Technical Certificate in Agriculture


Agriculture, Crops and Livestock Land Based Engineering


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England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Agriculture

This Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Agriculture enables you to gain the core skills and knowledge required for working in a farming environment. Sound practical skills are really important for working in agriculture as you will be required to work with animals, crops and machinery. You will learn safe working practices, how to operate a range of agricultural machinery and estate maintenance skills such as fencing. You will also learn about crop production, plant and soil science and livestock husbandry.

Compulsory topics include:

  • Safe working in agriculture
  • Machinery operations
  • Agricultural crop production
  • Livestock husbandry
  • Plant and soil science
  • Estate maintenance skills

Learners will also be able to choose additional optional topics, including:

  • Forage crop production
  • Root crop production
  • Pollution and waste control
  • Habitat management
  • Dairy, sheep, beef, poultry and pig production
  • Spreaders and sprayers
  • Business planning and management
  • Workshop practice
  • Transmission systems
  • Repairing cultivation and harvesting machinery

You can choose to specialise in:

  • Livestock
  • Arable
  • Farm mechanisation

This could lead to the following employment opportunities:

  • Assistant stockperson
  • Herdsperson
  • Shepherd
  • Dairyman
  • Contractor (livestock)
  • Crop store assistant
  • Contractor (crops)
  • Assistant head tractor driver
  • Sprayer operator
  • Machinery operator
  • Farm mechanic

Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Agriculture, which allows you to combine working on a farm with typically attending one day a week at college or with a training provider. You could also progress onto further learning within a Higher Education Institution and take a course such as an Agriculture Foundation Degree.

Find out more about this qualification in the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Agriculture Qualification Handbook

Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Agriculture website

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