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Level 3

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1-2 years, depending on study route

Start Date

September 2023

The course

Are you looking to launch a career within agriculture? This course is for you. Designed in consultation with employers and professional bodies, it identifies knowledge, understanding and technical skills that employers will need in the coming years.

As well as direct entry to employment, this qualification will prepare you for higher study of a specialist degree or Higher National Diploma (HND).

Course Information

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

You will need 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.

You will normally be on campus three days per week.

Work experience forms a large part of the study programme. You will need to complete over 300 hours off-site work experience. This has to be undertaken in an area related area to your main qualification and you are expected to secure this prior to commencing the course if possible.
There are three main forms of assessment to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.
  • High-visibility jacket/ bib
  • Overalls
  • Steel toe cap boots
  • Wellingtons
  • Waterproofs
  • Lab coat
  • Notepad and pens
  • Smartphone or laptop
You will be able to progres to degree level study. A range of options, including HNCs and bachelor's degrees, are available at Riseholme 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.

Careers this course could lead into

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