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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a continuation of the 90-credit/Extended Diploma in Agriculture. It 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 will be required to obtain a Pass grade or above during your first year of this course. 

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.

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 »

Ashley Slater

Ashley Slater

Agri-qualifications power Ashley towards contract farming

Teenager Ashley Slater's father and grandfather used to be farmers and as a boy, he spent many happy hours tinkering with his granddad's vintage tractor.

Farming is in Ashley's blood and so, after completing his GCSEs, he knew he wanted to study agriculture.

And now, after completing two Derby College courses, he is well on track to fulfil his ambition to become a contract farmer.

Ashley chose the full-time Level 2 agricultural course at Broomfield Hall, and went on to take Level 3. He covered everything from topping (removing tough tall grass) and ploughing, to lambing and machine maintenance.

After college, his qualifications helped him land a general farmworkers' job on a 300 acre organic cereal farm at Sutton Bonington in Nottinghamshire.

The farm also has around 120 head of sheep and a herd of some 100 beef cattle.

The two courses gave me the qualifications I needed and helped me build on what I already knew. Some of the teachers have their own farms and they really know what they are talking about. You also get an option to learn for various tickets you might need - like I got my pesticides tickets and rough terrain forklift ticket. It all helps to show you've got the knowledge and skills when you apply for a job. My ambition is to one day have my own contracting business with my own machinery, working on other people's farms.

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