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Agriculture - C&G Level 2 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical topics that are taught on the Houghall estate. The Houghall estate comprises a mix of grassland, woodland and arable land and houses a variety of sheep, pigs, cows and chickens which you will work with during your time on the college course.

Your study programme timetable will consist of the following vital elements: maths and English, agriculture units (listed below), tutorial and work experience. Depending on your previous qualifications in maths and English, you will study either functional skills or GCSE.

Work experience is a vital element of the course and you will spend 4 weeks with an employer enabling you to experience working within the agricultural industry.

Course content


Units & topics covered in the course include;

(201) Work Experience
(202) Land-Based Business
(204) Farm animal production
(206) Land based machinery
(208) Tractor driving
(210) Grass and forage crop production
(216) Estate Maintenance and safe working on farms

Please note individual units are subject to change.


Entry requirements

Direct Entry: 3 x GCSEs D or above including Maths, English and Science
Progressive entry: Level 1 in a land-based subject and a minimum of Entry 3 maths and English. Attendance at 85%+ for previous year and satisfactory standards of behaviour.


You will be assessed throughout the course with written assignments and practical assessments.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector as a farmer, general farm worker, shepherd/shepherdess, farm machinery technician, a retail assistant in an agricultural merchant or a herdsperson. Further on in your career development you may consider being an agricultural engineer or an agricultural machinery driver.

Further information

Progression options following successful completion of this course may enable you to progress into an apprenticeship in agriculture or a level 3 course in a related subject such as animal care.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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    • The College's Houghall Campus is located on the outskirts of Durham City centre. The Campus has an excellent reputation for a range of land based studies and is highly regarded amongst those within land based industries. The campus has excellent facilities including an arboretum, pinetum, working farm, stables and a specialist small animal care unit, all set amongst stunning grounds and countryside. These coupled with outstanding lecturers who share a passion for the outdoors, students with an interest in land based studies can be assured they have come to the right place.