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Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

- herdsperson/stocksperson
- agricultural technician
- stock/calf rearer
- contractor/assistant machinery operator
- trainee land agent
- farm quality assurance assessor

*100% of learners who completed their Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Technical Diploma in 2018 progressed directly into industry related jobs.

Overview of the course: 

This qualification is as a one year programme with the option of completing additional units in the second year to achieve the Technical Extened Diploma and provides you with a range of specialist technical skills and knowledge to work in the agricultural industry/supply chain or further study at university level.
The course combines college based learning (theory and practical) with 150 hours of industry experience and a wide range of trips, visits and guest speakers.

Entry requirements: 

4 x GCSEs at grade 4 or above which must include either maths or English.
Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture achieved at Merit AND either maths or English at GCSE grade (4) with the other GCSE at grade 3.
Level 2 Functional Skills is accepted as an alternative to GCSE.

Practical Experience:

In addition to the qualification requirements, you must have some practical farming experience and basic tractor driving skills. Due to the physical nature of the practical assessments, you must be able to safely achieve 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.


Health and Safety, Livestock, Machinery, Arable, Grassland, Estate Maintenance and Bio-security

How is the course assessed?: 

The course is assessed by an exam in March, a practical synoptic assessment and coursework.

In addition to the above you are required to complete 150 hours of Industry Placement.

Further study options after this course: 

Learners who successfully complete the Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture can progress to the second year and complete the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture.

Completion of the 2 year course allows learners to progress to a range of university level qualifications including BSc (Hons) Agriculture. Learners who successfully complete the Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture can progress to the second year and complete the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture.

Length of the course: 

1 Year Full Time


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Fees for this course are;

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 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2021 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

Alternatively you may self fund the course. If you need to pay fees they are:


*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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