Agriculture (Farming) Level 2 Diploma

This programme will provide you with ample opportunity to work outdoors and build your primary skills needed to work with farm animals and estate maintenance tasks.

It’s an exciting time to step into the agriculture industry, a dynamic and increasingly technical sector and one of the UK’s biggest employers.

On this programme you will develop knowledge and practical skills with livestock, crops and machinery through a mix of classroom and practical sessions, as well as engaging with the farming community through visits and work experience. These varied sessions are delivered by our own teaching team and technical staff who have extensive subject knowledge and experience.

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies

Mandatory units:

  • Understand Animal Biology
  • Understand the Principles of Plant Science
  • Understand the Principles of Soil Science
  • Undertake Estate Skills
  • Undertake Agricultural Livestock Production
  • Understand and Carry Out Farm Livestock Husbandry
  • Undertaking Land-based Machinery Operations
  • Undertaking sheep production
  • Passionate, dedicated staff with strong industry links.
  • Chance to get involved with estate management.
  • 400 acre outdoor classroom including woodlands, wetland and grasslands.
  • Fully functioning farm with rare breed sheep and cows, pigs, goats, llamas, chickens, ducks and more.
  • Well-equipped workshops and machinery with instruction by subject-specialist staff.

At least four GCSEs at grade 3 (grade 2-3) or above, including Maths, Science and English, or a relevant Level 1 qualification at Merit or above. You will need to be comfortable working with a range of animals and will need to pass the reference and interview process.

150 hours work experience to be completed


Dawn Rigby

Tutor Dawn Rigby I believe that young children need a special environment in which to grow and deserve practitioners who are inspiring, dynamic, reflective and passionate about their learning.
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Why Merrist Wood College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 100+

    different courses

  • 50+

    years of experience in teaching land-based subjects

  • 400

    -acre campus specialising in the land-based industries

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