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, maths and science at grade 3 or above.
Farming skills and gain a deeper understanding of how the farm really works as well as safe and effective working, animal production, crop husbandry, the use of machinery, as well as plant and animal physiology.
To develop a wide range of skills across the range of farm enterprises. You are also required to complete 150 hours of work experience as a core element of your study programme, providing invaluable exposure to the industry.
We are very proud of our Home Farms at Bicton College and Duchy College Stoke Climsland, which both incorporate dairy herds, the milk from which is sold to Saputo UK (formerly Dairy Crest) and is used to make Cathedral City cheddar. Bicton Home Farm totals 147 hectares used for grass and crop production, as well as a central area of parkland, on which we support a flock of 120 Mule ewes. We have many upgrades and improvements planned.
Duchy College Home Farm totals 240 hectares of farmed land, including grassland, forage maize, winter wheat and spring barley, a flock of 100 February lambing Highlander cross Texels, a flock of 100 pure Highlanders, as well as three breeding sows and their piglets. We are currently developing a new 200 cow dairy unit.
Subject to grades achieved you can continue your studies with our Agriculture Diploma Level 3 or our Agriculture Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 or go into employment.
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
Holly Yelland TRAINING CO-ORDINATOR ON THE BVD STAMP IT OUT PROJECT AT RURAL BUSINESS SCHOOL AND SHEPHERDESS TO HER OWN FLOCK OF EWES
On completion of the Agriculture Diploma Level 3, Holly then continued her studies with the FdSc Agriculture and the BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management. Holly is currently studying for a PGCE alongside her two job roles of of training co-ordinator and shepherdess. “I was getting mid-range results at school, but at Duchy College I received a distinction* in my diploma and a first class honours on my degree. I think the smaller class sizes helped to create good working relationships between students and teachers, which allowed for excellent learning and knowledge transfer to occur. Alongside my work as a training co-ordinator, and teaching on my PGCE, I also keep my own ewes. I thoroughly enjoy working with them and strive to improve their performance, genetics and breeding of ewes. I am extremely passionate about improving the longevity of breeding flocks.”
*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. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.