Year 12 Primary Industries Academy

12ACP
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: T. Phillips

This course is the Primary Industries Academy which will take up 3 of your option lines. 

Case by case exceptions to this may apply if required and in consultation with the teacher in charge and trade academy co-ordinator. 

If you are interested in working in the agriculture, horticulture, forestry, sports turf or land conservation areas, then this course is for you. It explores our Primary Industries which employs 350,000 people in New Zealand, generating $36 billion annually in export earnings.

The programme for this skills aspect of the academy focuses on learning in the agriculture, apiculture and horticulture industries. Student will explore the following 

- What are the primary sectors and primary industries, what they provide to New Zealand's Economy and the employment opportunities available in each sector.

- Building permanent farm fences, temporary electric fences, replacing battens and repairing farm fences. 

- Pest species in New Zealand and the impact they have on the primary sector, setting up traps, skinning and plucking possums

- First aid, health and safety in a rural setting. 

-  Assist with handling livestock when moving and drafting, when livestock are distressed, assist with livestock grazing management, and feed livestock under direct supervision. 

- Demonstrate understanding of honey bee physical features, castes, bee stings and beehive health. 

-Demonstrate knowledge of how cows produce milk, 

-Demonstrate knowledge of features, attributes, identification and records for sheep

- Plant out by hand utilising the school's vegetable garden, 

- Identify plants 

- Attend both Dargaville Field days and the National field days in Mystery Creek Hamilton 

\- Carry out a long term practical investigation around chick growth and development with different brands of chick starter.

- Explore the range of reproductive techniques used in livestock reproduction such as heat detection, artificial insemination, controlled internal drug release (CIDR), embryo transfer, scanning, flushing, induction. As part of this, students will explore the hormones involved in reproduction and learn about the Oestrus cycle. They will also go into why it is done with regards to timing, quantity, genetics and economics. 

- Research the environmental impacts of primary production in Northland, where students will select a primary industry and explore the negative and positive impacts it has on the soil, water, air and living organisms. Students could choose horticulture or agriculture, depending on their field of interest.

- Explore how management practices influence plant growth and development in New Zealand commercial production and how New Zealand commercial management practices influence livestock growth and development.


Students who have a passion in equine also have the opportunity of attending a week long block course at Barge park.

Students gain some industry experience in agriculture, horticulture and apiculture by attending a gateway placement on a farm or orchard. 

There will be an emphasis on environmental sustainability, innovation and business skills. The academy will provide students with valuable, transferable skills and knowledge. 

This course intends to provide students with a gateway to careers in Primary Industries. It maintains multiple pathways that provide opportunities for employment in the primary sector, farm based training, or study at tertiary level including entry to University, with many of these providers (or students who have attended these), visiting this class throughout the year. 

Participation in this intensive will ensure success in NCEA Level 2 and students will achieve NCEA level 2 with the Primary Industries Vocational Pathway Award. 

 




Pathway

Year 13 Environmental Science, Year 13 Primary Industries

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry


Credit Information
Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
U.S. 37 v5 Install fencing wire
3
I
6
U.S. 424 v8 Assess and manage an emergency care situation during an outdoor recreation activity
3
I
5
U.S. 561 v5 Install, dismantle, and store temporary electric fences
2
I
2
U.S. 577 v6 Dag and crutch sheep with prepared equipment
2
I
5
U.S. 6400 v6 Manage first aid in an emergency situation
3
I
2
U.S. 6401 v6 Provide first aid
2
I
1
U.S. 6402 v8 Provide basic life support
1
I
1
U.S. 18191 v4 Describe safe handling and health problems of dairy cattle associated with milking
2
I
3
U.S. 18192 v4 Demonstrate knowledge of how cows produce milk
2
I
2
U.S. 19106 v3 Assist with handling livestock when moving and drafting, and when livestock are distressed
2
I
4
U.S. 19116 v4 Demonstrate knowledge of livestock behaviour and welfare in a primary industry operation
2
I
3
U.S. 20574 v3 Identify plants
2
I
5
U.S. 20793 v2 Skin possums for possum fur recovery
3
I
4
U.S. 20794 v2 Hand pluck possums for possum fur recovery
2
I
2
U.S. 20795 v2 Machine pluck possums for possum fur recovery
2
I
2
U.S. 23540 v2 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards, hazard control, and the consequences of injury in a rural workplace
2
I
5
U.S. 24630 v4 Assist with livestock grazing management, and feed livestock under direct supervision
2
I
4
U.S. 24641 v1 Demonstrate knowledge of features, attributes, identification, and records for sheep
2
I
2
U.S. 24822 v2 Install wooden battens for fencing
2
I
4
U.S. 24832 v2 Open and draw out a coil of wire, tie knots, join wire, and prepare wire for transport and storage
2
I
5
U.S. 24833 v2 Identify and maintain fencing tools and equipment, and identify fencing construction materials and wire types
2
I
3
U.S. 24834 v2 Replace a broken post and repair a broken wire in fences
2
I
5
U.S. 24835 v1 Identify the location of a fault in electric fences, and replace electric fence components
2
I
3
U.S. 24836 v3 Describe nonelectric fences, fence support materials, and safe practices in fencing
2
I
2
U.S. 29335 v1 Demonstrate understanding of rural pest animal operations in New Zealand
3
I
8
U.S. 29336 v1 Demonstrate understanding of the purpose and impacts of rural pest animal operations
3
I
3
U.S. 29338 v1 Prepare and use traps to control rural pest animals
3
I
6
U.S. 29502 v1 Plant out by hand under close supervision
2
I
5
U.S. 29633 v1 Demonstrate understanding of the New Zealand primary sectors and industries
2
I
4
U.S. 30791 v1 Demonstrate understanding of honey bee physical features, castes, bee stings and beehive health
2
I
5
U.S. 31656 v1 Demonstrate knowledge of safe work practices in a primary industry operation
2
I
10
A.S. 91289 v2 Agricultural and Horticultural Science 2.1 - Carry out an extended practical agricultural or horticultural investigation
2
I
4
Y
Y
A.S. 91292 v2 Agricultural and Horticultural Science 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of how management practices influence plant growth and development in NZ commercial production
2
I
4
Y
A.S. 91293 v2 Agricultural and Horticultural Science 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of livestock reproductive techniques in commercial production in New Zealand
2
I
4
Y
A.S. 91294 v3 Agricultural and Horticultural Science 2.6 - Demonstrate understanding of how NZ commercial management practices influence livestock growth and development
2
E
4
Y
A.S. 91298 v2 Agricultural and Horticultural Science 2.10 - Report on the environmental impact of the production of a locally produced primary product
2
I
4
Y
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 141 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 137 credits.

Pathway Tags

Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Agricultural Technician, Beekeeper, Statistician, Arborist, Automotive Technician, Farmer/Farm Manager, Biosecurity Officer, Butcher, Farm Worker, Crop Worker, Forest Manager, Forestry and Logging Worker, Agricultural Field Representative, Groundsperson, Health and Safety Adviser, Nursery Grower/Worker, Packhouse Worker, Crop Farmer/Crop Manager, Landscaper, Quarantine Officer, Heavy Truck Driver, Firefighter, Forestry Scientist, Helicopter Pilot, Project Manager, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Debt Collector, Dairy Processing Operator, Dairy Farmer, Importer/Exporter, Water/Waste Water Treatment Operator, Wool Classer, Shearer, Metal Worker, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Horse Trainer, Veterinarian, Aeroplane Pilot, Aquaculture Farmer, Fencer