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Agriculture Level 3 Extended Diploma at Writtle University College

Course description

This course introduces students to working with livestock, machinery and crops; the programme provides a more advanced background to the agricultural industry and demonstrates the variety of different career paths that exist. This course is designed to provide you with a broad base of agricultural knowledge, science, husbandry and practical skills required by the industry today.

Course content

The following titles are the modules you will complete whilst on programme;

Year One (Subsidiary)

  • Understand Principles of Plant Science
  • Understand Principles of Soil Science
  • Undertake Estate Skills
  • Undertake Agricultural Crop Production
  • Undertaking Root Crop & Field Veg Production
  • Understand and Carry Out Farm Livestock Husbandry
  • Undertaking Land-Based Workshop Practice
  • Undertaking Land-based Machinery Operations
  • Participate in Business Planning and Improvement in the Land-based Sector
  • Undertake and Review Work related Experience in the Land-based Industries (Part 1)

Year Two (Extended)

  • Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector
  • Undertake and Review Work related Experience in the Land-based Industries (Part 2)
  • Business Management in the Land-based Sector
  • Understanding Principles of Land-based Machinery
  • Undertake Agricultural Livestock Production
  • Understand and Use Agricultural Spreaders & Sprayers
  • Mechanised Agricultural Crop Handling and Storage
  • Undertaking Specialised Land-Based Workshop Practices
  • Understand Grassland Management
  • Animal Health

Entry requirements

Five GCSE's at a grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science, as well as a satisfactory school/employer reference. However, alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application. A keen interest in agriculture is crucial, with relevant practical experience preferred. You must also be able to demonstrate suitable levels of numeracy and literacy.


Modules are assessed using a wide variety of methods including practical observation, oral questioning, multiple choice questions, written assessments, open book exams and formal written assessments.

Future opportunities

Educational progression

Students who wish to progress onto a higher course at Writtle College such as a Foundation or Honours degree will need to achieve high grades throughout the course and a satisfactory reference from the course manager.

Employment opportunities

You may be suitable for employment as a trainee assistant farm manager, agricultural contracting or as a general farm worker.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years