Agriculture Level 3
This programme will give you the skills and knowledge to excel in the agriculture industry. It is a vocational course equivalent to up to 3 A Levels and up to 168 UCAS points.
The programme includes a balance between the “hands-on” practical sessions and theory and will give you a real insight into the agriculture industry. Our working commercial farm will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and undertake a range of farm duties with the team. Our farm includes a grass-based dairy system, digital management systems, a sheep flock and a mixture of pasture and arable land. We run an extensive programme of trips and visits as well as running masterclasses with a wide range of industry specialists and guest speakers. In the spring term, you are required to complete an industry placement as part of your course to further enhance your employability skills and develop industry contacts.
Over 70% of the jobs in the agricultural industry involve knowledge of animal and plant production, science, data management, technology and genetics. If you’re ambitious, there are national and international opportunities for you in this industry.
Topics you will cover include:
- Animal and plant science
- Nutrition and breeding
- Livestock health and husbandry
- Crop and grassland husbandry and production
- Dairy management and husbandry
- Business management
- Machinery operations
- Forklift and ATV use and handling
- Research project
- Sheep and beef production
All full-time students are required to study maths and English at the appropriate level. Please see page 8 for more details.
Students have the opportunity for a small additional fee to gain tickets in ATV, Forklift, Pesticide and Tractor operations.
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma 1080 in Agriculture
- Five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above (including science, maths and English), or Merit grade or above in a BTEC or City and Guilds Level 2 qualification or equivalent
- You will need at be at least 16 years of age at start of the course
- You will need to complete an interview and initial assessment
- You will need to demonstrate an enthusiasm for this subject area
Progression routes shown are dependent on the successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
- Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture
- Agriculture Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree
- Advanced apprenticeship at level 3 or level 4
- BSc (Hons) Agriculture
Employment options may include:
- Senior herdsperson/stockperson
- Agricultural technician
- Farm manager
- Machinery and technology specialist
- Machinery and livestock sales
- Agronomist, nutritionist or researcher after additional higher level study
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Please note that any costs shown here are subject to change and that there may be additional material costs for your course. There are various bursaries available to support eligible students with course-related costs.
Aged 16-18 years
There are no tuition or examination fees.
Aged 19 or over (at the start of the course)
Different fees apply depending on your individual circumstances and prior qualifications. Please refer to page 14 for more details or telephone 01691 688029 to speak to somebody who will be able to help.
Additional Course Cost
The Additional Cost, payable to the College is: £100. You will be asked to pay this or to put arrangements in place to pay this, at enrolment. Additional Costs are incurred to support teaching, learning and assessment. This includes the use of specialist and/or industry standard equipment, visits, learning materials and resources.
For this course, you must purchase personal equipment, costing approximately £120 to be used on your course. The College provides a list of items and suppliers and you purchase this equipment directly unless you are in receipt of a bursary.
You will need to purchase sufficient stationery. Courses that include work placements or work experience may incur travelling costs.We also offer a range of optional activities and visits outside of your course. These would be charged for separately and usually run subject to demand.