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Agriculture Intermediate (Level 2)

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Agriculture Intermediate (Level 2)

This study programme will cover the foundation knowledge and skills needed for you to progress on to a Level 3 qualification, including estate maintenance, machinery use, livestock husbandry, crop production, business management and work experience.

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 12/09/2022
Type: Full Time
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Length: 2 years
Fees: £2,085.00
Apply online Fee notes: If you need to pay for your course the fee indicated above is the fee for each year of the course.

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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 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 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 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.

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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.  

Course information

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need…

Duration: 1 year

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 ideally including English & maths OR
  • Agriculture or Countryside at Level 1

Duration: 2 years

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 ideally including English & maths and a keen interest in land-based studies
  • Other relevant levels of qualification or experience will be considered
Course content

Areas of study on this programme are varied and will allow you to develop the practical skills and knowledge required to begin work in the agricultural sector or progress to further study. Throughout the study programme you will continue to develop your skills in English and Maths.

Year 1 subject units will include:

  • Being organised
  • Developing a personal progression plan
  • Working with others
  • Researching a topic
  • Finding out about the land-based sector
  • Caring for and feeding animals
  • Moving and accommodating animals Growing plants
  • Caring for and keeping plants healthy Using workshop tools in a land based setting

Year 2 subject units will include:

  • Introduction to working in land based industries Introduction to plant and soil sciences
  • Agricultural work placement Livestock husbandry Crop Production
  • Farming and agricultural estate maintenance

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 undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries.

Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills.

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses; a variety of methods of assessment will be used, including presentation, case studies, assignments and practical assessments.

  • Land-based Studies BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma
  • Agriculture BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma
  • English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

You can progress on to Agriculture Level 3, or employment in the farming industry as a farm hand or related role. Some of our students have gained employment in the local farming community and a large percentage progress on to the Level 3 qualification.

To take part in this course you will be required to pay up to £60 for materials. There will also be noncompulsory trips of approximately £500.

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 click here.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.