Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Agriculture
About this course

Agriculture includes the production of primary food and managing the land for environmental and sustainable development. The Agriculture sector can be divided into a number of sub-sectors or industries:

Employers report a skills gap when recruiting, particularly in technical, environmental, literacy, numeracy and business skills.  Therefore, because of the nature of Agricultural businesses, work-based learning through Apprenticeships is a good way for those entering the sector to learn the necessary skills and knowledge.

The Intermediate and Advanced Agriculture framework reflect the job roles within the industries and allows apprentices to take units in crop production, livestock production, mixed farming or poultry production depending on the type of farm they are working on.

Job roles at Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship) may include: Assistant Farm Manager, Arable Foreman, Herdsperson, Hatchery Manager or Farm Secretary.

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed.

What will I learn?

All learners will cover the mandatory core units of:

• Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security
• Communicate information within the workplace
•  Maintain and store records within the workplace

You can then take optional units that are relevant to your chosen pathway; Crop Production, Mixed Farming, Livestock Production or Poultry Production.

What is included in the framework?

• Competence - Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture 
• Knowledge - Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture 
• Skills Element - Level 2 Functional Skills English 
• Skills Element - Level 2 Functional Skills Maths 
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities
• Personal Learning Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

There are no specific prior achievements required to take this qualification, but a Level 2 qualification in Agriculture or other Land-based related subjects could be an advantage.

You need to be 16 years old or over to take this qualification.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Method of Delivery

The Competence and Knowledge Elements will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio.

Functional Skills will generally be delivered at our Wiltshire College Lackham campus. GCSE Grades C+ may mean that the Functional Skills elements may not be required.

A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

Additional costs and information


18-24 months

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.