Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture - Writtle University College

Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture

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About the Course

This course introduces students to working with livestock, machinery and crops; the programme provides a useful background to the agricultural industry and demonstrates the variety of different career paths that exist. This course is designed specially for the more practical minded as there is an emphasis on 'learning by doing'. You will gain an understanding of the basis of agricultural practices and be qualified in general farm duties.

Course Modules

The following titles are the modules you will complete whilst on programme;
  • Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries
  • Environmental and Land-based Business
  • Introduction to Crop Establishment
  • Introduction to Farm Animal Production
  • Introduction to Land-based Machinery Operation
  • Introduction to Land-based Workshop Practice

Entry Requirements

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.
  • 4 GCSEs at Grade A*-D or Grade 9-3
  • Must include English or Maths at no less than Grade 3 or Grade D
  • A work placement of 5 days in a related industry is desirable
  • Satisfactory references from School
Please note:
Alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application.

Work Placements

The programme requires a module which includes work experience. This should be in the agricultural or supporting industries. Assignments based on this work will need to be completed, aspects of which will involve employers observations. This should be completed throughout the programme.

Educational progression

Progress to a higher level qualification, such as the full-time Subsidiary Diploma in Agriculture or an Apprenticeship programme. Students who wish to progress onto a higher course at Writtle University College will need to achieve a minimum of a merit average on the Level 2 Diploma course and satisfactory reference from the course manager.

Employment opportunities

You may be suitable for employment as a farm assistant, a tractor driver and other similar positions.

Commitment by employers

In addition to the above units you will also undertake an industry experience module. This will entail spending time weekly at a work placement with an agricultural organisation. Assessment for this will be by a portfolio of evidence showing your achievements in the work placement enhanced by some taught College sessions, together with a satisfactory employer's report.

Parental/guardian commitment & progress review evenings

Parents of under 18's will be kept informed of student progress throughout the year by the course manager. Formal progress review evenings will be arranged at regular intervals. Course managers are available by e-mail or by phone.

How course progress is tracked

The college uses an electronic assessment tracking system where students and their parents can access current progress online from home.

How the course is graded

Each module studied comprises of a series of learning outcomes. These are sub divided into PASS, MERIT and DISTINCTION criteria. Non submission of work can result in failure of modules. Late submission of work can result in the module being capped at a PASS.


The programme offers many varied day trips to farms and industry related businesses. Speakers from the industry are also invited in throughout the year.

Written/practical content and assessment methods

Modules are assessed using a wide variety of methods including practical observation, oral questioning, multiple choice questions, written assessments, open book exams and formal written assessments.

Functional skills

This additional set of qualifications are mandatory as part of the learning package signed up to at the beginning of the programme. The functional skills syllabus is developed to ensure high levels of communication and numeracy skills.

Additional learning goals

Level 2 Tractor Driving Certification leading on to an NPTC Certificate of Competence in Tractor Driving and Related Operations, for more advanced and skilled learners.

Course length and days of attendance

One year, 3 days a week attendance in college. at least two additional days a week should be used to carry out the work placement element of the programme.

Additional costs (to tuition and miscellaneous fee) specific to course

PPE/PPC— Steel Toe Capped boots, overalls, appropriate work-wear. Study tour and visits fee: TBC

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Study Mode - Full-time
Course Length - One year




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