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Agriculture Level 3 90 Credit Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

The course is for someone who works or wants to work within the Agricultural Industry. This level is ideal if you have some experience in agriculture or have gained your Level 2 qualification. You want to develop the skills to be a more senior farm worker or manager, or to prepare for higher-level training.

Course content

The qualification includes a large number of units covering a range of topics. The units that everyone is required to take are: ? Anatomy & Physiology ? Plant and Soil Science There are optional units which allow you to pick areas of interest. Examples include: ? Agricultural Crop Production ? Agricultural Livestock Production ? Land-based Machinery ? Estate Skills ? Organic Production ? Farm Habitat Management ? Specialist Workshop Practices ? Dairy/Beef/Pig/Poultry Production ? Grassland Management ? Nutrition and Breeding ? Genetics For all units you will study both practical and theory based methods. You will also work on the college farms gaining work experience from a commercial 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 a related subject.


Your progress will be assessed by a range of 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 (Hons) Agriculture This qualification carries 60 to 210 UCAS points (depending on the grade achieved).

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