Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture

This City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture offers a comprehensive introduction the agriculture. This one-year, full-time qualification provides a range of specialist technical practical skills and knowledge which will equip you to seek further learning and training or employment within the agricultural sector.

The agricultural sector is a diverse industry with a wide range of progression and job opportunities. There is now a greater demand for reliable, responsible and motivated people who can combine technical knowledge with practical skills. You may or may not have any previous experience in farming and this qualification could be the gateway to a rewarding career within the sector.

The farm and facilities here at Writtle University College provide an excellent learning environment, which is complemented by our experienced and enthusiastic staff.

Course Content

This qualification consists of the following mandatory and selected optional specialist units.

Mandatory Units

The proportion of mandatory content ensures that all learners are following a coherent programme of study and acquiring the knowledge, understanding and skills that will be recognised and valued.

  • Principles of health and safety
  • Undertake and review work related experience in the Land-based Industries
  • Land-based industry machinery operations
  • Agricultural crop production
  • Plant and soil science
  • Undertake estate skills
  • Livestock husbandry
  • Business management in the Land-based sector

Optional Specialist Units

Students will also study two optional specialist units (as determined by WUC Course lead) from the following:

  • Land-based power units
  • Forage crop production
  • Farm animal health and nutrition
  • Root crop production
  • Farm habitat management
  • Undertake land based workshop processes
  • Dairy production
  • Beef production
  • Pig production
  • Poultry production
  • Sheep production
  • Repair land based compression-ignition, diesel engines
  • Repair Land-based Mechanical Power Transmission Systems

    Entry Requirements

    The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

    • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 or A*-C
    • Must include English and Maths
    • Satisfactory references from most recent school, college or employer

    Please note:
    Alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application.

    After Completion of Your Course...

    Level 3 qualifications can provide a route into the agricultural profession, they can support career development for those already working in the field of agriculture or they can provide a foundation for further learning or training.

    Educational progression
    Students could further their education in agriculture by topping up to an extended diploma by studying the secound year of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture course or Higher Education course.

    Employment opportunities
    You might progress into employment as:
    • Assistant herdsperson/stockperson
    • Agricultural technician
    • Apprentice in a farm business
    • Calf or stock rearer
    • Assistant machinery operator