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Level 2 Technical Certificate in Agriculture

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Take the first steps towards a career in agriculture and farming, with our practical, hands-on Level 2 Technical Certificate. Study on our 150-hectare campus at Writtle College.

This Level 2 course is ideal if you’re looking to work in agriculture and want to learn more about crop production, livestock, machinery operation, and farm maintenance. You do not need to have any previous experience of farming.

At Writtle College you’ll be based on a rural campus with approximately 130 hectares of arable land, livestock, and a working farm.

We need to produce more food to feed a growing global population – and the agricultural industry needs people who can meet that challenge. By studying with us, you could play an important role in the future of farming.

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Hands-on learning

As an agricultural student at Writtle College you'll:

  • get hands-on experience on our campus farm
  • work extensively with livestock throughout your studies
  • learn about state-of-the-art technology and machinery
  • develop skills such as tractor driving and forklift operations.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

Awarding body

City & Guilds

City & Guilds is the global leader in skills development and apprenticeship schemes with 2 million learners working on diverse qualifications every year.

Careers and educational progression

Level 2 qualifications can provide a route into the agricultural profession, or be a foundation for further learning or training.

After completing this course, you could further your education by studying a Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture. Or you might move into employment in roles including:

  • Tractor operator
  • Agricultural machinery operator
  • Trainee stockperson
  • General farm worker.

Apply now for Level 2 Technical Certificate in Agriculture

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