Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

This programme is offered to students who are employed full-time in the farming industry and who wish to study on a day release basis. The course places emphasis on practical skills backed up with an understanding of the associated principles and theory. 

What does the course involve?

Whilst at work you will receive comprehensive practical training that will enable you to carry out the jobs required by your employer and achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Agriculture. You will be visited in the workplace by an assessor to check on your progress and to ensure that you are building evidence towards your final qualification. You will have the opportunity to select one of the following options to reflect the type of work you do, alongside learning about health and safety and obtaining any necessary qualifications in functional skills:

  • Livestock Production: General agriculture; feeding, housing and managaing and monitoring livestock; stock tasks; milk production.
  • Mixed Farming: General agriculture; establishing and maintaining crop production; establishing and maintaining livestock performance; using tractors and equipment.
  • Crop Production: General agriculture; establishing and maintaining the growth of  crops; harvesting; using tractors and machinery.
  • Poultry:  General agriculture; specialist poultry learning and training; feeding, housing and managaing and monitoring livestock; stock tasks.

What makes this course special?

This course offers you the opportunity to earn and learn, gaining the practical experience that is so greatly valued within the agricultural industry. You will receive instruction and training from a range of experienced and qualified practitioners and have access to the modern agricultural and IT facilities at the College’s 200 hectare commercial farm and Agricultural Innovation Centre.

You will receive tutorial support and guidance throughout your training and have access to the same range of facilities available to the full-time students. 

Placements/Work Placements

You are required to be employed full-time within the farming industry whilst studying on the apprenticeship programme. It is your responsibility to find employment although the College may be able to offer some help.  

Entry Requirements

  • Practical experience and enthusiasm and commitment to learning about agriculture
  • GCSE A* - E (or 9 – 3) in English and Maths are an advantage. Students who have the appropriate practical experience and knowledge will be able to work towards functional skills qualifications alongside the apprenticeship programme. An initial assessment in maths and English is required for all learners.
  • Students complete an initial assessment at College which will help ensure that they are guided towards the appropriate programme and offered any necessary support with their learning.

What are the assessment methods?

Continual assessment both within the workplace and at College. Assessment methods include:

  • Practical assessment in the workplace by a College assessor and the employer
  • Written assessments at College (short answer style questions and tests)

How long is the course?

15 - 24 months.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Students are required to work in the industry four days a week and attend College one day a week on day release. 

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Students may have the opportunity to gain industry qualifications, eg. ATV; RTFL (telescopic handler) at a reduced price while studying on the apprenticeship programme.

What are the progression options?

Students can progress within the Apprenticeship programme and move on to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Agricultrure or choose to study the full time Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture.


The combination of practical experience and theoretical knowledge acquired on this course can open the door to a range of jobs within the agricultural industry.

Awarding Body

City & Guilds.

Further Information