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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: 

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 Management and Behaviour
  • Animal Management and Science

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The Agriculture, Land Management and Production Technical Qualification (TQ) within the Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care T Level is now being delivered. To find out more about the TQ, please review the specifications. To find out more about delivering this TQ, follow the links in the 'Provider' accordion below.

The TQ specifications along with sample assessment materials are available to view.

View the TQ specifications > 

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 

The original outline content included an Occupational Specialism in Habitat Management. This has now been retired permanently and will not form part of the T Level in ALMP. This decision was taken due to a number of factors which meant the Occupational Specialism did not meet the suitability test for the T Level, including deliverability concerns, employer feedback regarding insufficient coverage of the topic to enable threshold competence, and safety and manageability concerns.

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 Management 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 Management and Behaviour specialism.

The original outline content included an Occupational Specialism in Equine Care and Management, which linked to the Equine Management standard. As the standard is currently under review, the Occupational Specialism has been paused and will be reviewed for inclusion in the T Level when the revised standard is published.

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 Management and Behaviour
  • Animal Management and Science

The two occupational specialisms within the ACM pathway have recently been reviewed and have been renamed the above to more accurately reflect the content with each specialism.

Find out more about the content by downloading our ACM leaflet here.

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 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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