Agriculture Level 3 - Livestock Pathway -

Agriculture Level 3 – Livestock Pathway

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Prepare for a career in agricultural food production – one of the UK’s most vital industries – with this course. You’ll gain a broad knowledge of the sector in the first year, before specialising in livestock in the second year.

Entry Requirements


at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

Year 1 (All Students)

  • Livestock
  • Crops
  • Estate Skills
  • Machinery
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Business Management
  • Root crop production (Arable specialist module)
  • Forage crop production (Arable specialist module)
  • Health and Safety
  • Work placement



Year 2 (Livestock Pathway)

  • Farm animal science
  • Health and nutrition
  • Beef Production
  • Poultry Production
  • Dairy Production
  • Business planning
  • Waste and pollution management
  • ATV and rough terrain forklift operations
  • Specialist Project

A work experience day is built into the course to further enhance your practical skills. A feature of the course is the visits to a range of organisations, farms, shows and demonstrations.

Your course is assessed by:

  • A multiple choice Health and Safety exam
  • A written subject exam
  • Written and practical assessment under controlled conditions

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

At our York campus students will have access to Westfield Farm and Home Farm, based in nearby Askham Richard.


4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject.

Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Progression routes from the programme can include Foundation and Bachelor degree programmes in Agriculture.

Working in industry, higher level Apprenticeships or travel and working overseas.




Progression and Development Sessions:

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

Students are to complete a minimum of 150 hours in their first year and 315 hours in their second year of study. (Some students may opt to complete the 315 hours in their first year, this will be discussed during induction)


Ideally students should find their own work placement provider, however we do have a list of providers which we may be able to contact should you be unsuccessful in finding a placement independently. While most students undertake placements on farms, we have had students carry out their work placements in auction marts, farm shops, agricultural contracting businesses, machinery dealerships and country stores. Work placement may be carried out on family home farms.

PPE costs (steel toe cap boots, wellies, overalls and a white labcoat)



Trips, visits and enrichment activities are included in the course fee charge of £75.00 which can be paid at the start of the course (instalments or a lump sum).

  • York Campus

    York is the College's residential campus and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

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