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Agriculture Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

This course will provide you with a vast knowledge and experience base to support a career in the agricultural industry.
During the course you will learn about a range of agricultural subjects including dairy, beef and sheep production, crops, machinery, estate management, conservation and farm business management.
A very hands-on, practical course, you will spend time working on a full range of farm enterprises including Holstein/Friesian dairy herd; pedigree Limousin suckler herd, Hereford suckler herd, lowland ewe flock, organically grazed ewe flock, dairy replacements, range of calf and beef production systems and comprehensive arable cropping.
All students undertake farm routine duties in addition to their core course activities. For this reason, residential accommodation at the college is encouraged during the first and second year of the programme.

Course content

Units of study are wide ranging and can include: 

  • Understand Agricultural Forage Crop Production 
  • Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector 
  • Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries 
  • Business Management in the Land-based Sector 
  • Undertaking Pig Production 
  • Undertaking Farm Habitat Management 
  • Participate in Business Planning and Improvement in the Land-based Sector 
  • Understand the Principles of Plant Science 
  • Understand the Principles of Soil Science 
  • Undertake Estate Skills 
  • Undertake Agricultural Crop Production 
  • Undertaking Sheep Production 
  • Undertake Beef Production 
  • Undertake Dairy Production 
  • Understand Grassland Management 
  • Undertaking Land-based Machinery Operations 
  • Understanding Principles of Land-based Machinery 
Note: units covered are subject to change in line with developments in the industry.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake either functional skills or GCSE English or Maths as appropriate to make sure you have these essential qualifications when you progress either to employment or to higher education.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs grade A*-C including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
  • A good reference
  • A satisfactory interview


During the course you will study 18 units to achieve the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture. Each unit will be assessed through a combination of written assignments, class exercises, practical assessments and end of unit assessments.
The Learning Resources Centre is open all day and some evenings to help you study on your own, and you are able to complete written assignments at home or in the college residential accommodation.
The final qualification will be BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture. Completion of the first year will provide you with a Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Agriculture.

Future opportunities

Completion of this course will enable you to move into higher education, such as HNDs, HNCs or degree courses.
Successful completion of this course is perfect preparation for you to continue studying at Lackham on our Foundation Degree in Agricultural Management or at an alternative Higher Education Institution.
Employment progression opportunities could include working as a livestock or arable unit manager, contracting or managing your own farm, or a career in agronomy, grain testing, sales, consultancy or agricultural research. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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