Course: BTEC Level 3 in Agriculture

Department: Agriculture

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

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).

What You Study

  • Crop production
  • Livestock husbandry
  • Estate skills
  • Machinery operations
  • Work experience
  • Professional working responsibilities
  • Maths and / or English (if not achieved at grade 4).

Entry Requirements

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.

Chantelle Beaumont-Hayes

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.”