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Agriculture (Level 3)

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1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

Agriculture is modernising rapidly. Now more than ever, well trained and qualified people are needed to fill vacancies in this dynamic and increasingly technical industry. At Lackham, you’ll gain experience of working on real commercial farms as a routine part of your course, supported by practical and theoretical learning. Whether your passion is livestock or crops, dairy or beef production, the resources available to you at Lackham are endless. College farm enterprises include sheep, dairy, pigs, beef and arable cropping, and as an agriculture student you will be involved in them all. And our courses are accessible to everyone with an interest in land-based industries, regardless of background. We’ll help you acquire the crucial skills for a fulfilling career or further study, and our industry links with companies such as Cogent, ForFarmers and Agri-Lloyd to name a few make an agriculture course with us a strong step into your future.

What will I learn?

With our farm facilities and 1600-acre estate as your classroom, agriculture at Lackham will give you the experience to suit your goals. Alongside detailed knowledge and understanding of the wider industry, this A-Level equivalent course will provide you with hands-on experience needed to follow multiple career paths and opportunities. You’ll learn using all the latest equipment and machinery, starting with a fleet of new tractors. You’ll gain knowledge and the relevant practical skills in growing crops, working with livestock, driving tractors and using other agricultural machinery. Key modules include animal health and nutrition and plant soil and science, but you’ll also cover aspects of business management and industry diversification, equipping you to fulfill your potential whatever your ambitions.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade A*-C including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)



Study, Assessment and Qualifications

City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture (1080).

An Industry Placement is a fundamental part of this course. An Industry Placement gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience for your future. You will be supported throughout your placement by our dedicated Work Placement Team.

Assessment is by written and practical assignments and industry-based assessments.

Additional Costs and Information

You will be required to supply your own protective clothing, such as overalls and safety boots.

Some visits are an integral part of this course, and you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of these events. A study tour may be available but will also incur additional costs.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses


Career Opportunities

  • Farm Production Manager
  • Technical Agriculture Adviser
  • Agricultural Engineer

  • Farm Manager
  • Agricultural Lecturer
  • Livestock Manager

  • Herdsman

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