MY name is Eoin McAuley and I am from Glenravel, in County Antrim. I have just completed my final year of the Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Agriculture. This course required me to have a full-time work placement, which I completed on a beef and sheep farm, and to attend class one day per week.
I found this course very enjoyable as it covered a wide range of subject areas such as veterinary, feeding, nutrition, soil science, business management and the environment. The subjects studied all related in some regards to what I was doing on my work placement and improved my understanding of why different activities are carried out on the farm.
My favourite subject was Farm
Business and Accounts. When covering this topic we completed various exercises, including gen-erating gross and net margins, drawing up cash flows and using data from anonymous benchmarked farms to analyse physical performance. This module gave me a greater understanding of the costs associated with farming and the importance of calculating performance. I found this to be a great way to study as it gave me the opportunity to both work and gain a qualification.
In the future I plan to progress onto the Level 4 Diploma in Work Based Agriculture Business Man-agement. This qualification will hopefully let me build on the knowledge and skills gained in Level 3 and develop my technical skills in the hope of advancing my career in agriculture.