Hartpury College

Agricultural Apprenticeship

Farm mechanics

Course Overview

Apprenticeships provide an ideal opportunity to ‘learn while you earn’. 

Students attend college on a day-release basis, one day per week during term time, for tuition leading to either an Intermediate (Level 2 QCF L2 Diploma in Work Based Agriculture) or Advanced qualification (Level 3 QCF L2 Diploma in Work Based Agriculture). 

The majority of the learning will be undertaken in the workplace – the exact nature of this will depend upon the type of farm at which the student is employed.  Assessment will be undertaken both at College and in the workplace, where you will be visited periodically by one of our tutors.

Students at Hartpury can elect to follow pathways which include either of livestock, arable farming or mixed farming.

On this apprenticeship, you might learn skills like how to prepare and cultivate sites for planting crops; operate a tractor with attachments; harvest and store crops; and maintain equipment and machines. If your employer deals with livestock, you might learn how to look after large numbers of livestock, load and unload animals for transport, and maintain the health and welfare of animals.

An apprenticeship can be a valuable first step into a farming career.  These apprenticeships will typically take around 18 months to complete.

Entry Requirements


Students must be at least 16 and in suitable employment.

There are no fixed academic entry requirements for these Programmes, although students who achieved grades A-C in English and Maths will be exempt from the need to study Functional Skills education is mandatory for any students who have not achieved this.

In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

There are no costs for UK students aged 16-18.  There may be fees for students aged 19+.  Further advice will be available on application.

When should I apply

When to apply

You are welcome to apply at any time.  Programmes can commence at various start points through the year.  Please call for more information.

How to apply

Please email enquire@hartpury.ac.uk or phone 01452 702345 for more information about the apprenticeship application process

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