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Agriculture Level 3 (Conversion) Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This course is for anyone who would like to learn a broad range of agricultural subjects. It is a practical course covering livestock, machinery, estate, management and science.

Course content

You will study animal anatomy and physiology, undertaking estate skills, understanding agricultural forage crop production, undertaking land-based machinery operations, undertaking beef production, undertaking sheep production, undertaking an investigative project in the land based sector, understanding grassland management, undertaking and reviewing work related experience in the land based industries, business management in the land based sector, livestock breeding and nutrition and understanding and carrying out farm livestock husbandry.

Entry requirements

You will need to have four GCSEs at C grade or above, including English and maths, an appropriate level 2.


Your progress will be assessed by assignments, practicals and occasionally short tests for each unit. Each unit has four outcomes that are assessed and an overall grade is given for the unit which can be pass, merit or distinction.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma, or gain employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities