Agriculture and Farm

Agricultural education is at the heart of Plumpton’s activities. The college farm and wider estate are used extensively to deliver the range of agriculture courses from level 1 introductory programmes, through to our foundation degree at level 4. The size and range of the farm enterprises means that there is always a good deal of real life practical work to get involved with. Agriculture students can expect a broad range of teaching methods from lectures and discussion to practical activities and can expect to be on the farm for at least half of their time developing practical skills and working alongside the farm staff as part of the farm routines. You will also get the opportunity to visit and work with other local farmers to complement your studies and help broaden your understanding of the farming industry. Lots of experienced staff and a friendly environment will all help to make your time at Plumpton a rewarding experience and prepare you for your future employment or further agricultural studies.


Full-time courses

Course Name Level
Land Based Studies (BTEC Level 1) FE(16+)
Agriculture (BTEC Level 2) FE(16+)
Agriculture (BTEC Level 3) FE(16+)
Dairy Husbandry (BTEC Level 3) FE(16+)
Agriculture Foundation degree HE(18+)

Part-time courses

Course Name Level
Farm Experience and Horticulture SC
Diploma in Work-Based Agriculture Level 2 WBL
Apprenticeship in Agriculture (Level 2) WBL
Advanced Apprenticeship in Agriculture (Level 3) WBL
Diploma in Work-Based Agriculture Level 3 WBL
Shearing for Beginners and Improvers SC
Hand Blade Sheep Shearing SC
Lambing - Practical SC
Sheep Handling - Practical SC
Pig Handling - Practical SC
Calf Handling - Practical SC
CowSignals® Training Course SC
Keeping Laying Hens at Home SC
Milk Processing SC
Soft Cheese Making SC
Hard Cheese Making SC
Butter/Clotted Cream Making SC
Yogurt Making SC
Ice Cream Making SC
Beekeeping Taster Day SC
Livestock Management SC
Forage Analysis and Winter Rationing SC
Rearing Poultry for the Table SC
Practical Poultry Processing SC
Welfare of Poultry, at the time of killing SC
Managing a Free Range Poultry Flock: FTP046 SC
Marketing and Legislation SC
Livestock Transport Short Journeys SC
Starting a business from your kitchen: BTP082 SC
Introduction to growing vegetables and marketing: FTP011 SC
Plan and Plant a Traditional Orchard: BTP036 SC
Fruit Tree Pruning and Orchard Management: FTP041 SC
Going Organic, how to Convert and Grant Opportunities: HOP044 SC
Stock Fencing: BTP038 SC
Practical Lamb Butchery: FTP017 SC
Practical Pork Butchery: FTP026 SC
Beef Butchery Demonstration: FTP003 SC
Lamb Butchery Demonstration: FTP043 SC
Pork Butchery Demonstration: FTP044 SC
Venison Butchery: FTP037 SC
Sausage Making: FTP034 SC
Bacon and Gammon Curing: FTP002 SC
Sausage Making and Bacon and Gammon Curing: FTP045 SC
Food Smoking: FTP010 SC
Hoof to Hook SC
Finishing Livestock SC
Agriculture Foundation degree HE(18+)
CIEH Certificate Level 3 Award in Food Saftey and Hygine SC
Introduction to Basic Beekeeping SC

Vocational Courses for Schools (14-16)

Course Name Level
BTEC Firsts in Agriculture 14-16
EDEXCEL BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Land-based Studies (Agriculture) 14-16
EDEXCEL BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Agriculture 14-16
NPTC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Agriculture (Specialist Learning for Diploma) 14-16
NPTC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Agriculture (Diploma Specialist Learning) 14-16
(Plumpton Explorer: Ivyland Farm) EDEXCEL BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Vocational Studies 14-16
(Plumpton Tracker: Ivyland Farm) EDEXCEL BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Land-based Studies 14-16