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Agriculture (Mixed Farming, Crop Production & Livestock) Apprenticeship Level 3 at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

This apprenticeship is ideal for people who have some previous experience of the farming industry and combines lectures and project work with employment experience.

There is a strong demand for highly trained, educated and well motivated young people to enter the industry. Career opportunities are diverse, there are approximately 200 different career areas within agriculture including farm management, quality control and overseeing the export of goods. These are not just limited to the UK; the US and New Zealand are also facing a shortage of skilled staff.

As an apprentice, the nature of your work will depend on your employer. Working for a small company could mean you handle a wide range of responsibilities - alternatively, working for a large company might mean you have a more specialised role. Skills taught could include preparing and cultivating sites for planting crops; operating a tractor, harvesting and storing crops, maintaining vehicles and machines. You may also work with livestock, learning how to look after them, selection and breeding, how to load and unload animals, maintain their health and welfare, etc.

Apprenticeships are a well respected and recommended route into this sector.

Course content

  • Work based Diploma Level 3 in Agriculture, Mixed Farming and Livestock - this is the competency part of the qualification and essential for you to achieve the full apprenticeship. This part shows that you are competent in performing the skill, trade or occupation your apprenticeship requires.
  • Additional employer requirements - additional certificates including Emergency First Aid and a Certificate of Competence in the operation of equipment appropriate to your area of work
  • Functional Skills - Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths

Entry requirements

  • You would normally be expected to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English), or a relevant vocational qualification at Level 2 or above.
  • Those applicants without formal qualifications but who can evidence substantial and relevant sector work experience will also be considered.
  • All applicants are offered a place subject to satisfactory interview and an initial assessment in maths and English.


Assessment will take place through practical training at college and work and via theory through a portfolio of evidence. Work-based assessments are also carried out.

Future opportunities

Typical Employment:
From the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship opportunities may include; farm worker, tractor driver, stock person,

From the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship opportunities may include; section head for sheep or beef, agricultural machinery operator, assistant farm manager, livestock technician, supervisor/charge hand/Shepherd or enterprise manager

Further Study:
Level 3 Work based Diploma or Extended Diploma - progressing to higher education such as an HNC/HND or Foundation Degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2016

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