BTEC Level 1 Diploma

Apply for 2023

Agriculture Level 1 is designed for School Leavers or Students wanting to progress onto our Level 2 programmes in the future.

You will normally spend between 2 and 3 days in College with the remainder of your time available for work experience. The programme is at level 1 and is available in three options which allows you to develop your practical agricultural skills and give you the flexibility to study at a pace most suitable to you.

What’s covered?

Here are some of the areas covered throughout the year:

  • A1- Being organised
  • A2 – Developing a progression plan
  • A3 – Working with others
  • A4 – Researching a topic
  • LBS5 - Finding out about the land-based sector
  • LBS6 - Caring for and feeding animals
  • LBS7 - Moving and accommodating animals
  • LBS8 – Growing plants
  • LBS11 – Using land-based machinery
  • LBS12 – Preparing soil for planting

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Course details

Dates & Location

September 2023


1 year

3 days per week


If you will be over 19 on the start date of your course you maybe required to pay tuition fees. Please contact to confirm.

Entry Requirements

  • You’ll need to have achieved 1 or more GCSEs between Grade 2-1 (previous grade structure E-G) or another related Entry Level 3 qualification
  • Completion of the Rural Pathways programme and a strong interest in agriculture
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course in another area

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

While I was at Plumpton I soon found that I was particularly interested in dairy farming. In my middle year I had the chance to truly hone my skills as part of a farming business, which has certainly made me more employable.

Holly Morris

Student, Level 3 in Agriculture

Future Opportunities

This course gives you a fantastic start to your agricultural career. You’ll be able to choose whether to go on to complete a Level 2 programme or a traineeship, working towards gaining a full apprenticeship.


Course Programme

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You’ll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include:

  • Farm Animal Movements
  • Farm Animal Health & Welfare
  • Introduction to Farm Animal Husbandry
  • Introduction to Health & Safety
  • Tractor Driving

Indicative Programme Content

  • Assist with the maintenance of equipment
  • Maintain the safety of self and others
  • Assist with movement of animals
  • Assist with preparing livestock accommodation
  • Assist with monitoring livestock outdoors
  • Assist with animal accommodation
  • Care of farm animals
  • Farm animal heath
  • Assist with basic operation of a tractor
  • Understanding soils
  • Self management skills
  • Working in a team
  • English & Maths

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