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Agriculture level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This programme is delivered in partnership with Whirlow Hall Farm Trust and you will attend 1 day per week at the farm as part of your studies. You will learn a variety of subjects relating to Agriculture.

The subjects covered include animal biology, animal anatomy and physiology, the principles of plant and soil science, business management, estate skills, managing agricultural environments, livestock production, poultry production, livestock breeding and nutrition, animal health, sheep production, beef production, pig production, farm livestock husbandry, habitat management, investigative project and work experience.

Course content

The course is taught by experienced tutors who have relevant industrial experience, including work with the RSPCA, veterinary nursing, environmental conservation and agriculture.

The course gives you a chance to improve and broaden your agricultural and scientific knowledge. It is taught through theory and practical sessions and you will be required to complete 9 weeks of work experience throughout the two years of study. This is arranged as 3 x 3 week blocks over the two years. Whilst you are on work placement you will be required to attend the placement Monday to Friday for the hours the placements state. Some farms may want you to start at 8.00am and / or work over weekends. Work experience is a compulsory part of the course. If you do not complete your placements you will not be able to achieve the qualification.

Visits will be arranged during the year to various places, such as farms, zoos and other types of animal establishment. You are expected to attend the visits.

You are expected to study GCSEs in English and/or Maths where necessary.

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and who has a keen ambition to work with animals and an interest in farming and working outdoors.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at 4 - 9 / A* - C or acceptable alternatives, must include Science at 4-9 and a minimum grade 4 in English Language and Maths.


All units are assessed and graded (Pass, Merit and Distinction) and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. The units are assessed by a programme of assignments and practical work. There are no traditional exams, but this does mean that you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Financial information

For some of the visits you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the entrance fee and travel, which you will be able to pay in instalments throughout the year.

You will need to purchase some overalls. You will also need a pair of wellington or steel toe-capped boots. You are advised to obtain a USB memory stick (minimum 1Gb). Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college's Learner Support Fund.



At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

An EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture should enable you to progress into careers in farming, animal charities, zoos, animal collections, stud farms and many other areas of the animal care industry. Students who achieve good grades could also go onto study in Higher Education.

Sheffield City College also has progression accords with Nottingham Trent University and Moulton College, which means that you will be guaranteed an interview on some of their degree programmes (dependant on grades). Former students have gone on to study Degrees in Agriculture at Askham Bryan College.

Further information

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school. Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website.

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm-7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: CFNAG1