Level 1 | Electively Home Educated & School Link

This is a fantastic, varied and exciting introductory course, ideal for those with an interest in farming who would like to gain further experience in agriculture. You will learn practical skills and agricultural theory, working on our college farm as well as visiting other farms for a variety of farming methods. 

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules including:

  • Farm animal movement
  • Farm animal health and welfare
  • Introduction to farm animal husbandry
  • Introduction to health & safety
  • Tractor operations.

Course details

Dates & Location

September 2024


2 years part time

1 day per week

Entry Requirements

School Students

  • Applicants must be 14 years of age or older by 31st August of the year of applying.
  • A service level agreement must be agreed and signed between the college and participating school before learners can be enrolled.
  • The school must be in agreement with the application and agree to pay the fees.

Electively Home Educated 

  • Students must have been out of education and home schooled for at least 6 months prior to enrolling.
  • Applicants must be 14 years of age or older by 31st August of the year of applying.
Anna Nye, Student

Anna Nye

Level 1 Land-based Studies: Agriculture

I am from a non-farming background, but have worked with horses for many years.  I had the opportunity to work at a local farm during lambing season.  I found it so interesting and exciting that I decided I wanted to learn more and broaden my knowledge of agriculture.

I love how practical our lessons are.  We are able to be involved in a wide variety of different activities ranging from driving tractors to herding sheep on the South Downs.  Our tutors are very encouraging and always help us to achieve our full potential.  We have small class sizes which enable us to have lots of fun and learn at the same time!

For years 12 and 13 I aim to carry on at Plumpton College full time studying Level 3 Agriculture.  At the moment I’m interested in going to University and sheep farming, but one of the amazing things about agriculture is how many different career options there are so my plans could change.  One thing is for certain, and that is that coming to Plumpton College has made me 100% sure that I want a career in agriculture.

Future Opportunities

  • Students usually come into college at age 14 and are on a two year programme. On successful completion of this they are then in a position to apply for a place on the 16+ full time study programmes.  Towards the end of the second year this is discussed with students as part of the progression tutorials.
  • On applying for a 16+ course students will be required to attend an interview for the course and will be processed as a new applicant.
  • Once students are a 16+ course, they are also in a position to apply for bursaries to support learning, travel etc. 

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