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C&G Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of working in farming such as safe working practices in farming, livestock husbandry and crop production, plant and soil science, estate skills and operating agricultural machinery as well as business skills. A specific route will be chosen to specialise in either livestock, arable or farm mechanisation.
Students choosing the livestock option will go to study subjects such as farm livestock health and nutrition, pollution and waste control management, business improvement and farm animal science, plus you will learn about specialist dairy, beef, sheep, pig or poultry production. You will also study further topics such as grassland management or farm habitat management. This would be for you if you really enjoy the aspects of farming relating to animals and their husbandry and production. If you chose the arable option, then you will learn those skills that are particularly important for working with agricultural crops such as pollution and waste control management, business improvement, agricultural spreaders and sprayers plus further subjects such as forage crop production, grassland management, harvesting, storage and marketing of root crops, field vegetable production and combinable crop production.
For the farm mechanisation pathway, you will focus on the agricultural machinery side. You will learn about land-based power units and workshop practice, plus you will study further topics such as repairing compression-ignition engines, mechanical power transmission systems, spark-ignition (petrol) engines, cultivation, planting and application machinery and harvesting machinery.
Centres and providers work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible work placements will also be provided by the employers. This practically based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment in the agricultural industry or specialist further study.

Overview of the course: 

It is a full time two year study programme allowing learners to develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the agriculture sector. Sessions will consist of practical and theory taught sessions. Basic skills are required and industry experience is an advantage. Maths and English will be to be studied alongside the programme.

Entry requirements: 

Progressing from a Level 2 Diploma requires a minimum of an overall Merit and be competent at tractor driving. Good attendance from previous year is also required.
Direct entry requires a minimum of 5 x GCSE's at Grade 4+ including maths, English and science and two other subjects. Basic livestock knowledge and tractor driving skills are required for this course. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


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

How is the course assessed?: 

A range of externally moderated synoptic assignments, externally marked tests, internal tests and assignments.

Further study options after this course: 

In livestock pathway :Herdsperson, Shepherd, Dairyman, Contractor (livestock), Assistant Poultry Unit Manager. In arable pathway : Contractor (crops), Agricultural technician, Assistant head tractor driver, Fixed plant manager, Sprayer operator In farm mechanisation pathway : Machinery technician, Farm mechanic. Foundation Degree

Length of the course: 

2 years


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 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 2019 - 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.

*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 (16 Aug 2019 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

'This College is well run and offers very good land based courses for many different people, the staff help you if you’re ever stuck, this College is great all round.'

'I have already made so much progress in this course although I have only been here just over a month and feel welcome here at all times.'

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