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
Foundation Degree in Agriculture HE(18+)
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+)

Part-time courses

Course Name Level
Foundation Degree in Agriculture HE(18+)
Farm Experience and Horticulture SC
Diploma in Work-Based Agriculture Level 2 WBL
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Agriculture (Level 2) WBL
Advanced Apprenticeship in Agriculture (Level 3) WBL
Shearing for Beginners and Improvers SC
Hand Blade Sheep Shearing SC
Lambing – Practical SC
Sheep Handling – Practical SC
Starting a Pig Herd SC
Pig Handling – Practical SC
Calf Handling – Practical SC
Cattle Foot Trimming SC
CowSignals® Training Course SC
Keeping Laying Hens at Home SC
Milk Processing NEW! SC
Soft Cheese Making SC
Hard Cheese Making SC
Butter and Clotted Cream Making SC
Yogurt Making SC
Ice Cream Making SC
Dairy Processing, Apprenticeship Level 2 NEW! (In development) WBL
Beekeeping Taster Day SC
Introduction to Beekeeping Theory at Plumpton or Stanmer SC
Practical Beekeeping for Beginners at Plumpton or Stanmer SC
Intermediate Beekeeping Skills SC
Post and Rail Fencing SC
Rearing Table Poultry SC
Sausage Making SC
Soil and Manure Management Plans SC
Stock Fencing SC
Free Range Hens – starting a poultry flock SC
On Farm Soft Cheese Processing (Practical and theory) 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