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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

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths 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 three core subjects.

At interview, we will require evidence of your interest and passion for agriculture and in developing a career working with livestock, crops or machinery. We also recommend that you attend one of our taster days that we run across the year to get further insight into what the course will involve.

More information

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, an Apprenticeship programme or a career within the Agriculture industry. Careers after level 3 can include:

  • Assistant herdsperson
  • Machinery operator
  • Trails officer