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Study Mode
Full Time 
Practical Assessment 
Animal Care 
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Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs grades A* - C/grade 4 or above or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language, Maths and Science.

Agriculture Level 3

This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma will develop your scientific knowledge and broaden your understanding of the farming industry, allowing you upon completion to progress onto a relevant honours degree, a course at an agricultural college or employment within the industry. Delivered in partnership with the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust you will develop your practical skills through spending one day per week at the farm, as well as on regular placements. You'll also have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the industry through various study visits to animal establishments.

About the Course

This course gives you the chance to improve and broaden your scientific and agricultural knowledge.

The course is taught through theory and practical sessions that are spread throughout the two years. 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 be required to complete 9 weeks of work experience throughout the two years of study. This is arranged as 3 lots of 3 week blocks over the two years. Whilst you are on work placement you will be required to attend the placement Monday to Friday for the hours the placements state. Some farms may want you to start at 8am and/or work over 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 GCSEs in English and Maths where necessary. 

Key Units

Key Areas of Study

  • Animal biology
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Principals of plant and soil science
  • Business management
  • Estate skills
  • Managing agicultural environments
  • Livestock/poultry/sheep/beef/pig production
  • Livestock breeding and nutrition
  • Farm livestock husbandry
  • Animal health
  • Habitat management
Additionally, you will complete an investigative project and related work-experience.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grades A* - C/grade 4 or above or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language, Maths 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 also go onto study in Higher Education. Sheffield City College also has progression accords with Nottingham Trent University and Moulton College, which means that you will be guaranteed an interview on some of their degree programmes (dependant on grades).

Former students have gone on to study degrees in Agriculture at Askham Bryan College.  

Future Opportunities

An Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture should enable you to progress into careers in:

  • Farming
  • Animal charities
  • Zoos
  • Animal collections
  • Stud farms
  • 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 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture.

This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 3 A levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.

Extra Costs

You will need to purchase some overalls, which the college can provide for a cost of £15. You will also need a pair of wellington or steel toe-capped boots. 

Visits will be arranged during the year to various places, such as farms, zoos and other types of animal establishment, you are expected to attend these visits as part 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 also advised to obtain a USB memory stick (minimum 1GB) in order to back up their work. 

Students in financial hardship may be eligible to apply to the Learner Support Fund for assistance with course related expenses.


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