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Agriculture Level 3 (Conv) Extended Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture is a qualification aimed at providing you with a range of practical skills and knowledge. This will help you to seek employment or progress into further training within the Agricultural Industry.

Course content

The learner will need to complete 18 or 19 units (depending on which ones are selected) to successfully gain this qualification. The qualification covers a range of topics. The units that everyone is required to take are: - Business Management - Anatomy & Physiology - Plant and Soil Science - Investigative Project - Work Experience There are optional units which allow you to pick areas of interest, including: - Livestock Production - Agricultural Crop Production - Grassland Management - Livestock Breeding and Nutrition - Farm Habitat Management - Agricultural Crop Handling and Storage - Principles of Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation The period of work experience will allow you to gain first hand experience of working on a farm

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 and/or previous practical experience within an agricultural environment


Your progress will be assessed by a range of stimulating methods including written assignments, practical assessments/ observations, presentations, group work and identification tests.

Future opportunities

The qualification allows you to progress into employment. You might progress into the following roles: - Farmer - Assistant Farm Manager (Livestock) - Assistant Farm Manager (Crops) - Stockperson - Herdsman - Farm Secretary - Livestock Technician You can go on to study subjects such as: Agriculture Foundation Degree BSc

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 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