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An ideal opportunity to ‘earn as you learn’. You’ll combine paid work on a farm with studying one day a week at Reaseheath.

You will learn technical skills and continue to build on your existing experience and knowledge whilst specialising in either livestock production or mixed farming.

If you are not currently employed in the industry, we may be able to help you link with an employer, or help you to find an apprenticeship.

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Level 3 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

  • Animal health
  • Nutrition
  • Handling
  • Farm machinery
  • Forage crops and grassland
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications
  • Breeding and genetics (dairy option only)
  • Dairy mechanisation (dairy option only)
  • Soil science (mixed farming option only)
  • Crop production (mixed farming option only)

How long will it take?

  • 12 to 24 months depending on previous experience (1 day per week)

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Farm manager
  • Commercial sales representative
  • Herds manager
  • Self-employed contractor
Level 2 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 18 to 24 months depending on previous experience (1 day per week)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English and Maths

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Assist in running family farm
  • Herdsperson or stock person
  • Tractor driver
Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards additional NPTC qualifications, including:

  • PA1 and PA2
  • All terrain vehicle
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Transportation of livestock
  • Farm health and safety
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If you are:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) your training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) you training funded from your employers Digital Apprenticeship Service  Account

*small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

How do I apply?

If you have an employer and you would like to apply for an apprenticeship you can apply now online. You can also view our live vacancies or complete an online enquiry form and a member of the apprenticeship team will contact you.

For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about becoming an apprentice or employing an apprentice by visiting our website.

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Student Profile
Jack Vaughan

Ambition: Farm manager

School: Malbank School and Sixth Form College

Age: 19

A fourth generation farmer, Jack eventually wants to take over the management of his family’s dairy farm.

He already helps his father run their herd of 300 Holstein Friesians and is involved in discussions about future introduction of new technology such as robotic milking.

Jack previously did a Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair with us and has found his engine technology skills useful when he’s working with tractors. Now that he’s decided his career lies in farm management he’s continued to study as an agricultural apprentice and comes into college one day a week. He plans to take his qualifications further by studying for a degree or other higher level course.

During his apprenticeship he’s learned about accounts and management and other useful subjects such as animal health and farm diversification. He’s also seen how we operate our own dairy and commercial sheep and pig units.

Jack says: “I find the course topics are very helpful. But the best thing about coming to college is that it encourages you to be forward thinking. You listen to other people, compare notes and come up with new ideas.”