The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture is a full-time course with attendance at College over three days per week, with the remainder of the week spent at a suitable work placement. This course is suitable for those who wish to progress to running the family farm or who wish to gain employment at a more senior level within agriculture.
The Level 3 City and Guilds College Extended Diploma is made up of 180 credits.
A 90 credit Diploma will be completed in year 1 and the full Extended Diploma in year 2.
A full range of units will be studied. This includes; animal and crop science, animal production systems, soil management, rural business management, estate maintenance and machinery systems.
There will also be a suitable period of relevant work experience.
You will need to have 4 GCSEs at grade C or above preferably including Maths and English / Welsh or have a relevant Level 2 Qualification in Agriculture. Entry will also be subject to the applicant having a reasonable amount of practical experience in agriculture and is dependent on a successful interview and initial assessment.
Upon completing an agriculture course, students can choose from a wide range of practical career paths within the UK agricultural sector, including farm manager, livestock manager, nutritionist, agronomist, farm consultant, farm inspector and auctioneer.
Many of our students progress to higher education either at the College studying the HND in Agriculture course or to other institutions to study other agriculture-related degrees.
All students will undertake additional skills in numeracy, communications and digital literacy – these will be largely integrated into your main course.
Students are required to attend college 3 days a week and will be expected to find a suitable work placement to attend during the remaining 2 days.
Students will also be given the opportunity to complete a range of National Proficiency Test Competency (NPTC)
Certificates to include:
• Safe Use of Sheep Dips
• Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines
• Safe Use of Pesticides
• Telescopic Handler
Students will be assessed throughout the course by a series of practical and written assessments and assignments. Evidence will also be gathered from the workplace to support the college-based practical assessments.
You will need appropriate working clothes and footwear to include overalls, waterproofs, steel toecap boots and wellingtons. All working clothes and footwear must be clean as biosecurity is of maximum importance.