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Agriculture BTEC Level 3 Certificate (Cancelled)

This part-time course will give you the education and training you need if you are interested in learning more about agriculture. You can study particular topics in agriculture and develop the vocational knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment in the agriculture or allied industries.

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Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSE’s A-C (Including Maths and English) OR an equivalent level 2 qualification supported by good references and functional skills in Maths and English.

Course content

A BTEC Certificate in Agriculture is equivalent to one AS level qualification. You will need to achieve a minimum of 30 credits (a minimum of 3 units) The course ensures that learners develop the vocational knowledge, understanding and skills that are required for employment in the agriculture industry.

To achieve the qualification you will need to achieve a minimum of three units from the following:

  • The Principles of plant science and soil science
  • Understanding principles of land-based machinery
  • Undertaking estate skills
  • Undertaking agricultural livestock production
  • Undertaking agricultural crop production
  • Understanding livestock breeding and nutrition
  • Understanding and promoting animal health
  • Undertaking sheep production
  • Undertaking beef production
  • Understanding and carrying out farm livestock husbandry
  • Undertaking land-based workshop practice
  • Undertaking specialised land-based workshop practices
  • Understanding and using agricultural spreaders and sprayers
  • Undertaking pig production
  • Understand grassland management.

You will be supported to study towards additional qualifications but there will be additional costs.

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed throughout the course using a variety of methods, including presentations, case studies, assignments and practical assessments.

Further study and career options

On completion of this course you will be able to progress to a Subsidiary Diploma in a relevant subject. The qualification will also help you gain employment in the agriculture industry, where currently there is a shortage of qualified and skilled workers.

Additional information

You'll be required to wear steel toe-capped boots and Wellingtons. You will also have the opportunity to buy Shuttleworth agriculture tops and overalls – you'll be required to wear overalls during livestock practicals.

If you are aged 24 or over you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
8 week(s) 28/04/2014 Mon 9.00 am - 4.45 pm Launch our fee calculatorLaunch our fee calculator Shuttleworth College B885 Course in progress


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