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Agriculture Advanced (Level 3)

Agriculture Advanced (Level 3)


Agriculture Advanced (Level 3)

The Extended Diploma is a two-year Full-time study programme in agriculture. You will study 15 units, three of which are externally assessed. This study programme includes a broad range of units to enable you to develop the knowledge and technical skills required to work this area. This study programme focuses on the agricultural land management, livestock production and crop production. Areas of study include plant and soil science, farm livestock husbandry, crop production, machinery operations and estate skills. The programme enables you to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a range of agricultural work including arable and livestock production, machinery operations, business management and agricultural science.

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.

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Course information

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 ideally including English and maths.

Course content

The Programme focuses on agriculture with a strong focus on crop and livestock management throughout the programme, and in addition you will develop practical skills involved in animal handling and crop protection.

Subject units:

Mandatory units include:

  • Professional Working Responsibilities
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Contemporary Issues in the Land-based Sectors
  • Work Experience in the Land-based Sectors
  • Land-based Machinery Operations
  • Managing Environmental Activities in Agriculture
  • Estate Skills
  • Managing Activities for Agricultural Enterprises
  • Agricultural Business Improvements

You will also study a number of specialist units, which may include:

  • Crop Production
  • Farm Livestock Husbandry
  • Root Crop and Field Vegetable Production
  • Beef Production
  • Sheep Production
  • Grass and Forage Crop Production

English and maths:

If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work experience:

You will be required to find a work placement in both year 1 and 2 of the course to achieve the industry experience unit.

Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills.

Additional vocational learning and qualifications:

  • A number of trips will be organised in the UK and abroad, and you will also have the opportunity to enter competitions and participate in agriculture shows.
  • The College works closely with the local community and employers to give you the experience of the working environment.
  • You could also study to achieve the following additional qualifications:
    • Tractor driving
    • Fork lift truck
    • Pesticide application
    • Stockmanship
Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses using a variety of methods, including presentations, case studies, assignments and practical assessments. There are also externally set and marked assessments on this course. There are also externally set assessments for professional working responsibilities, plant and soil science and contemporary issues in the landbased sector. These are written examinations lasting 1 hour 30 minutes each.

  • Agriculture BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • English and maths qualifications if required

Additional qualifications (at an additional cost) include:

  • Safe Use of Pesticides NPTC Level 2 Award
  • NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines
  • NPTC Level 2 Award in Landbased Forklift Truck Operations.

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

On completion of this study programme you could progress on to the Agriculture Foundation Degree (FdSc) here at the College, a university-level course elsewhere, or find employment in the agriculture sector.

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information. Visit our accommodation page for more information click here.

As part of the study programme you will be able to take additional professional qualifications for example qualifications in the use of tractors, fork lift and pesticide application. Please be aware that there may be an additional awarding body cost for these qualifications. In order to partake in the study programme you will be required to wear clothing suitable for working outdoors, including steeltoe capped boots and protective overalls for all practical sessions.

You will be required to pay up to £60 for materials. There will also be non-compulsory trips of approximately £500.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19 years and above, and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 19 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over and want to achieve your first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate, diploma or A-Levels) then this course is free.

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Shuttleworth College Agriculture Level 3


My dad is a Gamekeeper and so being out in the countryside is a natural lifestyle for me. I’ve grown up doing all sorts of countryside pursuits and now enjoy shooting, plus some dog agility! Shuttleworth was recommended to me by a friend who said the Agriculture courses were very good, so I chose to come down here and stay in Halls.  

I love how hands-on we get to be on the course; we are trusted to be with the cattle and get involved with the lambing, so the environment feels very mature. As I live on site I am able to pop up to the farm and see where I can help at any time.  

As we cover machinery, maintenance and livestock on the course, it really prepares you for working in the industry, plus we gain lots of industry contacts through the cattle showing and lambing, even with the local butchers.  

Livestock is my favourite part of the course, although I am going to work on an arable farm over the summer, just to cover all options! I’ve already completed work experience on a pig farm, game farm, turkey farm and fruit farm!  

Our tutors are fantastic; they’re so helpful and will do all they can to help us, even if that means giving up their lunchtime for some halter training with the cattle! They always put the students first.  

After College I would like to go to Harper Adams University, or first travel to New Zealand to work out there for a year on a dairy farm or in lambing. I’d eventually like to get into a career in genetics, but would love to have my own small holding as well.  

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