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Agriculture (Level 3)

The Extended Diploma is a two year full-time study programme in agriculture. You will study 15 units, three of which are externally assessed. This study programme includes a broad range of units to enable you to develop the knowledge and technical skills required to work this area. This study programme focuses on the agricultural land management, livestock production and crop production. Areas of study include plant and soil science, farm livestock husbandry, crop production, machinery operations and estate skills. The programme enables you to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a range of agricultural work including arable and livestock production, machinery operations, business management and agricultural science.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 2 Years

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 ideally including English and maths 
  • Agriculture or Countryside at Level 2

Course content

The Programme focuses on agriculture with a strong focus on crop and livestock management throughout the programme, and in addition you will develop practical skills involved in animal handling and crop protection.

Subject units:

Mandatory units include:

  • Professional Working Responsibilities
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Contemporary Issues in the Land-based Sectors
  • Work Experience in the Land-based Sectors
  • Land-based Machinery Operations
  • Managing Environmental Activities in Agriculture
  • Estate Skills
  • Managing Activities for Agricultural Enterprises
  • Agricultural Business Improvements

You will also study a number of specialist units, which may include:

  • Crop Production
  • Farm Livestock Husbandry
  • Root Crop and Field Vegetable Production
  • Beef Production
  • Sheep Production
  • Grass and Forage Crop Production
  • 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 be required to find a work placement in both year 1 and 2 of the course to achieve the industry experience unit. 
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • A number of trips will be organised in the UK and abroad, and you will also have the opportunity to enter competitions and participate in agriculture shows. 
    • The College works closely with the local community and employers to give you the experience of the working environment.
    • You could also study to achieve the following additional qualifications:
      • Tractor driving
      • Fork lift truck
      • Pesticide application
      • Stockmanship

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses using a variety of methods, including presentations, case studies, assignments and practical assessments. There are also externally set and marked assessments on this course. There are also externally set assessments for professional working responsibilities, plant and soil science and contemporary issues in the land-based sector. These are written examinations lasting 1 hour 30 minutes each. 


  • Agriculture BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • English and maths qualifications if required
Additional qualifications (at an additional cost) include:
  • Safe Use of Pesticides NPTC Level 2 Award 
  • NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines 
  • NPTC Level 2 Award in Landbased Forklift  Truck Operations.

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

On completion of this study programme you could progress on to the Agriculture Foundation Degree (FdSc) here at the College, a university-level course elsewhere, or find employment in the agriculture sector.

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. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

As part of the study programme you will be able to take additional professional qualifications for example qualifications in the use of tractors, fork lift and pesticide application. Please be aware that there may be an additional awarding body cost for these qualifications. In order to partake in the study programme you will be required to wear clothing suitable for working outdoors, including steel-toe capped boots and protective overalls for all practical sessions.

You will be required to pay up to £60 for materials. There will also be non-compulsory trips of approximately £500.

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

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

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LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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