Agriculture Courses at Derby College

Agriculture is one of our oldest but most forward-thinking industries. Whatever your role – agricultural contractor, livestock technician or farm assistant – you’ll be working in a highly skilled, professional environment.

Is this you?

  • An enjoyment of practical tasks
  • A reliable and responsible character
  • A willingness to work outdoors in all weathers
  • The ability to do hard physical work
  • Undeterred by dirty or unpleasant tasks
  • An awareness of health and safety
  • A commitment to working anti-social hours such as early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • An interest in science and technology

Getting into agriculture


  • Full time at College There is a range of full-time Agriculture courses offered at Derby College to help you progress on your career pathway.
  • Apprenticeships Derby College offers an intermediate and an advanced apprenticeship in Agriculture. These give you the chance to gain practical experience of agricultural work alongside a recognised qualification.
  • Higher education Most jobs within agriculture do not require a specific higher education qualification for entry. However, there are university level courses available including degrees or foundation degrees in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Crop Management and Agri-Business which could lead to roles in farm management or working for an advisory body such as DEFRA.
  • Jobs You can enter this sector with no qualifications in posts such as farm assistant or assistant gamekeeper. These roles usually provide ‘on the job’ training and, in some cases, the opportunity to work towards relevant qualifications. For many jobs, emphasis is placed on your skills, qualities and, importantly, any relevant experience you’ve had. You can gain this experience by taking a full-time course at College, by embarking on an apprenticeship or by undertaking voluntary work.

Why choose Derby College?

  • Our superb Broomfield Hall campus is a working estate with extensive farmland, rare livestock breeds and an equine centre.
  • You’ll benefit from work experience supporting the College farm and maintaining the estate using industry-standard equipment.
  • Our courses reflect the latest developments in modern farming, a highly skilled, technical and innovative operation.
  • We offer a full range of diplomas and apprenticeships, together with short specialist courses aimed at those already working in agriculture.
  • There are clear progression routes to help you advance to supervisory and management roles or to take university-level courses.

Agriculture isn’t all about muddy wellies, unsocial hours and manual graft. A Derby College course prepares you for a career combining latest technology and scientific advances with working in the great outdoors.


Derby College Course Listings - Agriculture


FT Advanced 90-Credit Diploma in Agriculture : Site Broomfield Hall

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Work-based Agriculture: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Advanced Extended Diploma in Agriculture: Site Broomfield Hall

PT An Introduction to Lambing Theory and Practical - April: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Work-based Agriculture: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Award in Tractor Driving and Related Operations: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Intermediate Diploma in Agriculture: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Introductory Diploma in Agriculture: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Introductory NPTC PA1 Pesticide Foundation Unit: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Introductory NPTC PA2 Boom Sprayer: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Introductory NPTC PA6 Pesticide Knapsack Application : Site Broomfield Hall

PT Telehandler Course: Site Broomfield Hall

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Animal Care, Horse Care, Conservation, Horticulture and Arboriculture are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

Craig Gavagan

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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.

Did you Know?

  • Agriculture employs over 460,000 people
  • There are about 220,00 agricultural holdings in the UK
  • Agriculture contributes £9 billion to the UK economy
  • The East Midlands has one of the country’s highest levels of employment for crop production
  • 71% of the UK’s total land area is used for agriculture

Recent Vacancies

Farm labourer
£16000 per year
Performing general duties on the farm

Agricultural engineer
£25,000+ per year.
Designing, installing and servicing machinery and equipment

Experienced farm manager
£32,000+ per year
Responsible for the day-to-day running of a major enterprise

Agricultural inspector
Up to £35,000 per year.
Responsible for ensuring standards and regulations in farming

Site Information

Broomfield Hall

Courses in this area are run at our Broomfield Hall campus. About Broomfield Hall »

Useful Websites
Advice from the sector skills council for the land-based and environmental sectors
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Accommodation for Learners

We offer residential accommodation at Broomfield Hall for DerbyCollege learners. Find Out More »

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