Somerset College

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Somerset College provides a friendly and supportive environment, offering vocationally focused courses designed to equip individuals with the required skill set to move straight into employment upon completion of their course.

The range of vocational courses on offer at Somerset College, covers the full breadth of industry sectors and are delivered by tutors with excellent industry experience and links.

Somerset College enjoy very high student success and are within the top 10% of colleges nationally for overall success rates achieving 95% pass rates for Further Education and 97% for Higher Education.

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Somerset College offers a variety of Engineering courses that cover the full range of Engineering disciplines and vocational levels, from the Level 1 Access to Building Services Engineering programme, through to Level 2 and 3 Diplomas, right the way up to Level 4 and 5 HNC and FdSc.


A full range of Construction Craft courses are available at Somerset College, from Brickwork to Carpentry and Joinery, and Painting and Decorating to Electrical Services. Operational Construction and Building Services courses up to Level 5 are also available.


The variety of Business related courses at Somerset College start at Level 2 (Certificate) and progress right through to degree level qualifications and courses in Business Management. The skills and knowledge that will be developed as part of these courses are transferable into a wide range of industry sectors.


A number of the College’s Business related courses will also cover important areas of Finance, however for those who are keen to develop expertise within this field, then the Professional AAT qualifications in Accounting are also available.

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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.