Purpose of this Qualification

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare the qualifying learner to practice as a farmer in the farming field of the farmer’s choice, be it agronomy, horticulture, animal husbandry or a combination of any of the mentioned fields.


Modules and Courses

Module 1: Mathematical Literacy

  • Analyse cultural products and processes as representations of shape, space and time
  • Describe and represent objects and the environment in terms of shape, space, time and motion
  • Critically analyse how mathematics is used in social, political and economic relations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and use the numbering system
  • Use maps to access and communicate information concerning routes, location and direction
  • Working with numbers in various contexts

Module 2: Communication

  • Engage with aesthetic, effective, cultural and social values in texts
  • Explore and use a variety of strategies to learn (revised)
  • Read and respond to a range of text types. Show a critical awareness of language usage
  • Use appropriate communication skills, conventions and structures for specific purposes and situations

Module 3: Farming Principles

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role and impact of technology in society
  • Demonstrate an understanding of agricultural production management practices in relation to the socio-economic environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and biological environment and its relationship to sustainable crop production
  • Show, explain, discuss and analyse the relationship between society and natural environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of soil preparation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cultivation of soil and the control of weeds

Module 4: Agricultural Business

  • Demonstrate an understanding of contracts and their sources
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how scientific skills and knowledge could contribute to sustainable use of resources
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of supply and demand, and the concept: production. Discuss development, utilisation, and management of human and natural resources. Operate in a team

Module 5: Health and Safety Principles

  • Demonstrate skills that relate to a safe and secure environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its implications
  • Maintain occupational health and safety
  • Demonstrate an understanding of occupational health, safety and environmental legislation relevant to the food or beverage environment

Module 6: Farming Practices

  • Erect and maintain wire fencing
  • Harvest crops manually
  • Irrigate crops to maintain a predetermined moisture content
  • Control weeds, pests and plant diseases in an agricultural field using chemicals
  • Apply fertiliser manually
  • Control nematodes manually using chemicals
  • Control weeds manually


Duration: 12 Months

Delivery: Classroom/Online/Blended


Grade 10

Computer Literacy


Possible careers on completion

Qualifying learners could follow a career in:

  • Farmer
  • Farm Supervisor
  • Farm Team Leader

Exit level Outcomes

  • On achieving this qualification, the learner will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively. Problem-solve within the farming sector
  • Utilise effective practical skills in farming
  • Effectively show competence in farming at NQF level 1. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Demonstrate understanding of supply and demand, and the concept of production
  • Demonstrate understanding of a general business plan and apply it to a selected business idea
  • Demonstrate understanding to identify different types of business and their legal implications
  • Demonstrate the ability to start and run a business and adapt to a changing business environment
  • Effectively identify, analyse and select various business opportunities
  • Effectively access, process, use and present information
  • Use appropriate communication skills, conventions and structures for specific purpose situations


National Certificate: Farming NQF Level 1

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