Agriculture (Farm Management) Advanced Diploma (Level 3)

Course overview

This course is designed to provide you with strong industry foundations and the knowledge, skills and confidence required for a responsible management position in agriculture.

The course comprises of one or two years of full-time study, depending on which programme you follow. The one year course is the equivalent to gaining two A levels, and the two year course is the equivalent to gaining three A levels. Industry placements form part of all Level 3 vocational full-time courses at Capel Manor College. Each industry placement is at least 315 hours long, providing you with invaluable industry experience as part of your studies. You will be invited to make contact with employers, relevant to your studies, who could host your placement.

You will learn

  • Professional working responsibilities
  • Plant and soil science
  • Machinery operations
  • Estate skills
  • Crop production
  • Livestock production
  • The contemporary issues arising in the land-based sector
  • How to make business improvements
  • How to monitor livestock health and disease treatment
  • How to manage livestock nutrition
  • Root, crop and field vegetable production

BTEC National Diploma in Agriculture – Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL) Reference: 60312129

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 and above (A* to C) including a science-related subject. An overall Distinction in a Level 2 agriculture course or equivalent. Relevant prior learning or experience gained in a professional environment will be considered. Independent study skills are needed to be successful at this level . Before you start your course, if you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you will be required to attend a fun and practical two-day preparation workshop where you will meet your tutors and other students on your course. Further details will be provided at the point of an offer being made.

This course will prepare you for employment in roles such as stockperson, herdsperson, machinery operator or trials officer. Completion of the two year programme will allow you to progress to a range of higher education courses in agriculture or agricultural sciences.

This is a full-time course. If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of this course, your tuition, exams and materials fees will be paid for you in full as long as you meet some basic criteria for UK residence. Find out more on our Fees and Funding page. If you are eligible, you can also apply for support with travel and other costs through our bursary process. Further information will be provided when you enrol.

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts, you may be entitled to help with tuition fees for some courses. If you are in receipt of employment benefits, have a low income, or are studying towards your first substantial qualification, you may be entitled to free tuition. You will need to pay a materials fee if applicable to your course. Find further information about help with tuition fees on our Fees and Funding page.

Please note that fees for September 2023 have not yet been finalised, and are subject to a small increase. Applicants will be notified of final course fees before enrolling.

Jay’s story

Jay spent four years studying at Capel Manor College, starting with the Animal Care Technical Diploma (Level 2) before progressing to the Agriculture (Farming) Intermediate Diploma (Level 2) and Agriculture (Farm Management) Advanced Diploma (Level 3). Jay’s story