Agriculture HND Students Gain Top Grades

There was a trio of distinctions for three students who have just graduated from Newtown College (part of NPTC Group of Colleges ) after completing their Higher National Diplomas in agriculture. Aleshia Powell, Kira Newey, and Libby Jones have all achieved top grades in the course after previously gaining their Level 3 qualifications, at Newtown College.


The students have received praise from Martin Watkin, Deputy Head of School for Catering, Hospitality, and Agriculture who said: 

“The 2020 group is the first cohort to complete the HND Agriculture course and to have three students achieving the highest grade obtainable is a fantastic result for the trio and reflects the hard work they put in over the two years.”


The HND Agriculture course introduces a diverse range of employment opportunities within the land-based sector. Aleshia Powell has taken a position with the international cattle breeding company Genus-ABS, Kira Newey has joined NPTC Group of Colleges as a lecturer in Agriculture and Libby Jones has taken a role on her family farm.


“The HND Agriculture course was designed to suit the needs of those seeking professional development, studying at a higher education level in a local college whilst enabling them to fulfill other commitments such as part-time employment,” said Sue Lloyd-Jones, Head of School for Catering, Hospitality, and Agriculture at the College.


“The three of them have all worked alongside their studies and I am very proud of them and the fact that the course has fulfilled its original objective,” she added.


To find out more details about the HND Agriculture course, entry requirements, and how to apply please contact Sue Lloyd-Jones at For those working in the industry, the HND will be fully subsidised in the first year (subject to employer eligibility criteria).