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Level 3 Agriculture


This is a well-established course that is designed to prepare you for a career in one of the UK’s most vital industries – agricultural food production. Learners acquire a broad knowledge of all the issues relating to agriculture and the skills and techniques within the industry. Students are advised to gain some preliminary work experience prior to the start of the course.


 During the course students will attend a range of lectures, followed by practical sessions, where you can put theory into practice.

Across both our colleges we farm nearly 1000 hectares of land over five farms based in two diverse locations; within the Vale of York and in Cumbria. At our York Campus students will have access to Westfield Farm, based at our Askham Bryan Campus, newly acquired Home Farm based in nearby Askham Richard and Headley Hall Farm in Tadcaster. Newton Rigg students will have access to Low Beckside Hill Farm as well as a new Dairy Unit for practical sessions.

Students at both our Colleges will get the opportunity to make reciprocal visits to partner College Farms in York and Penrith, to study both upland and lowland agriculture, different farming systems in both high and low rainfall areas and alternative land production systems.

Course themes:

• Livestock husbandry units (beef, dairy, sheep and pigs)
• Crop production (arable, grassland, root and field vegetables)
• Soil and plant science
• Business
• Mechanisation
• Animal anatomy and physiology
• Breeding and nutrition
• Estate skills
• Work experience placement
• Study tours and range of industry show visits
• English and maths provision where applicable
• Opportunity to specialise in livestock management or crop mechanisation in the final year of study (dependent on student numbers)

On this course students will study a range of topic areas, where there may be the opportunity to specialise in a livestock management; Beef and Sheep or Dairy (Newton Rigg and York) or crop mechanisation (York only) in the final year of study. Please check the specialisms covered at York and Newton Rigg upon application.

Work experience is considered a vital element of the programme and you will be required to undertake one day per week, or equivalent, over the two years of the course.

In addition to the main programme, various short courses are offered. Courses may include tractor driving, forklift truck driving, ATV training, safe use of veterinary medicines, first aid and other certificates of competence but charges may apply. For those learners who do not achieve a C at GCSE level, or wish to improve in Maths and or English, there will be an expectation of students to undertake further study and to raise their grades.

During the course we attend, where possible, a range of shows and events, industry visits and farm visits. It is envisaged that learners will spend some time at our partner college's farms in Newton Rigg to study upland and lowland management topics, farming in both high and low rainfall areas and the contrasts between farming in Cumbria and the Vale of York. Visits to our York College from Newton Rigg will allow study of lowland management topics, highlighting the contrast between farming in Cumbria and the Vale of York.

Entry Requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (new GCSE grading levels 4 to 9) to include any 2 from English, Maths and Science with at least a grade D in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English and Maths at Level 2

Further Study

Progression routes from the programme can include Foundation Degree study leading to Degree programmes in Agriculture.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277