Level 2 Diploma


This course provides you with an excellent foundation to start your career in agriculture. It’s ideal whether you come from a farming background or not.

You’ll be involved in the day-to-day practical work on farms, learning diverse farming practices. You’ll broaden your knowledge through work placements and farm experience weeks.

The course also includes lots of practical work on Reaseheath’s high welfare dairy, sheep and pig units.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Tractor operation
  • Dairy husbandry
  • Crop husbandry
  • Estate skills
  • Sheep husbandry
  • Pig husbandry
  • Grassland management
  • Animal health
  • Farming health and safety
  • Stock duties
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

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

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

  • All terrain vehicle
  • Tractor driving
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Transportation of livestock
  • Farm health and safety
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. 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 this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Kostja Vezanovs

Ambition: Farm Manager

School: Eccles Hall School, Norfolk

Age: 18

Originally from Latvia, Kostja lives in Cambridgeshire where his family has an arable farm. Although he’s experienced in crop production, he chose to come to Reaseheath to learn more about livestock.

Kostja completed our Level 2 and Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas in Agriculture and is now spending a year in America on a programme organised through the University of Ohio. He will complete a further year with us to gain his Level 3 Extended Diploma before going to university to study agricultural management.

Kostja says: “I’m enjoying learning about different farming systems. Coming to Reaseheath has opened a lot of doors for me.”