Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Agriculture
About this course

Agriculture includes the production of primary food and managing the land for environmental and sustainable development.


An apprenticeship in Agriculture is not just about muddy wellies and long hours outside.  The aprpenticeship offers a huge range of opportunities for those working on livestock or arable farms, from rural hill farms to mechanised crop growing businesses.

Job roles at Level 2 (Intermediate apprenticeship) may include: Arable Farm Worker, Assistant Stockman, Assistant Herdsperson, Contract Worker, Trainee Fieldsman, Egg Collector, Livestock Technician.

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed. Regardless of whether you hold a wide range of responsibilites, or specicalise in a more specific role, an apprenticeship can help you learn the skills you need to suceed and gain the qualifications to prove your knowledge.

What will I learn?

This qualification covers a very wide range of areas related to the skills and knowledge required for working in the Agricultural industry.

All learners will cover the mandatory core units of:

  • Health & Safety
  • Working with Others
  • Developing Personal Performance

You will also need to cover:
•Biosecurity in the Workplace

You can then take optional units that are relevant to your chosen pathway, such as:

  • Crop Production
  • Mixed Farming
  • Livestock Production or Poultry Production

The choice of optional units will reflect the work environment that you are in, and the type of role that you are carrying out.

There are a wide range of Optional Units, examples include:

  • Transport harvested crops
  • Carry out harvesting by mechanical means
  • Prepare feed and water supplies for livestock
  • Maintain livestock and their accommodation
  • Grow young birds
  • Prepare and deliver basic treatments to livestock
Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade E in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.

A Level 1 or another 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

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well.

Each apprenticeship involves a structured programme of training leading to a recognised qualification, and they are available at different levels, letting you choose the speed you wish to learn at.

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. Evidence of GCSE Grades C and above in Maths and English may mean that the Functional Skills elements will 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

An Intermediate apprenticeship in Agriculture will usually take 18 months to complete.

You will attend college for one day per week during term time as part of your training.

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

What could I do next?

On completion of your Level 2 apprenticeship, you might like to progress to do a Level 3 Agriculture qualification.

You might also consider other short courses such as:

  • First Aid
  • Health & Safety in the Workplace
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.