Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture - Writtle University College
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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture

This course introduces students to working with livestock, machinery and crops; the programme provides a more advanced background to the agricultural industry and demonstrates the variety of different career paths that exist. This course is designed to provide you with a broad base of agricultural knowledge, science, husbandry and practical skills required by the industry today.

Course Modules

The following titles are the modules you will complete whilst on programme;

Year One (Subsidiary)
  • Understand Principles of Plant Science
  • Understand Principles of Soil Science
  • Undertake Estate Skills
  • Undertake Agricultural Crop Production
  • Undertaking Root Crop & Field Veg Production
  • Understand and Carry Out Farm Livestock Husbandry
  • Undertaking Land-Based Workshop Practice
  • Undertaking Land-based Machinery Operations
  • Participate in Business Planning and Improvement in the Land-based Sector
  • Undertake and Review Work related Experience in the Land-based Industries (Part 1)
Year Two (Extended)
  • Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector
  • Undertake and Review Work related Experience in the Land-based Industries (Part 2)
  • Business Management in the Land-based Sector
  • Understanding Principles of Land-based Machinery
  • Undertake Agricultural Livestock Production
  • Understand and Use Agricultural Spreaders & Sprayers
  • Mechanised Agricultural Crop Handling and Storage
  • Undertaking Specialised Land-Based Workshop Practices
  • Understand Grassland Management
  • Animal Health

Entry Requirements

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.
  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A* to C or Grade 9-4
  • Must include English and Maths
  • 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

(if continuing onto Extended Diploma)
In addition to the above units you will also undertake an industry experience module. This will entail working during the summer break between years 1 and 2 within an agricultural organisation. Assessment for this will be in the form of a written assignment showing your achievements in the work placement plus a satisfactory employer's report.

Educational progression

Students who wish to progress onto a higher course at Writtle University College such as a Foundation or Honours degree will need to achieve high grades throughout the course and a satisfactory reference from the course manager.

Employment opportunities

You may be suitable for employment as a trainee assistant farm manager, agricultural contracting or as a general farm worker.

Parental/guardian commitment & progress review evenings

The 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.

Study Tour/Visits/Speakers

The programme offers many varied day trips to farms and industry related businesses plus a study tour each year. Speakers from the industry are also invited in throughout the year/s.

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

PPE/PPC— Steel Toe Capped boots, overalls, appropriate work-wear.

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.