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Agriculture- Level 2 BTEC Diploma - Netherfield at Plumpton College

Course description

This one-year programme designed for school leavers will introduce students to the basics of machinery, crop and animal husbandry and will develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to work on a modern farm.

Many students go on from this course to the BTEC National in Agriculture. There is also the opportunity to gain a range of additional qualifications. You will also have the opportunity to stay in our Welsh Centre and experience a working hill farm.

These are a group of level 2 qualifications which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your farming knowledge and skills.

Level 2 Certificate: you complete 2 subjects to study
Level 2 Extended Certificate: you complete 4 subjects to study
Level 2 Diploma: you complete all 6 subjects to study

Course content


Indicative Programme Content
  • Tractor driving
  • Machinery operation
  • Introduction to animal & plant husbandry
  • Workshop skills
  • Estate skills
  • Industry experience*
  • Environment and land based business*
  • Farm animal production
  • English & maths

(*compulsory units for Diploma only)

Entry requirements


  • You’ll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs between Grade A-D (new grades 9-3) including 2 from English, Maths and Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 course, having studied English and Maths at GCSE Level
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

Following satisfactory completion of the full Diploma programme, students may progress on to the BTEC Level 3 Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma (1 year), Diploma (2 year) or Extended Diploma (3 years).

This course could also provide entry in to an apprenticeship in Agriculture or full-time farm work such as assistant herdsperson, estate worker, machinery operator or general farm worker with crops or livestock.

Further information


Come and discover our excellent agriculture facilities at Plumpton - set in the backdrop of the beautiful South Downs. You’ll find the latest state of the art equipment plus all the different types of farmland for you to experience here at Plumpton. 

  • Lots of space for you to work in

Our 780-hectare commercial farming estate gives you the opportunity to experience different livestock and arable farming.

  • The latest equipment for you to discover

We’ve got a modern 300 cow dairy unit complete with 36:36 Herringbone milking parlour where you’ll gain hands-on experience.

  • An extensive range of livestock for you to experience

You’ll get to work with our Sussex beef cattle, sow pig unit plus our extensively managed flock of 550 sheep.

  • The perfect environment for you to study

You’ll enjoy practical lessons where you’ll gain hands-on farming experience in our modern classrooms and farming sites.

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: 17 November 2017
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    • Plumpton College at Netherfield is situated in the east of the County of East Sussex and provides a range of courses and experience to students from the Hastings and Rother areas.

      Provision is based on a small farm called Ivyland Farm and ranges from Entry level courses through to Level 2 and apprentices.  Many students attending Ivyland Farm progress to the main site to further their studies.

      Entry 1 level provision enables 19+ students with learning disabilities the opportunity to grow vegetables and plants which are sold at open days and are also used in the onsite café. Students also look after goats, chickens, ducks and rare breeds of pigs.

      Entry 2 to Level 2 provision enables students to study either through day release from schools or full time in a range of subjects including agriculture, conservation, small animals and horticulture.