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Level 2 Technical Certificate in Agriculture

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

Following completion of this course you could move on to employment in the land-based sector in roles such as being a general farm worker, shepherd/shepherdess, farm machinery technician or herdsperson.

Further on in your career development you may consider being an agricultural engineer or an agricultural machinery driver.

Overview of the course: 

Looking to start your career in the agriculture and farming sector? The Level 2 certificate in agriculture course from East Durham College is the perfect starting point!

Agriculture and food production is a thriving global industry that is essential to all our lives - without it, we wouldn't eat!

Farmers themselves are a virtal part of the agricultural industry. British farmers produce a massive 63% of the food we eat, supported by a large, varied industry that employs 3.5 million people right here in the UK.

There's no previous experience needed for the level 2 agriculture course, so whether you're brand new to agriculture or already got a little experience under your belt, this is the perfect starting point. With this course, you could unlock the gateway to over 200 careers that are available in UK agriculture.

You may or may not have any previous experience in farming and this qualification could be the gateway to over 200
careers that are available in UK agriculture. Most jobs involve the outdoors in some way and it is a good match for people
who like hands on practical work. Whichever area of the industry you choose you are likely to operate machinery of some kind, many of which use cutting-edge technology. Most importantly there are real opportunities to specialise and develop your skills as time goes on.

This exciting and ever-changing industry needs talented, flexible people who are ready to take on a challenge. Every day is likely to be different and we need people that can problem solve and take on whatever Mother Nature throws
our way.

Growing or rearing food on an industrial scale takes a lot of skill and dedication, helped along by technology and science.
In fact 70% of the jobs in the agricultural industry involve science, engineering or technology, everything from GPS, to drones and even robots. If you’re ambitious, there is real scope to progress in this industry.

Entry requirements: 

4 x GCSEs at Grade 3 or above.
Grade 4 in either GCSE English or Maths required.
No previous agricultural experience is required.

Due to the physical nature of the assessments, you will need to be capable of achieving the practical elements of the course without assistance.

East Durham College's Houghall Campus is committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for all our students. The campus, some of which is over 80 years old, has seen over £40m invested in new facilities over the last 4 years. However, there are still some aspects of the site which are not fully accessible and would cause an issue for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users; and due to the nature of the site, adjustments may not always be reasonable at this stage. The College is committed to further investment and improvements of the site, as we work towards ensuring the campus is as assessible as possible. If you have limited mobility or are a wheelchair user and wish to undertake a course at the Houghall Campus, please contact Student Services on 0191 375 4710 in the first instance to discuss your needs and options.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


During this course, you'll learn about a wide variety of topics related to agriculture. These include:

Health & Safety
Agricultural Machinery
Crop Husbandry
Farm Animal Production
Farm Estate Maintenance
Physiology of Plants and Animals
Working in the Agricultural Industry

How is the course assessed?: 

Multiple choice exam followed by a practical synoptic assessment and coursework.
You will also be required to complete 150 hours of industry placement.

Further study options after this course: 

Following successful completion of this course at merit level you may progress to Level 3 Technical Diploma in Agriculture.

Length of the course: 

1 Year, full time.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £17,004

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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