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Agriculture Level 3 BTEC Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Our  Level 3  Diploma in Agriculture is a specialist qualification for those who have a clear vision of their future career and wish to specialise in Crops and Agricultural Mechanisation or Livestock Management. If you already have experience of farming and aspire to reach your full potential, this innovative course could be the perfect stepping stone to the career you desire.

As a Warwickshire College student you will not only be trained as an expert in all practical areas of farming; you will also leave equipped with valuable underpinning knowledge in science and business which is highly sought after by employers. You can further improve your employability by undertaking  work experience allowing you to sharpen your new-found skills working alongside industry experts in real workplace environments. 
Whether you strive to use your unique skills working on the management team of your dream employer, or to establish your own enterprise as an entrepreneur, the Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture is the perfect platform to launch your career in the agriculture sector.

Highlights of the course include:

· High quality tuition and learning materials provided by our expert tutors, 
· The chance to learn on our 230 hectare commercial farm which includes a commercial sheep flock, commercial beef herd, forage and arable cropping
· The opportunity to get involved with lambing

Course content

120 credits (12 units) 

* Units subject to change

Example of units you may study are:  

  • Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Understand Grassland Management
  • Agricultural Environments
  • Understand the Principles of Plant Science 
  • Understand the Principles of Soil Science
  • Understanding Principles of Landbased Machinery
  • Understand and Promote Animal Health 
  • Landbased Machinery Operations
  • Business Planning

In addition to the main programme, students will be offered (at an additional charge) the opportunity to undertake competency certificates in the following:

NPTC Safe use of pesticides PA1 & PA6
NPTC Crop Sprayer PA2
NPTC Telescopic Handler

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade C or above including English language or Maths and Science or a BTEC Level 2 qualification with an overall merit grade in related subject area. 

Some practical experience is required together with enthusiasm and determination to succeed in rural studies.


There will be assignments and tests for all modules. In addition, practicals will be assessed by observation and oral questions. Work experience is an important component of this course and will be undertaken towards the end of the second year of the programme.

Future opportunities

On completion of this course you could  continue with your studies and progress to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Agriculture.   Alternatively you may find employment in supervisory positions on farm units as a sheep flock manager or dairy herd manager. You may also wish to seek employment within ancillary industries in sales and research.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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