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Agriculture Level 2
Study Mode
Full Time 
Practical Assessment 
Horticulture & Floristry 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
Minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - D or acceptable alternatives, which must include English Language and Science. 

Agriculture Level 2

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture will see you improve and broaden your scientific and farming knowledge. Taught by experienced tutors with relevant industry experience, and delivered in partnership with Whirlow Hall Farm Trust this course will give you knowledge of farm animal production and plant and animal husbandry. You will also have the opportunity to develop your practical skills through study days at Whirlow Hall Farm, regular study visits to animal establishments and 2 work placements.

About the Course

The course gives you a chance to improve and broaden your scientific and farming knowledge and covers various aspects of the agriculture industry.

The course is taught through theory and practical sessions that are dispersed throughout the course. The programme is delivered in partnership with Whirlow Hall Farm Trust and you will spend 1 day per week at the farm as part of your studies.

You will also be required to complete 6 weeks of work experience throughout the year. This is arranged as two blocks during the year. Whilst you are on work placement you will be required to attend your placement Monday to Friday, for the hours the placements state. Some farms may want you to start at 8.00am and/or work over the weekends. Work experience is not optional, it is a compulsory part of the course. If you do not complete your placements you will not be able to achieve the qualification.


You are also expected to study Functional Skills or GSCEs in English and Maths where necessary. 

Key Units

Key Areas of Study

  • Farm animal production
  • Plant and animal husbandry
  • Plant and animal biology
  • Dairy and beef cattle husbandry

You will also undertake work placements in a farming environment and study an introduction to environmental and land-based business.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - D or acceptable alternatives, which must include English Language and Science. 


All units are assessed and graded (Pass, Merit and Distinction) and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

The units are assessed by a programme of assignments and practical work. There are no traditional exams, but this does mean that you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Where does this Lead

Students who achieve good grades could go onto study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture, which is also offered at the college. 

Future Opportunities

A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture can help you to develop the skills you need to progress into careers working in farms, animal charities, zoos, animal collections, stud farms and many other areas of the animal care industry.

Tell Me More

Will this course suit me?

 An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and who has a keen ambition to work with animals and an interest in farming and working outdoors.

Official Qualification Title

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture

Extra Costs

You will need to purchase some overalls – the college can supply these for a cost of approximately £15. You will also need a pair of wellington or steel toe-capped boots. There is also the option to purchase an Animal Care & Management polo shirt. 

Visits will be arranged during the year to various places, such as farms, zoos and other types of animal establishments. You are expected to attend the visits as partial fulfilment of your course. For some of the visits you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the entrance fee and travel, which you will be able to pay in instalments throughout the year.

Students are advised to obtain a USB memory stick (minimum 1GB) to back up their work.

Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college's Learner Support Fund.