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Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care

T Level in Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care

City & Guilds are developing T Level Technical Qualifications (TQs) in the two pathways within the Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care route: 

  • Agriculture, Land Management and Production (available from September 2023)
  • Animal Care and Management (available from September 2024)

How is the Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care T Level structured?

The Technical Qualifications (TQs) are split into 2 main components: the Core, which is assessed by external exams and an employer set project (ESP) and an Occupational Specialism (OS) which is assessed by a synoptic assignment. 

The Core component of the TQ is then split into two sections: the Common Core content and an exam which goes across both TQs and the Core Pathway content, an exam, and the ESP in one of the following groups

  • Crop, horticulture, and trees
  • Livestock
  • Land-based Engineering
  • Floristry
  • Animal

Learners complete one occupational specialism from the list below: 

  • Crop production  
  • Livestock production  
  • Land-based engineering 
  • Floristry 
  • Trees and woodlands  
  • Ornamental and environmental horticulture and landscaping  
  • Animal care and management 
  • Animal care and science 

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Agriculture, Land Management and Production (ALMP) is available to deliver from September 2023.

View the full list of providers who are intending to deliver ALMP >

If you are intending to deliver ALMP from September 2023, you can view our 12-month countdown calendar. Over the next 12 months our T Levels team will be hosting a series on online and in-person events intended to support you in preparing to deliver ALMP. 

Visit our Resource Hub for a range of teaching, learning and planning resources.

What occupational specialisms will be available with ALMP?

In addition to the core content, each student will also complete at least one module of occupation-specific content. The specialisms available in the ALMP T Level are:

  • crop production
  • floristry
  • land-based engineering
  • livestock production
  • ornamental horticulture and landscaping
  • tree and woodland management and maintenance 

Following a recent consultation on the draft outline content, The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) will be progressing development of a new T Level Occupational Specialism for Animal Care and Science. The aim of this OS is to provide students with employment or entry into higher education. This OS will be an option within the Animal Care and Management T Level and sit alongside the Animal Care and Management specialism.

Development of the Equine Care and Management Occupational Specialism will remain paused whilst the aligned standards are being revised. This work is expected to conclude in Summer 2023.

Development timeframe for ACM

IfATE have decided to extend the development timeframe from the Animal Care and Management (ACM) T Level to September 2024.

This is to ensure the final product meets the expectations of both employers and higher education providers.

Find out more about this decision >

Upcoming validation meetings

We’ve already received a huge amount of support from providers, employers, industry bodies and technical experts, but we need more feedback to ensure course content is robust, highly relevant and fit-for-purpose. 

Validating content involves reviewing content and assessments, providing feedback either as part of a group online meeting or by completing online forms.

If you’re a provider, or an employer within the animal industries and would like to be involved the development of this TQ or get more information about the process, please complete the form.

What occupational specialisms will be available with ACM?

In addition to the core content, each student will also complete at least one module of occupation-specific content. The specialisms available in the ACM T Level are:

  • Animal care and management
  • Animal care and science

Providers

If you are interested in delivering the Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care T Levels, please visit our Provider page to find out who can deliver and how to apply. 

Visit the Provider page

Providers delivering a T Level route for the first time in September 2023 are eligible to receive a specialist equipment allocation (SEA). You can view the successful applications for wave 4 of the T Levels capital fund here.

Providers are encouraged to get involved with the validation process. Please click on the Animal Care and Management tab above for more information. 

Employers

Visit our dedicated Employer page for information on how to get involved in assessment and grading validation as well as industry placements.  

For employers who work in the animal industries, please click on the Animal Care and Management tab above to find out how you can get involved in validation for this TQ. 

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