Course Title: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture
Course Code: AG217

This qualification is highly respected within the farming community and is suitable for both school leavers and mature students. It is designed to provide you with a very wide range of specialist technical practical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding which will equip you to seek a diverse range of employment opportunities, or to further learning and training within the agricultural industry.

This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of working in farming such as safe working practices in farming, livestock husbandry and crop production, plant and soil science, estate skills and operating agricultural machinery as well as business skills. In your first year you will complete the units for the Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture. In your second year you specialise in either livestock, arable or farm mechanisation (subject to numbers).

You will have the opportunity to work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible work placements will also be provided by the employers. This practical based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment in the agricultural industry or progression to specialist further study, including a range of degree courses. Employment prospects for qualified and experienced young people with the right attitude are excellent as the industry is experiencing a skills shortage.



City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture

Course Content

During the first year you will complete the units for the Level 3 90 credit Diploma in Agriculture.

Year 2 - Livestock pathway:
Farm animal health and nutrition
Farm animal science
Dairy production
Sheep production

Year 2 - Arable pathway:
Spreaders and sprayers
Principles of grassland management
Combinable crop production

Year 2 - Farm mechanisation pathway:
Undertake land-based workshop processes
Repair land-based cultivation or drilling machinery
Mechanised agricultural crop handling and storage

The second year of the course also offers the opportunity to achieve further additional qualifications (subject to satisfactory attendance and completion of assignments) such as Telehandlers, PA1/2, ATVs, Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines and Animal Transport. Much of the training for these qualifications is included within the course and in most cases only assessment fees need to be paid by students wishing to achieve these additional qualifications.

The second year of the course includes a week long study tour to Europe.

Entry Requirements

4 GSCEs at grade 4/C or above, including English and maths and science OR a relevant Level 2 Certificate at Distinction level, OR an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Agriculture with good levels of English and maths. Mature students lacking formal qualifications will also be considered. Enthusiasm, relevant practical experience and the ability to cope with written work is required. Progression to the second year of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture is dependent upon successful completion of the Level 3 90 credit Diploma in Agriculture.

Next Steps

FdSc Agricultural Science Level 4 BASIS Foundation Award in Agronomy

Career Opportunities

Herdsperson/Shepherd/Dairyman Agricultural contractor Assistant poultry unit manager Trainee agronomist Agricultural technician Fixed plant manager Sprayer operator Machinery technician Farm mechanic Dairy worker Farm trader Grain store worker Skilled tractor drivers Farm business secretary Lecturer in agriculture Skilled arable operator Estate maintenance Dairy manager Agricultural sales Land maintenance