Agriculture is arguably the most important industry in the world and without the food, clothing and fibres it provides, we simply wouldn’t survive. Now an industry with highly-mechanised processes, employment in this sector goes beyond farm workers and managers to engineers, consultants and scientists.
We offer three options for you to gain a career in the agricultural industry depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 and Level 1 courses are ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 2 or Level 3.
This is a full-time course for anyone who wants a broad introduction to the agricultural industry. Throughout the course you will develop skills and knowledge in a range of farming disciplines and technologies.
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You are hoping to work in agriculture and would like to progress onto our Level 3 Agriculture Diploma.
GCSE English and maths at grade 3 or above, plus two other GCSEs at grade 2 or above.
Farming skills and gain a deeper understanding of how the farm really works as well as safe working, farm animal husbandry, crop husbandry, tractor operation, business skills, fencing, and other estate skills.
To gain a wide variety of experience on the College farm, whilst interacting with farm staff in a commercial environment.
Our facilities. Our Duchy campus is home to Future Farm, a £10 million scheme including a state-of-the-art dairy unit, the campus occupies a 367-hectare estate with dairy, beef, sheep, arable and forage crops, plus a range of dry and wet habitats typical
of the area. We also have an impressive portfolio of up-to-date farm machinery.
In Devon, our Bicton College campus is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes a commercial farm, where you will be encouraged to undertake work experience and will gain practical instruction in a wide range of different agricultural sectors.
University study such as our FdSc Agriculture, or employment in agriculture or related industries.
Careers in this industry
- General farm worker
- Farm management
- Agricultural research
- Dairy herd management
- Machinery operation
- Agricultural consultancy
- Agricultural sales
- Animal nutrition
- Overseas development
- Agricultural contracting
Rob Dunn Curriculum Lead - Food, Farming & Land-use
Rob has worked at a number of land-based colleges around the UK and is now the curriculum lead for Food, Farming and Land-use. Rob presents a weekly farming show for a Cornish radio station and is a judge for the British Farming Awards.
“The food and farming industry offers fantastic
opportunities for skilled workers, technicians, managers
and leaders of the future. There are also some real
challenges ahead, not least of which will be to feed a
rapidly growing world population and mitigate the
impact of climate change.”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.