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Agriculture (Farm Management) Advanced Diploma (Level 3)

Capel Manor College


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1 year, Full-time
Pearson Education/ BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Agriculture
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Capel Manor College - Mottingham Campus
Mottingham Lane
South East London
United Kingdom


This course is designed to provide you with strong industry foundations and the knowledge, skills and confidence required for a responsible management position in agriculture.


Pearson Education/ BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Agriculture

Regulated by Ofqual

Course media


You will learn:

  • Professional working responsibilities
  • Plant and soil science
  • Machinery operations
  • Estate skills
  • Crop production
  • Livestock production
  • Contemporary issues in the land-based sector
  • How to make business improvements
  • How to monitor livestock health and disease treatment
  • How to manage livestock nutrition
  • Root, crop and field vegetable production

Who is this course for?

The course comprises of one or two years of full-time study, depending on which programme you follow. The one year course is the equivalent to gaining two A levels, and the two-year course is the equivalent to gaining three A levels.


You will need at least one of the following:

  • At least four GCSEs at grade 4 and above (A* to C) including a science-related subject
  • An overall Distinction in a Level 2 agriculture course or equivalent
  • Relevant prior learning or experience gained in a professional environment will be considered
  • Independent study skills are needed to be successful at this level

Career path

This course will prepare you for employment in roles such as stockperson, herdsperson, machinery operator or trials officer. Completion of the two year programme will allow you to progress to a range of higher education courses in agriculture or agricultural sciences.

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What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.