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Agriculture Level 3

Programme Description

The Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture (540) qualification gives you the opportunity to study a range of specialist technical practical skills and knowledge that build upon the core skills of safe working practices in farming, livestock husbandry, crop production and operating agricultural machinery as well as business skills.  You can then learn further specialist skills such as farm livestock health and nutrition, agricultural workshop practices, and forage crop production.

It is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels

It has a eight week period of work placement usually on farms or other agricultural institutions.

Programme Features

  • Excellent balance of theory and practical
  • Dedicated knowledgeable caring staff team
  • Innovative teaching methods
  • Fantastic farms as open air teachine spaces
  • A range of industry, farm and show visits
  • A range of guest speakers

Progression & Employment

You could after finishing:

  • Carry on to study for a Technical Extended Diploma (1080)
  • Take a year out in industry and return to the Extended Diploma
  • Become an Apprentice

You might progress into work as a:-

  • Assistant herdsperson/stockperson
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Apprentice in a farm business
  • Calf or stock rearer
  • Assistant machinery operator

Programme Content

You will be following the mandatory additional units: -

301  Principles of Health & Safety  - 30 credits

302  Undertake and review work related experience in the land-based industries -  30

303  Land-based industry machinery operations - 60

304  Agricultural crop production - 60

305  Plant and soil science - 60   

306  Undertake estate skills - 60

307  Livestock husbandry - 60

308  Business management in the land-based sector - 60

Additional Units:

311  Forage crop production - 60

313  Farm animal health and nutrition - 60

Programme Assessment

The Level 3 Technical Diploma in Agriculture (540) course is divided into units, each of which must be passed to complete the course.  Each unit is graded as a Distinction, Merit, Pass or Referral.

To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments:

  • Two externally set, externally moderated assignment
  • One externally set, externally market exams, sat under examination conditions
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Optional unit assessment as required

Programme Entry Requirements

  • Five G.C.S.E's in total A*-E
  • A G.C.S.E in English Language/Welsh Language at A*-C (or a Level 2 Communication qualification)
  • A G.C.S.E in Mathematics at A*-C (or a Level 2 AON qualification)
  • Entry is normally subject to interview which will show an aptitude to Agriculture
  • Some experience of practical farming is essential


Additional Costs

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.