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Subsidiary Diploma in Agriculture Level 3

Kirkley Hall Campus
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NPTC Subsidiary Diploma in Agriculture (QCF) Level 3

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

This course would suit anyone who works or wants to work within the Agricultural Industry.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

Yes, you will need to have four GCSEs including, English and or maths and preferably two sciences and one other all at grade C or above, or a level 2 Qualification in a related subjects. The recommended entry requirements are the level 2 Certificate, Extended Certificate or Diploma in Agriculture and/or previous practical experience within an agricultural environment.

What will I study on the course?

The learner will need to successfully complete 6 units (depending on which ones are selected) to gain this qualification.

The qualification includes a large number of units covering a range of topics. The mandatory units are:

- Anatomy and Physiology or Plant and Soil Science

- Investigative Project

- Work Experience

There are lots of optional units that allow you pick your areas of interest, such as:

- Livestock Production

- Agricultural Crop Production

- Grassland Management

- Livestock Breeding and Nutrition

- Farm Habitat Management

- Agricultural Crop Handling and Storage

- Beef and Sheep production.

The period of work experience will allow you to gain further first- hand experience of working on the farm or other related agricultural operations.

For all units you will study both the practical and theory-based aspects. You will learn how to carry out skills as well as why you need to do and know certain things.

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For all units you will study both practical and theory based methods.

The course runs for 3 days per week over 1 Years.

Your progress will be assessed by a range of stimulating methods including written assignments, practical assessments/ observations, presentations, group work and identification tests.

You may also have the opportunity to complement your studies with other qualifications that will help you gain employment, including additionality e.g. employability skills.

NPTC Subsidiary Diploma in Agriculture (QCF) Level 3

The qualification allows you to progress into employment.

You might progress into the following roles:

- Farmer

- Assistant Farm Manager (Livestock)

- Assistant Farm Manager (Crops)

- Stockperson

- Herdsman

- Farm Secretary

- Livestock Technician.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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