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Agriculture - Level 3 Extended Diploma at Easton & Otley College

Course description

This course carries the same UCAS points weighting and is equivalent to studying 3 A Levels. We have developed a new approach to training the farmers of the future and we work with leading farmers in the East of England.

This unique course builds on the strengths of existing courses and practice and combines them to provide a programme to educate and train an employable workforce which is capable of taking on the new and exciting challenges of the agricultural industry.

Farmers have told us that they value a comprehensive mix of practical skills training, academic study and practical experience and the following structure has met with their approval. Students will undertake agreed block placement periods to gain practical experience and skills on a farm.

Course content

  • Livestock and Crop Production
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Business Management
  • Estate Skills
  • Landbased Machinery Operations and Principles
  • Root Crops and Field Vegetables
  • Spreaders and Sprayers
  • Manage Agricultural Environments
  • Work Experience and Investigative Project
  • Animal Health
  • Functional Skills

Throughout these two years, you will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications and certificates of competence. This complete package will turn you into a well-qualified and experienced employee with an excellent opportunity for employment in this exciting and thriving industry.


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grades A-C (English, Maths and Science at Grade C or above), Diploma Level 2 Diploma Merit or above.

Future opportunities

There is the potential to progress onto an Advanced Agricultural Apprenticeship, into employment, or into Higher Education for example, the Foundation Degree in Agricultural Management at our Easton Campus.

Further information

This Programme makes use of the extensive resources on Campus and also provides the opportunity to work alongside some of our partners such as Morley Farms, John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia and partners the college in non-food crop research through In Crops.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Easton & Otley College directly.

Last updated date: 08 April 2016

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      A self-contained campus located 9 miles outside Ipswich, Otley caters for a wide range of courses in a number of specialist buildings, many of which have been recently refitted and refurbished.  It’s a well-connected campus, with an extensive and ever-expanding network of direct bus routes linking Otley to all parts of Suffolk and Essex.