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Agriculture Level 2


This course gives an introduction to the agricultural industry. Learn about working in the agriculture industry and develop the skills you will need in employment and for further learning.


A one year combined practical and theory based course with the main emphasis on developing your practical skills. In addition you will also under take some theory sessions that will allow you to better understand what you learn on practical sessions, including farm duties and work experience.

Course Themes:

• Crop production
• Animal production
• Estate skills
• Machine operation
• Work experience and industry trade show visits
• English and maths

A work experience day is built into the course to further enhance your practical skills. A feature of the course is the range of visits we undertake, to a range of organisations, farms, shows and demonstrations. Throughout the course your work is constantly assessed, there are no formal exams in the course but there may be short tests.

Additional qualifications are offered to those learners at the commencement of their programme, these may include rough terrain fork lift truck operation, ATV training, tractor driving as well as health and safety in agriculture, but charges may apply. 

Across both our colleges we farm over 650 hectares of land over four farms based in two diverse locations; within the Vale of York and in Cumbria. At our York Campus students will have access to Westfield Farm, based at our Askham Bryan Campus and Home Farm based in nearby Askham Richard. Newton Rigg students will have access to Lower Beckside Hill Farm as well as a new Dairy Unit for practical sessions.

Students at both our Colleges will get the opportunity to make reciprocal visits to partner College Farms in York and Penrith, to study both upland and lowland agriculture, different farming systems in both high and low rainfall areas and alternative land production systems.

Entry Requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade E or above including Maths and English (new GCSE grading level 3) with Science desirable. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Further Study

After successful completion of this course, at a minimum of Merit level, you have the opportunity to study a Level 3 qualification in Agriculture. An alternative study route would be to continue your studies on Work-Based Learning pathways.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277