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Agriculture Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

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This advanced apprenticeship is ideal if you have worked in agriculture and want to enhance your skills and knowledge further in order to progress to a more senior role. The units you will study reflect the job roles within the industry and you will have a choice of pathways to suit your interests; a livestock, crops or mixed pathway. Units vary from monitoring and maintaining livestock to harvesting operations. There will also be the opportunity to study for additional professional qualifications, such as safe use of pesticides, forklift use and first aid.

Apprenticeships at Bedford College

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:

You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths or a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject supported by Functional Skills in English and maths at Level 1, or equivalent.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Monitor and maintain livestock on outdoor sites 
  • Transport physical resources within the work area
  • Prepare and maintain structures and surfaces
  • Prepare, monitor and cultivate sites for planting
  • Identify, monitor and maintain the healthy growth of crops
  • Identify, monitor and control unwanted vegetation 
  • Monitor and maintain harvesting operations

Assessment methods

The majority of assessment will take place in the work place through a mixture of practical observation and questions, learner discussion, written questions and the production of a portfolio of evidence. There is also a short multiple choice test marked externally.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Work-Based Agriculture NPTC Level 3 Diploma


  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths

There will also be the opportunity to obtain a professional qualification, such as a Safe Use of Pesticides or Forklift operating qualification, as well as undertaking a first aid course.

Further study and career options

Further study: Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship you could go on to study the Higher apprenticeship in Agriculture here at the College.

Future careers: You could continue working in the industry, using your skills and expertise to enhance your career progression into roles such as agricultural/horticultural technician, farm manager or farm secretary.

Additional information

In order to take part in this course you will need to provide overalls and steel-toed boots.

Course Information & How to Apply

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Please ring 01234 291000 or email for alternatives.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
18 months Flexible In College – 1 day per week Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Shuttleworth College B1181


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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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