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Agriculture Level 3

Course code: EFCN200P

Subject area: Agriculture

Study level: School Leaver

Course level: 3

Course details

Course time:

09:30 - 16:30

Days of week:

Monday to Friday

Course date:

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Course location:

Common Leys Farm

Contact details


01993 208 148

This course is designed for those wanting to work in the farming industry. The course combines both the theory and practical aspects of crop and livestock management. It covers the practical applications of agriculture as well as the advanced aspects designed to give you a broad spectrum of knowledge. A period of supported external industrial placement is an integral part of the course allowing you to work in a variety of agriculture establishments. You will get hands on with the lambing of the college ewes, calving, farrowing and daily care of all the college farm livestock including working closely with the farm veterinary surgeons.
You will be based at the Common Leys Farm campus where we have a range of livestock and agricultural machinery. You will get to assist with lambing our ewes and have the opportunity to assist with showing and selling of the college stock. You will also visit and have access to local farms, where you will see a range of different animal and crop husbandry methods as well as receive guest lecture sessions from industry professionals. Students will be working towards a study programme that will include their main vocational qualification, skills in English and Maths, tutorials, enrichment and work experience. These are essential skills for employment. Students will usually attend college 4 days a week from 9.30am -4.30pm.

At Level 3 you can study using different routes:

An Advanced Technical Certificate is covered in 1 year you will study 7 modules - equivalent to 1 A Level.

An Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) – this runs over 2 years, you will study 18 modules in total - equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Course units
Methods of study will include demonstrations, lectures, tutorials, practical tasks and assignment work.

The course will include such topics as; Plant and Soil Science, Crop Production, Livestock Production, Estate skills, Machinery Operations, Animal Health, Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Farm Livestock Husbandry, Grassland Management, Farm Habitat Management, Workshop Practice, Pig Production, Sheep Production, Crop Handling and Storage, Land Based Engineering, Investigative Project, Work Experience and Business Management.

What next?
Students may progress on to higher education and chose to study further at university.
Entry criteria
5 GCSEs at grade 4 including English or Maths. Science (Combined or Biology) not lower than a grade 3.

Or a pass in the subject at level 2, with English and Maths not lower than a grade 3.

Fee information
In addition to the main course fees given below there is an additional cost of £150 for kit / clothing and £80 for a course trip. (Costs are given for guidance only.)

As part of your course we may organise trips to assist you with your learning. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

16-18 Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Kit / Clothing: £75.00

Total Cost: £75.00

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £4,425.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Kit / Clothing: £75.00

Total Cost: £4,500.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Kit / Clothing: £75.00

Total Cost: £75.00

Qualifications received
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture (Livestock)
Learning & method assessment
Assessment is by internally assessed coursework along with externally set and marked exams.
User skills
Students will develop a wide variety of management skills that will prepare them for work within the agriculture industry.