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Level 3 Technical Qualification in Agriculture


About The Course

Our Level 3 courses provide a range of different sized options in terms of modules covered, level of study and providing opportunities for progression either into employment or higher education. The majority of our students choose to take a two-year programme completing an Extended Diploma in Agriculture which is equivalent to three A-Levels.  

Students are able to develop practical skills in livestock husbandry and gain underpinning knowledge of crop-related topics. Students will work with a range of livestock animals both onsite and offsite at other farms and businesses. The courses also provide an opportunity for students to develop employability skills alongside gaining confidence in becoming independent learners.

This course is delivered predominantly through theory lessons, some practical work, group seminars and internal and external professional development (industry/work placement). You will also have individual tutorials with your Course Manager on a regular basis in order to monitor and track your progress.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to have five GCSEs at grade 4 or above in maths, English and science (and two others). If you are interested in progressing to university you should be working to at least a grade 5 in these 3 core subjects.

At the interview, we will require evidence of your interest and passion for agriculture and in developing a career working with livestock, crops or machinery.


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Progression can be on to further study (subject to meeting specified entry requirements) into higher education studying subjects such as Agriculture, Applied Farm Management & Rural Land Management. We have had learners attend Harper Adams University, Royal Agricultural University and Aberystwyth University, an Apprenticeship programme or a career within the Agriculture industry. 

Some examples of careers after a Level 3 qualification are:

  • Assistant herdsperson
  • Machinery operator
  • Trails officer