High country farming programme (Level 3)
- One year full-time
On campus with work placement on a high country station in Central Otago
- February and July
Central Otago18 February 20191 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
15 April 2019 - 26 April 2019
30 September 2019 - 11 October 2019
Do you want to gain work-ready farming skills?
Farming careers are fun and rewarding and there is strong demand nationally for passionate people who want to work with livestock in the farming industry. This Central Otago-based qualification is the only farming training programme in New Zealand with a high country flavour.
With an emphasis on the ‘hands on’ approach to learning, this outdoors-based programme will prepare you for a career in agriculture. Covering a wide range of skills, you also have the added benefit of on-farm practical assessments, as well as work placements on local high country stations. Upon successful completion, you will be able to be employed in pastoral farming/rural-based workplaces under limited supervision.
Successful graduates of this programme will gain the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) AND the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3).
- There are no academic entry criteria for this programme.
- International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.
All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:
- must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
- must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.
Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.
If you need to improve your English, we offer a range of English language programmes.
1. You will need to have a full drivers licence.
2. You will need to provide a letter of application. Your letter of application should comprise no more than 500 words and should explain:
- why you have chosen to apply for the two programmes within this qualification - New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Skills) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)
- your expectations of the programme
- your career goals in the field of agriculture
- the steps you have already taken to progress your career goals.
Alternatively, you can provide a 5-minute video of yourself covering the same points.
3. Please supply supporting references and details of any farming experience with your application.
If the numbers of applicants who meet the selection criteria exceed the available places, a waitlist will be used to ensure preference is given to applicants in order of application.
You will be expected to bring outdoor clothing suitable for a high country environment. Please ask us if you would like a list of required clothing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Apply theoretical knowledge of key farming inputs to pastoral farming systems||30|
|Assist with key livestock production tasks in a pastoral farming context||30|
|Utilise technology within pastoral farming systems||5|
|Assess and minimise risk to self, others and equipment||10|
|Apply theoretical knowledge of sustainable practices to pastoral farming systems||10|
|Identify and assist with the management of workplace hazards||5|
|Carry out a range of activities related to the use and/or maintenance of workplace vehicles, machinery and infrastructure||40|
During this programme, you will learn the basic skills needed to work on a farm. This will include:
- Fine wool production and woolshed operations, including hand-piece skills and wool handling
- Animal health and welfare
- Pasture plants, production and management
- High country farming skills including mustering
- Tractor skills
- ATV skills
- Sheep and cattle handling skills
- Agrichemical use
- Water systems
- Pest and weed control
- Machinery maintenance
- Chainsaw safety and use
- Farm health and safety
- Animal husbandry
- Livestock breeding
- Soils and fertilisers.
In Term Four, those who are ready are able to participate in a farm-based, work placement experience to apply their skills in a real-world environment. This also provides an opportunity for gaining valuable contacts in the farming industry. To be eligible for work experience, you must be competent in core areas such as health and safety, quad bike use and basic stock handling. You must have also demonstrated a passionate attitude towards working in the agriculture industry.
After successful completion of this programme, you can continue studying farming at Level 4 or diploma-level whilst working on the job.
Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.