Level 3 in Agriculture

This City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma is a three year course, designed to provide the knowledge and skills essential for a career in the land-based sector. The course combines practical skills on the college farms, classroom theory and one year of industry work experience.

Course content

The main areas of study are:

  • Agricultural environments
  • Animal health
  • Beef, sheep and dairy production
  • Business management
  • Estate skills
  • Grassland management
  • Investigative project
  • Land-based machinery operations
  • Land-based workshop practice
  • Livestock husbandry
  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Work-related experience in the land-based industries

Plus four of the following optional units:

  • Business planning
  • Crop production
  • Livestock breeding and nutrition
  • Organic production
  • Pollution control

During Year 2, students undertake a 52 week work placement and develop skills in commercial decision making, enterprise management and problem solving.

To hear further information about our courses please follow the link below to a presentation by the Course Manager

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This course may provide students with an opportunity to progress onto the Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Technology or the Honours Degree in Agricultural Technology. There is a wide range of employment opportunities for graduates. These include supervisory posts in the feed, agrochemical and fertiliser sectors as well as herd and farm management roles.

Entry Requirements

Normally four GCSE subjects at Grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science subject or equivalent qualifications are required. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have the equivalent of one year’s relevant industry experience, which can be acquired prior to leaving school.

Entry requirements will be enhanced if the course is oversubscribed.


Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture normally at Merit level or above, or an equivalent qualification and normally Grade C in English and Mathematics or equivalent.


Applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience will also be considered. These applicants may be required to submit work-based evidence and undertake written assessments and/or practical competence tests as part of the assessment.

Key staff

Irene Downey

Irene Downey

Senior Lecturer (Agriculture) Agriculture,
Greenmount Campus