Top navigation bar Bottom navigation bar

Leisure courses

Access courses

Agriculture Advanced (Level 3)

This study programme is ideal if you want to be involved with agricultural work (from smallholdings to modern farms) or if you are interested in allied industries, such as machinery sales, animal nutrition, seed, fertiliser and agrochemical supply. The study programme will ensure that you develop the vocational knowledge, understanding and skills that are required for employment in agriculture or allied industries.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 2 Years

  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths 
  • Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills

Course content

  • Subject units:
    During the first year of your study programme you will cover nine of the following units...
    • Investigative project in the land-based sector
    • Business Management in the land-based sector
    • Animal anatomy and physiology
    • Principles of plant and soil science
    • Principles of land-based machinery
    • Estate skills
    • Livestock production
    • Crop production
    • Livestock breeding and nutrition
    • The principles of livestock husbandry
    • Understanding and promoting animal health
    • Root crop and field vegetable production
    • Land-based workshop practice
    • Agricultural spreaders and sprayers
    • Grassland management
    • Land-based machinery operations
    • Farm habitat management
    • Combinable crop production
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience: 
    At the end of your first year you will be required to find a work placement in order to achieve the industrial experience unit.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • A number of trips will be organised in the UK and abroad, and you will also have the opportunity to enter competitions and participate in agriculture shows. 
    • The College works closely with the local community and employers to give you the experience of the working environment.
    • You will also study to achieve the following additional qualifications:
      • Tractor driving
      • Fork lift truck
      • Pesticide application
      • Stockmanship.

At the end of your first year you will have achieved the Level 3 BTEC 90-credit Diploma, or the BTEC 60-credit Subsidiary Diploma in Agriculture. At the end of your second year you will have achieved the Level 3 BTEC 180 credit Extended Diploma in Agriculture.  In the second year you will study a further nine units from the units displayed above in order to achieve the Extended Diploma in Agriculture.

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses using a variety of methods, including presentations, case studies, assignments and practical assessments.


Agriculture BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

You will also have the opportunity to take the Safe Use of Pesticides NPTC Level 2 Award and NPTC Forklift Assessment for a small additional cost.

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

On completion of this study programme you could progress on to the Agriculture Foundation Degree (FdSc) here at the College, a university-level course elsewhere, or find employment in the agriculture sector.

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

As part of the study programme you will be able to take additional professional qualifications for example qualifications in the use of tractors, fork lift and pesticide application. Please be aware that there may be an additional awarding body cost for these qualifications. In order to partake in the study programme you will be required to wear clothing suitable for working outdoors, including steel-toe capped boots and protective overalls for all practical sessions.

Additional costs during this course include £660 for trips throughout the course. Learners must buy and wear correct PPE for practical skills activities. A full list of equipment is available on request. The cost of additional safety equipment should not exceed £45.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 14/09/2020 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
Launch our fee calculator
Shuttleworth College B323

Apply Online


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
YouTube Instagram LinkedIn Moodle Higher Education Moodle Have Your Say