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Agriculture (Level 2)

  • L2

This study programme will cover the foundation knowledge and skills needed for you to progress on to a Level 3 qualification, including estate maintenance, machinery use, livestock husbandry, crop production, business management and work experience.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 year 
  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 ideally including English & maths OR 
  • Agriculture or Countryside at Level 1 
Duration: 2 years 
  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 ideally including English & maths  and a keen interest in land-based studies
  • Other relevant levels of qualification or experience  will be considered

Course content

Areas of study on this programme are varied and will allow you to develop the practical skills and knowledge required to begin work in the agricultural sector or progress to further study. Throughout the study programme you will continue to develop your skills in English and Maths. 

  • Year 1 subject units will include:
    • Being organised
    • Developing a personal progression plan
    • Working with others
    • Researching a topic
    • Finding out about the land-based sector
    • Caring for and feeding animals 
    • Moving and accommodating animals 
    • Growing plants 
    • Caring for and keeping plants healthy
    • Using workshop tools in a land based setting

  • Year 2 subject units will include:
    • Introduction to working in land based industries
    • Introduction to plant and soil sciences
    • Agricultural work placement
    • Livestock husbandry 
    • Crop Production
    • Farming and agricultural estate maintenance 
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
    • Work experience:
      You will undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries
    • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses; a variety of methods of assessment will be used, including presentation, case studies, assignments and practical assessments.


• Land-based Studies BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma

• Agriculture BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma

• English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

You can progress on to Agriculture Level 3, or employment in the farming industry as a farm hand or related role. Some of our students have gained employment in the local farming community and a large percentage progress on to the Level 3 qualification.

To take part in this course you will be required to pay up to £60 for materials. There will also be non-compulsory trips of approximately £500. 

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year or 2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Shuttleworth College SOB309

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