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Agriculture and Horticulture

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Adults Employers Apprenticeships

Crop Technician Apprenticeship Standard Level 3

Crop Technicians are responsible for optimising crop/plant yields through establishment, management, harvest and post-harvest operations while maintaining and improving the surrounding environment.

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  • Course Description

    Being a Crop Technician requires self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player to complete tasks safely and efficiently. You will need to keep up to date with technological advances and new innovations. Many companies now use automation for a number of routine tasks, which will require technical skills to operate. This standard provides the opportunity for individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviours required and follows a core and options approach. This allows the flexibility to learn core subjects and then specialise in either arable farming (soil-based systems) or production horticulture (containerised systems). The apprenticeship also includes additional qualifications for First Aid and Pesticide Applications.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will be interviewed and assessed to identify your potential, commitment and motivation to achieve the apprenticeship, based upon the range and level of activities you will be undertaking in the workplace.

    Candidates need GCSE grade 2/E in Maths & English.

    You may be required to complete an initial assessment for Maths and English to show ability to undertake study towards Level 2 Maths and English.

  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    Crop Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

    Sector pathway; soil-based (arable farming/root crop/field veg) or container-based (production horticulture)

    PA1 Safe Use of Pesticides

    PA2, PA4 or PA6 Safe Application of Pesticides (Tractor Mounted, Granular Applications or Handheld Applicators)

    Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3

    Maths and English Level 2 (if not already attained)

    Prior to End Point Assessment, apprentices will complete a portfolio demonstrating their skills, knowledge and behaviours.

    How is my course assessed?

    On successful completion of portfolio and learning the candidate will complete and End Point Assessment consisting of an Online Multiple Choice test, Practical Assessment and Professional discussion with an external organisation. A grading of Pass, Merit or Distinction is achievable.

Starting 06/09/2021



Duration 2 years

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Ryan Thomson

Horticulture Apprenticeship (Advanced) Level 3

Ryan Thomson selected an apprenticeship as he was in full-time employment. He currently works at Ely City Golf Course.

“The benefits of studying an apprenticeship are that you can study while you work and for me, it is a better, more hands-on approach to learning. I enjoy being with like-minded people, who all want to achieve the same goals. The tutors have great knowledge and skills and try hard to push and motivate you.”

Ryan was awarded Horticulture Apprentice of the Year 2019.

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