Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture

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Get a comprehensive introduction to the world of agriculture, livestock farming, and issues including animal welfare and sustainability. Study on our 150-hectare rural campus at Writtle College.

This Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma is ideal if you’re looking to work in agriculture and want to learn more about all aspects of the industry. You do not need to have previous experience of farming.

By studying agriculture at Writtle College, you could play an important role in the future of British and international farming.

The world is facing a food crisis. We need to produce at least 50% more food to feed a rapidly growing population. The agricultural industry needs people who can meet that challenge with fresh thinking and new approaches.

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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.
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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

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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 3 qualifications can provide a route into the agricultural profession, support career development if you’re already working in agriculture, or be a foundation for further learning or training.

After completing this course, you could further your education by studying our Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture. This includes a 300-hour work placement in the industry. Or you might move into employment in roles including:

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

Apply now for Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture

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