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Through practical experience on the College farms as well as working on machinery and in our workshop facilities, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the skills needed to work within the Agricultural industry.
You will be involved in all aspects of the farming year - including lambing, shearing, ploughing and harvest - and assist with the College’s beef herd. We also have close links with local dairy farms so you'll get all the experience of dairy herd management as well. Our beef herd forms part of the College's wider re-generative farming strategy that helps improve the environmental credentials of the farm and provides excellent learning for students. By studying a course in Agriculture, you can become part of an industry which is key to the production of food, preservation of the countryside and ongoing survival of the rural economy.
The Agricultural team have a array of experience ranging from crop, soil, plant, livestock, machinery and business management, and bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the courses.
The courses have a mixture of practical and theory and are delivered making use of the excellent Agricultural facilities.
We also have great partnerships with local establishments such as FGS, Burdens farms, Park Farm, JPF Farms and Bore PlaceFarm (Organic Dairy).
"There are so many good memories, whether it be the informal yet engaging teaching style and absorbing lessons, the time spent with friends, to the light-hearted moments chatting with the staff. My time at Hadlow not only progressed me academically, but also grew me as a person as well."
"Floristry was a complete change of career for me. I was looking for a change from farming and after visiting the Hadlow stand at the Agricultural Expo at Detling showground, it seemed to me to be the obvious choice, due to both location and the availability of part-time floristry courses."
"There are many different exotics we get in – we’ve seen flamingos, snow leopards. We do get a varied amount of animals that come through."
"Always dream big to achieve, strive to be the best you can be."
"There is no better group of lecturers to have behind you to succeed than those at Hadlow.”
"I set up my own business, Wild Pickings, selling seasonal foraged wild foods. I focus on plant ID, gathering, teaching and also on cooking, preparing and eating wild food."
"I wanted to study fisheries management and when I started looking into land-based colleges for further education courses, Hadlow College was the most recommended to me. Learning specifically about a subject that I was really interested in was great, and I liked the mix of practical tasks as well as theory lessons."
"I chose to attend Hadlow college as it was local to me and with a young family, I wanted to feel settled and close - my youngest was 6 months old when I started. I also knew that for a rural college it would have the feel I wanted - with the floristry department set within Broadview gardens."
“I won The Wedding Industry Award for ‘Best Wedding Florist in the South East of England."
"There is a lot more to Horticulture than first meets the eye, especially in the production side of industry and being educated and experienced in that technology will help in securing that dream job."
"My career highlight was designing a show garden for Macmillan Cancer Support at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. We won a gold medal."
"It has been great to meet so many people from all over the world, all with the same love for horses."
"I was lucky to win a place in Pro Landscaper magazine’s 30 under 30 awards, which was a proud moment in my career thus far."
"My employer, a small salmon company in the northwest highlands of Scotland, was looking for someone with an academic background in aquaculture to innovate the company."
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Lucy Bennett cited the friendly and supportive staff as playing a key role in her choosing to study at Hadlow College, a decision that would lead to a complete career change for her.
Having previously worked in the NHS, Lucy is now part of the Animal Presentations Team at Chessington World of Adventures!
Lucy tells us about her time at Hadlow, which she describes the best two of her life so far.
"Hadlow offered me the opportunity to gain practical experience with companion, exotic and farm animals. It taught me the fundamentals of animal care and the confidence to excel."
“My advice to anyone thinking of studying at Hadlow College is to go for it! It played a huge part in where I am today and I will be forever thankful.”
"Studying the NCFE courses gave me the confidence I needed to set up my own floristry business."
"I love all things practical, getting stuck in and learning on the job."
"My lecturers were a massive support and friendly faces to go to if I needed help."