Do you want to help shape the future or farming and food production?

Could you help feed a growing population while combatting climate change? Are you keen to gain the technical knowledge, qualifications and practical skills that employers want? Join our forward thinking agriculture department and learn about the latest cutting edge technology.

Whether it’s managing a farm, carrying out research and development, operating and maintaining hi-tech machinery or working in an allied industry such as livestock nutrition, crop agronomy, sales or working in retail, our agricultural courses will steer you towards a very rewarding career. Most of our students get jobs as soon as they’ve qualified – in fact there’s such high demand that we sometimes have a waiting list of farmers and companies wanting to recruit!

Although we’ve run agricultural courses for over 100 years, we’re right up to date with the technological advances within the industry. Apart from learning hands-on on our modern farm you can look forward to studying in our advanced agri-technology centre, which will offer world class facilities and training in precision farming including crop production systems.

You can be sure that your course will deliver exactly the right skills and knowledge you’ll need because we work closely with industry mentors who advise on course content. We’re unique because we can train you in the whole supply chain thanks to our industry standard Food Centre, with its specialist butchery department and licensed dairy processing halls and our relationships with major retailers.

Our students tell us they most enjoy:

  • Practical sessions on our farm, which has an elite dairy herd and award winning commercial sheep and pig units. We’ve also dedicated an area to arable crop production so you get more experience using precision machinery
  • Completing relevant work experience on all courses. We are one of few colleges to offer a full year’s  work placement as part of our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture, so if you join that course you gain practical experience through all seasons
  • Gaining unique insights and experiences by being part of our study tours in the UK and abroad, by taking part in discussions and by visiting key events
  • Acquiring extra relevant qualifications such as AI, foot trimming, safe use of veterinary medicine, pesticide application and Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) telescopic handler
  • Presentations from industry leaders and visiting businesses
  • Being encouraged to undertake independent research at Level 3 – great preparation for studying at degree level
  • Visiting or undertaking practicals on a range of farms and allied businesses to gain an insight into the wider agricultural industry

Agriculture courses

Career Options

Some of the exciting careers options available in the Agriculture industry include…

  • Farm manager
  • Agronomist
  • Breeding advisor
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Herd/flock manager
  • Machinery operator/technician
  • Working in the agricultural supply chain
  • Food processors or retailer