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Agriculture Apprenticeship Level 2 and 3 at Bridgwater College

Course description

These programmes are offered to students who are employed full-time in the industry, and who wish to study on a day release basis. The course places an emphasis on practical skills backed up with an understanding of the principles involved.

Course content

Whilst at work you will receive comprehensive practical training, that will enable you to carry out the jobs required by your employer, and achieve the Diploma in Work Based Agriculture (DWBA). You will be visited at the workplace by a Work Based Assessor, to check on your progress, and to ensure that you are building evidence towards your final qualification. You will attend College one day per week, to receive the underpinning knowledge for the practical tasks you learn at work. Depending on your selected DWBA option you will cover:

  • Option 1, DWBA Livestock Production: General agriculture plus Feeding, managing livestock, stock tasks and milk production.
  • Option 2, DWBA Mixed Farming: General agriculture plus establishing and managing crop production, establishing and maintaining performance of livestock, using tractors and equipment.
  • Option 3, DWBA Crop Production: General agriculture plus establishing crops, managing their growth and harvesting, using tractors and equipment
  • Health and Safety

The College can assist you to find a suitable employer if needed.

Entry requirements

  • GCSEs in the A* – E range, GCSE A* - C in English and Maths are an advantage
  • Complete initial assessment at College, which will help us guide you to the most appropriate programme


  • In the workplace by an DWBA Work Based Assessor and your employer
  • Portfolio
  • Assessments
  • Tests and assignments
  • NPTC Practical Proficiency Tests

Future opportunities

For those who need additional support with their practical skills, literacy and numeracy they can undertake a traineeship to develop their skills to a suitable level to progress onto an apprenticeship at level 2. 

After a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship students can progress to Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship or Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture (EDA).

After a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship or Extended Diploma students can progress to a Certificate of Higher Education in Agricultural Management or Foundation Degree.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 February 2016

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