This is a broad-based course for those with a passion for working with crops or livestock. It combines theory and practical work to fully equip you for the world of work. A range of study pathways over one or two years are available to suit your needs.
A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.
- One-year Extended Certificate
- One-year Foundation Diploma
- Two-year Diploma
- Two-year Extended Diploma.
- Soil and plant science
- Agriculture business and income generation project
- Estate skills
- Farm livestock husbandry
- Crop production
- Pig, dairy, sheep and beef production
- Root and vegetable production
- Machinery operation
- Work experience
- Professional working responsibilities
- English and Maths, as required.
One to two years, depending on study route.
Students can go on to study Agriculture at degree-level at Bishop Burton College.
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 C or 4 or 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.”