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Agriculture Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Northumberland College

Course description

You've worked in agriculture for some time - you have plenty of experience. You want to show that you have the skills needed to do your job well, perhaps as part of your professional development or to prepare for higher-level training.

Course content

All learners will cover the mandatory core units of Health & Safety, Working with Others and Developing Personal Performance. You will also need to cover Biosecurity in the Workplace. You can then take optional units that are relevant to your chosen pathway; Crop Production, Mixed Farming, Livestock Production or Poultry Production.

Entry requirements

Yes, you will need to have four GCSEs including, Maths and or English and preferably two sciences and one other all at grade C or above, or a level 2 qualification in an related subject. The recommended entry requirements are the level 2 Certificate, Extended Certificate or Diploma in Agriculture


To gain a Work-Based Agriculture qualification, you need to show you've got a particular set of skills. You usually work with your training provider to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones - perhaps by trying new things at work, or by studying. These qualifications are assessed at work. For each unit your assessor watches and asks questions as you perform a task, or looks at a portfolio of work that you've built as formal evidence of your learning. Then they confirm you've got the skills to do the job well.

Future opportunities

This qualification could lead to jobs such as: ? Arable farm worker ? Assistant Stockman ? Assistant Herdsperson ? Contract worker ? Trainee Fieldsman ? Egg Collector ? Livestock Technician WHO SUPPORTS THIS QUALIFICATION? This qualification is supported by the National Farmers Union. The NFU provides professional representation for its 55,000 farmers and growers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities