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Agriculture Intermediate (Level 2)

Agriculture Intermediate (Level 2) students at Kingshill Farm.


Agriculture Intermediate (Level 2)

The full-time BTEC Technical Diploma in Agriculture Level 2 is a 1-year course which provides the skills to progress to a more advanced qualification or work in the agricultural industry. The course will prepare you to work with livestock, crops and learn about machinery operations, plant and soil management and introduce you to the agricultural industry. You will undertake an extended work placement with an employer to support your understanding of the industry. You will learn about the wider agricultural industry including a variety of industry jobs such as farm co-ordinator, livestock person, agronomy and machinery operator.

As Part of your course you will study at our working Kingshill Farm Site. The farm has 98 hectares of arable cropping, including Wheat, Barley, Peas, Sugar Beet and permanent pasture and a pedigree Herd of Red Poll Cattle and Lambing duties during the spring term. You will learn to drive, calibrate and maintain farm equipment and provide care and undertake routine tasks for farm livestock. You will be taught by industry specialists with access to modern farming methods and specialist equipment and resources. By learning on our working farm you will have access to the largest classroom on site to support your knowledge and understanding to progress onto a level 3 qualification.

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Course information

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Entry requirements 

3 GCSEs grades 9-1 and a keen interest in the subject OR equivalent qualification at Level E3. Other relevant levels of qualification or experience will be considered.


BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma In Agriculture GCSE Maths and English if required.

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.

Course content

There are five mandatory units:

  • Health and Safety
  • An introduction to plant and soil science
  • Agricultural work placement
  • Land-based machine operations
  • Estate maintenance

You will also Study 3 further units which are specific to horticulture development · Crop production · Livestock Husbandry · Introduction to working in the agricultural industry

Industry placement 

You will be required to complete a mandatory period of work experience covering 150 hours in total, this can be either as a one day a week placement or block placement set by the college.

Next steps

Course progression: Following successful completion of this course you will be able to progress to a Level 3 Qualification within agriculture or other land based sector.

Career progression: Agricultural job opportunities following completion of the course include Livestock worker General farm worker Machinery operator.

Additional information

To study this course you will be required to have: PPE: Steel Toe Capped Boots or Wellington Boots 1 Pairs of Overalls or water proof coveralls To take part in this course you will be required to pay up to £60 for PPE. There will also be non-compulsory trips of approximately £300 to support with wider industry understanding.

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded* 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

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 might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

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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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.  

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.


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Additional formats

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