Hartpury College

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Agriculture

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Course Overview

This course provides you with sound academic knowledge and understanding of agriculture through both theory and practical sessions.

The wide range of teaching facilities on campus includes a £3.1 million agricultural learning centre and a working commercial farm, and you’ll and get hands on experience working on the estate including the units of dairy, beef and sheep.

Some of the subjects you will study include estate skills, managing agricultural environments, understanding principles of land-based machinery, agricultural livestock production, agricultural crop production and plant and soil science.

This course is a mix of theory and practical study. The practical resources of Home Farm will be utilised during the teaching and where possible real commercial activities will be undertaken.If you successfully complete this course with a merit or distinction, along with a recommendation from your tutor, you can progress on to the Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture.

Career opportunities include farm workers who might be tractor drivers, herdsmen / herdswomen, pig stock workers, shepherds and assistant farm managers.  There are also wider opportunities of working in the countryside management sector as fencing contractors, wardens or similar positions or work in the allied or associated agricultural industries, including sales, technical advice and driving roles.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Two GCSEs at grade C or above, which should include English Language and Mathematics or Science.

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25 Feb 2017 2017 Diploma Open Morning Saturday 25th February

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

Students under 19 on 31 August 2016 are free (full time courses only). Examination fees for main qualifications are also free.

Students aged 19 to 23 may need to pay tuition fees.  We may be able to waive your fees if you are unemployed and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, studying your first full level 2 qualification or level 3 qualification.

Students aged 24 and over.  You may need to pay for your course.

Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all students and covers the cost of outside visits, special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results.

How to apply

Please download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save. We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

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