Level 3 Diplomas in


Leading to an Advanced Technical Extended Diploma or Advanced Technical Certificate

Our established three-year Advanced Technical Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels and designed to fully prepare you for a career in the agricultural industry.

You will gain industry relevant theoretical knowledge in classroom sessions and practical experience on our farm’s commercial units and at other successful local farms.

In your final year you’ll specialise in dairy production, mechanised arable crop production or beef and sheep production.

What will I study?

  • Animal husbandry, health and welfare
  • Crop husbandry
  • Agricultural science
  • Environmental issues and DEFRA legislation
  • Business planning
  • Machines operation and maintenance
  • Spreaders and sprayers
  • Overseas study tours
  • Practical skill instruction
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional NPTC qualifications

You can follow one of four pathways:

  • Dairy production
  • Mechanised arable production
  • Beef and sheep production
  • Farm business

How long will it take?

  • 3 years, year 2 spent in industry, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Farm manager
  • Crop agronomist
  • Breeding advisor
  • Commercial sales representative
  • Head herds manager
  • Animal nutritionist

“I came to Reaseheath after GCSEs because I know I want to work in the agricultural industry and I’m keen to get on with my career. 

“I live on a dairy and sheep farm and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to carry on the family tradition and be a successful farmer. My passion is for dairy cattle and I chose to study at Reaseheath because it has such a good reputation in that area. 

“I’ve learned a lot about different methods of herd management, particularly as the college has a robotic milking system alongside a traditional parlour so you can compare the two systems.   

“Living on campus means I’ve been able to make the most of the great social life and I’ve made loads of friends.”