Technical Baccalaureate in

Crop Production

If you’re interested in growing and farming, this TechBacc could be for you. This course focuses on the production of a range of horticultural crops as well as ornamental production including cut flowers and nursery stock. Combining
good scientific knowledge with practical skills, this industry suits the technically minded as well as the business owner.

Career opportunities and starting salaries within the sector are good and there are great opportunities for budding entrepreneurs.

At a glance

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science at grade B, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above with GCSE grade B in Maths and English

What qualifications will I gain?

  • Level 3 120 credit Diploma in Horticulture (Production Horticulture)
  • Level 3 60 credit Subsidiary Diploma in Agriculture (Crops)
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Level 3 Extended Project qualification

Successful completion of these elements will result in the awarding of the Technical Baccalaureate performance measure.

Course options after this programme

Higher Education course options

  • BSc (Hons) Horticulture Science and Production Technology
  • FdSc Agriculture
  • BSc (Hons) Agriculture
  • BSc (Hons) Horticulture
  • BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Crop Management

Career options

  • Nursery manager
  • Fresh produce production manager
  • Grower
  • Buyer
Year 1 modules

What will I study?

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Business management
  • Plant propagation
  • Protected horticultural production
  • Outdoor production techniques
  • Land-based machinery

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Year 2 modules

What will I study?

  • Advanced horticultural science
  • Root crop and field vegetable production
  • Business planning
  • Agricultural crop production
  • Retail merchandising
  • Organic crop production

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Industry mentor

You will also complete an industry based placement and be assigned an ‘Industry Mentor’ who will provide support and guidance during your course programme.

This will help you to develop the knowledge, experience and skills that will best prepare you for a career in the crop production industry.

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.