This new qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies. It identifies knowledge, understanding and technical skills that employers will need from you entering the sector in the coming years.
As well as direct entry to employment, this qualification will prepare you for higher study of a specialist degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma. This route gives you the opportunity to enter the sector at a higher level, or in a more specialist role. No prior study of the sector is needed but you will have a range of achievement at Level 2, in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.
There are three main forms of assessment to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.
Work experience forms a large part of the study programme with learners needing to complete over 300 hours off-site work experience. This has to be undertaken in an area related area to your main qualification and learners are expected to secure this prior to commencing the course if possible.
A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.
- Extended Certificate (one year)
- Foundation Diploma (one year)
- Diploma (two years)
- Extended Diploma (two years).
- Crop production
- Livestock husbandry
- Estate skills
- Machinery operations
- Work experience
- Professional working responsibilities
- Maths and / or English (if not achieved at grade 4).
One or two years full-time, depending on pathway.
Work on a farm in a supervisory role, managing staff on an arable and livestock farm, as a livestock procurement manager, livestock and crop specialist, agricultural policy analyst and many more.
Four GCSEs at grade 4 equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent. One satisfactory reference is also needed.
BTEC Level 3 in Agriculture
“Bishop Burton is a really good college. Everyone is there to help you and having the farm to work on helps you understand it more, rather than just sitting in a classroom. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to study agriculture.”
Chantelle has benefitted greatly from the opportunity to work on the College farm as part of her course.
She and her fellow Agriculture students have developed a wide range of practical skills across many different areas of farming, which has helped prepare them for careers in the industry.
Chantelle is planning to further enhance these skills by progressing to study a degree in Agriculture at the College.
“We have done a mixture of arable and livestock farming, so everything to do with crops and all different farm animals,” she said.
“We have done a lot of practical work on the farm. It involves shearing sheep, for example, checking on the crops – all aspects of farming really.
“I’m now looking at staying at the College to do a degree and would like to follow in my dad’s footsteps as an agronomist.
“Bishop Burton is a really good college. Everyone is there to help you and having the farm to work on helps you understand it more, rather than just sitting in a classroom. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to study Agriculture.”