying out primary and secondary research and collating the data into a scientific report.
The examination board is CCEA. The GCSE is a two-year course with two examinations at the end of Year 11 and coursework for the duration of Year 12.
There are numerous careers that are available once a person has a degree in agriculture. They are too numerous to list here; therefore, follow the hyperlink to a useful page highlighting the options and explanations on each.
The most prominent careers would be working as a farm manager, a horticulturist, a plant breeder, soil scientist or woodland manager. That said, the qualification is a useful passport to a wide range of jobs and professions.
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