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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The 90-Credit/Extended Diploma in Agriculture is designed for people who would like to enter the world of farming in a supervisory or craftsman role or to move on to further study at university.  It covers all the main aspects of modern farming, including business management, machinery, livestock and crop production.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject.

You will need:

  • a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and/or Maths
  • an Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard, including English and/or Maths

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.  All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.

To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Pass grade or above during your first year. 

Course Content

Subjects may include:
  • Business management
  • Industrial and work experience
  • Estate skills
  • Introduction to crop production
  • Machinery operation and maintenance
  • Animal science
  • Plant and soil science
  • Principles of animal production
  • Principles of machinery
  • Spreaders and sprayers
  • Undertaking animal production
  • Grassland management
  • Undertaking farm habitat management
  • Forage crops
  • Investigative project
  • Managing agricultural environments
  • Livestock breeding and nutrition

How will I be assessed?

This course is continually assessed by a combination of written tests, project and assignment work, and demonstration of competence in a range of practical skills.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own Personal Protective Equipment which will include steel toe-capped boots, wellingtons and a boiler suit.

You will also be required to supply your own writing materials, including pens, pencils, folders and note paper.  A full list of equipment requirements will be discussed at your interview.

Please note that course fees will apply for learners aged 19+.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can consider a wide range of higher education courses to advance your specialist knowledge. Derby College also offers various one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Agriculture.


You can go into employment within the farming or related industries, with the potential to advance your career in supervisory or management roles.


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Craig Gavagan

Craig Gavagan

A career in farming

Craig Gavagan from Breaston was the first Agriculture apprentice at Broomfield Hall – learning new skills while working on our farm which boasts a wide range of livestock.

Craig, a former pupil at Friesland School in Sandiacre, had originally planned to do A-levels but decided to take a different route to success after seeing the apprenticeship advertised.

I didn’t know anything about farming life before coming here but I never want to work in any other industry now. I love working with the livestock and machinery and I hope that the qualifications I gain as part of the apprenticeship will help me get a job after the programme finishes.
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