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Agriculture - Level 3 at Askham Bryan College

Course description

This is a well established course which is designed to prepare you for a career in one of the UK's most vital industries, agricultural food production. Learners acquire a broad knowledge of all the issues relating to agriculture and the skills and techniques required within the industry.

You will study a range of topic areas, where, dependent on learner numbers, there may be the opportunity to specialise in livestock management or crop mechanisation in the final year of study. During the course you will attend a range of lectures which are followed by practical sessions, where you can put theory into practice.


Course content

Course Themes:

• Livestock husbandry units (beef, dairy, sheep and pigs)

• Crop production (arable, grassland, root and field vegetables)

• Soil and plant science

• Business

• Mechanisation

• Animal anatomy and physiology

• Breeding and nutrition

• Estate skills

• Study tours and range of industry show visits

• English and maths provision where applicable

• Opportunity to specialise in livestock management or crop mechanisation in the final year of study (dependent on student numbers)  

Work experience is considered a vital element of the programme and you will be required to undertake one day per week, or equivalent, over the two years of the course.

In addition to the main programme, various short courses are offered. Courses may include tractor driving, forklift truck driving, ATV training, safe use of veterinary medicines, first aid and other certificates of competence but charges will apply.

For those learners who do not achieve a Grade 4 at GCSE in Maths and/or English they will need to undertake further study to help raise their grades.

During the course we attend, where possible, a range of shows and events e.g. LAMMA and the Cereals event, industry visits and farm visits. It is envisaged that learners will spend some time at our partner college's farms in Newton Rigg to study upland and lowland management topics, farming in both high and low rainfall areas and the contrasts between farming in Cumbria and the Vale of York.


Entry requirements

Level 3 Study Programmes:

4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above to include 2 from English, Maths and Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2




A mix of practical and theory elements through assignment work and portfolio building with some elements of formal assessment/tests as required.

Financial information

Please contact Student Enquiries on 01904 772211 or email

Future opportunities

Further study:

Higher Education Qualifications such as Foundation Degrees in Agriculture or Countryside Management and, if you’re successful, then on to a ‘top up’ BSc Hons degree.


In many sectors such as agriculture, countryside management and all allied industries. Students typically go on to work as farmers, farm managers, herdsman, stockman, contractors, tractor drivers, agronomist and general farm workers.

Further information
Telephone: 01904 772211

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: 29 November 2017
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