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Agriculture, Technical Qualification, Level 3 at Hadlow College

Course description

Combining the study of livestock, crops and machinery with practical training sessions and work on the College farm, students gain valuable experience which significantly improves employability. Within the qualification there is a significant amount of practical work experience. It is recommended that students complete a work experience block in the summer plus one day a week during term time in their second and final year.

Students are able to access a range of additional learning support, based on need and well supported through the use virtual learning resources. A range of employability skills will be developed whilst on the course including practical skills, communication, and land-based specific knowledge, and development of ICT skills. Students will also get the opportunity to carry out work experience on external placements.

Course content

Year 1

  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Principles of plant science
  • Principles of soil science
  • Work-related experience
  • Business management
  • Agricultural crop production
  • Estate skills
  • Land-based machinery operations
  • Animal health
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Year 2

  • Pig production
  • Sheep production
  • Investigative project
  • Workshop practice
  • Grassland management
  • Livestock breeding and nutrition
  • Manage agricultural environments
  • Dairy production
  • Beef production
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C / 9-4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*-C / 9-4 Grade. For those students who achieve four GCSEs A*-C/9-4, there is the option of a 90 credit Diploma. Achievement of this at Merit or Distinction will allow progression onto the second year.


Students will be assessed throughout the course using assignments, projects, practical tests, exams and external assessments.

Students are encouraged to relate theory to practice in all assessments

Further information

Successful students can progress into higher education with the HND or BSc (Hons) programmes. Alternatively they can pursue a career in the agricultural industry at a technical or supervisory position.

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: 08 November 2017
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