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New Courses & Support for Newton Rigg Students
From September 2021, we will be offering new courses in land-based studies & uniformed public services and are accepting Newton Rigg applications for the second year of study in four course areas.
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2 Years
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Land-Based Studies

New for September 2021, we will be offering specialist land-based education in Cumbria!

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Course Overview

This course will be taught in the Penrith area.

Level 3 Agriculture: What you need to know...
- Two-year course
- Equivalent to three A-Levels
- Created alongside employers
- Include an extended industry placement (315 hours minimum)
- Attracts UCAS points
- Supports progression into a skilled occupation; higher or degree-level apprenticeships; higher-level technical study, including university.

Agriculture, Food production and the associated industries are a vital part of the UK economy and of critical importance to the North West. UK farmers produce 60% of the food we eat and manage some of our most beautiful natural environments - you could be part of this vibrant sector at one of its most exciting times. A Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture will teach you how to protect soil, air and water, nurture livestock, cultivate crops and manage a farm business.

Our experienced staff will facilitate your learning through practical hands on experience complemented with theory. Our excellent links to Industry will allow you to discover the most up to date developments in the sector, be that in genetics, technology or information. This will prepare you for a range of carers in the Agricultural or Allied Industries.

In the first year, you will study the Level 3 Technical Diploma in Agriculture. Core units assessed by exam and synoptic assignment:
- Health and safety
- Plant and soil science
- Crops
- Land-based machinery
- Estate maintenance
- Livestock production

Assignment units:
- Business
- Beef
- Sheep
- Dairy

On successful completion of the first year of study learners can progress to the Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture (students can also follow an engineering pathway in year 2).

Core units assessed by exam and synoptic assignment (Livestock pathway):
- Farm Animal Science
- Animal Health and Nutrition
- Waste and Pollution
- ATV & Telehandler

Assignment units, (in the second year these units are focused on a business of their choosing):
- Grass
- Forage Crops.
- Farm Habitat Management
- Business Investigation Project
- Specialist project

The course will be studied as three days of content, which is around 50:50, practical : theory. Learning will be facilitated via:
- Lectures, experiments, dissections, visits and demonstrations.
- Two days in industry placement.
- Students also complete 315 hours of work experience per year, in a land based business, where they receive developmental feedback on their performance.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at level 4 or above (including English & Maths) or a level 2 diploma qualification in Agriculture.

Applicant with non-traditional routes into education (including adult returners and those with home schooling) may apply and your suitability will be assessed by interview and possible supporting written tasks.

Students are expected to have appropriate clothing for outdoor work and your own Personal Pratective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory. Travel to local sites for practical sessions is included, but you will be asked for a contribution for any optional trips or residentials.

After Your Course

Support progression into a skilled occupation; higher or degree-level apprenticeships; higher level technical study, including university.

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture study programme is eligible for UCAS points. Please check the UCAS website for more information.

The purpose of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture is to ensure students have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into skilled employment or higher level technical training relevant to the Level 3.

Students who achieve this qualification could progress to the following, depending on their chosen occupational specialism:

- Head stock person
- Head shepherd/herd manager
- Assistant farm manager
- Assist in running family farm
- Commercial sales rep
- Breeding advisor
- Trainee nutritionist
- Trainee agronomist



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/21
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with the intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low-income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course


The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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