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Agriculture - City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) qualification is a popular option for school leavers, young adults and successful Level 2 Certificate students. This two-year 18-unit course is equivalent to three A Levels and is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of agriculture, encompassing practical techniques and technical skills.

The units studied have a strong academic focus – requiring dedication and hard work – whilst still delivering a range of important practical skills. Students enjoy the wide variety of subjects that are covered, with the course having been designed to develop and build knowledge and skills throughout the two-year period.

Course content

The course incorporates all 12 units from the two-year Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (720) (listed separately), with students on the 1080 Diploma studying an extra 3 units each year. Additional units include land-based workshop practice (repairing and fabricating equipment), crop production, forage crop production and business planning (producing a business plan with cash flow budgets and profit budgets). The course also addresses the role of agriculture in relation to environmental concerns, habitat management and modern farming practices.

A wide range of additional qualifications are available to students (some at additional cost), enhancing their employment prospects. These may include training and assessment in Health & Safety, ATV operation, livestock husbandry, animal transport and tractor driving.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above including Maths and English Language (plus any course specific subjects listed on the relevant fact sheet), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Certificate at Distinction including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to enable all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080)  prepares students for supervisory and junior management positions in the industry. It is also a perfect foundation for students wishing to progress to Higher Education – offering up to 168 UCAS Tariff points towards entrance on a range of degree courses here at Myerscough or at other universities and colleges.

Our courses in agriculture will help prepare you for a career in the industry, by combining relevant background skills with knowledge of livestock technology and business enterprise. The expertise of the agriculture team at Myerscough College reflects this. The team consists of agriculturalists with a range of specialisms, ecologists, conservationists and game specialists.

Past students have gone on to employment as general farm workers or farm managers, enterprise managers, shepherds and tractor drivers/contractors, agricultural advisers and herd managers. Many job opportunities also exist within the allied industries and students have progressed to work with feed companies, breeding companies, animal health specialists, finance specialists and machinery dealerships. 

Further information

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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: 17 October 2017
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