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Agriculture - Level 3 - Subsidary Diploma - Plumpton at Plumpton College

Course description

Designed for people with some experience of the industry. The course covers many aspects of modern agriculture and allows you to develop your skills in a supportive and practical environment on the College’s large and varied estate that includes modern examples of extensive and intensive farming practices.

Throughout the course, there is an opportunity to gain additional qualifications which are essential for work on modern arable and mixed farms. These include certificates in Rough Terrain Fork Lift Truck Use, PA1 & PA2 Sprayer Certificates and many more to add to your qualification base.

Course content

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma: you complete 6 subjects to study 

Year 1

Indicative Programme Content (*compulsory units for some Diploma levels only)

During the first year of the programme the aim is to lay down the fundamental principles of agriculture. This will be delivered through practical skills development on the College farm as well as through taught practical and theory based sessions. As the year unfolds you will build confidence and competence in a range of agricultural skills, practices, activities, and duties. Modules include:

  • Plant science *
  • Soil science *
  • Sheep production
  • Livestock husbandry
  • Dairy production
  • Crop production
  • Pig production
  • Grassland management
  • Machinery operations
  • Estate skills

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC National in Agriculture at the level studied (outlined above)
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • Additional Work Related Qualifications
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and Maths

Entry requirements

Students will normally be at least 16 years old on entry and have at least one of the following:

  • Studied GCSE level qualifications (achieving 4 passes at A –C for the full diploma) including English and maths
  • A level 2 qualification
  • Appropriate interest and relevant experience

Mature applicants who do not possess any of the above qualifications will be considered individually

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course may allow progression onto a foundation degree or degree programme such as those offered at Plumpton or into employment in the industry in any number of exciting roles including:

  • Assisting a herdsman on a dairy herd or Pig Unit 
  • Tractor driver or contractor operator 
  • Shepherd
  • Trainee Agronomist or Nutritionist
  • Assistant Farm Manager
  • Self Employed contractor
  • Shepherd
  • Tractor driver and machinery operator
  • Dairy herdsperson
  • Pig unit assistant manager
  • Trainee agronomist
  • General farm worker
  • Progression to an HE course

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 January 2018
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    • The main Plumpton College site is located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park. Six miles from Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex.

      The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

      The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventure) and Wine and Viticulture.