Agriculture Courses at Derby College

Agriculture is one of our oldest but most forward-thinking industries. Whatever your role – agricultural contractor, livestock technician or farm assistant – you’ll be working in a highly skilled, professional environment.

Is this you?

  • An enjoyment of practical tasks
  • A reliable and responsible character
  • A willingness to work outdoors in all weathers
  • The ability to do hard physical work
  • Undeterred by dirty or unpleasant tasks
  • An awareness of health and safety
  • A commitment to working anti-social hours such as early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • An interest in science and technology

Getting into agriculture


  • Full time at College There is a range of full-time Agriculture courses offered at Derby College to help you progress on your career pathway.
  • Apprenticeships Derby College offers an intermediate and an advanced apprenticeship in Agriculture. These give you the chance to gain practical experience of agricultural work alongside a recognised qualification.
  • Higher education Most jobs within agriculture do not require a specific higher education qualification for entry. However, there are university level courses available including degrees or foundation degrees in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Crop Management and Agri-Business which could lead to roles in farm management or working for an advisory body such as DEFRA.
  • Jobs You can enter this sector with no qualifications in posts such as farm assistant or assistant gamekeeper. These roles usually provide ‘on the job’ training and, in some cases, the opportunity to work towards relevant qualifications. For many jobs, emphasis is placed on your skills, qualities and, importantly, any relevant experience you’ve had. You can gain this experience by taking a full-time course at College, by embarking on an apprenticeship or by undertaking voluntary work.

Why choose Derby College?

  • Our superb Broomfield Hall campus is a working estate with extensive farmland, rare livestock breeds and an equine centre.
  • You’ll benefit from work experience supporting the College farm and maintaining the estate using industry-standard equipment.
  • Our courses reflect the latest developments in modern farming, a highly skilled, technical and innovative operation.
  • We offer a full range of diplomas and apprenticeships, together with short specialist courses aimed at those already working in agriculture.
  • There are clear progression routes to help you advance to supervisory and management roles or to take university-level courses.

Agriculture isn’t all about muddy wellies, unsocial hours and manual graft. A Derby College course prepares you for a career combining latest technology and scientific advances with working in the great outdoors.


Derby College Course Listings - Agriculture


PT NPTC Level 2 Award in all terrain vehicle handling: Site Broomfield Hall

PT NPTC Level 2 Award in The Safe Use of Ride-On Mowers: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Award - Land-based Studies in Agriculture and Horticulture - Level 1 April start: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Diploma in Agriculture - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT FC - NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines : Site Broomfield Hall

PT FC - NPTC PA2 Boom Sprayer: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Lambing - An Introduction to Theory and Practical: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Level 1 Certificate in Land-based Studies in Agriculture and Horticulture - January start: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies in Agriculture and Horticulture - Level 1 September start: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Level 2 Diploma in Practical Agricultural Skills: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Level 2 Stocksperson Apprenticeship Standard: Site Workplace

FT Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture Management: Site Broomfield Hall

PT NPTC Award in Land Based Telescopic Fork Lift Truck Operations - Level 1: Site Broomfield Hall

PT NPTC Award in the Safe Use of Brush-cutters and Trimmers - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT NPTC Award in the Safe Use of Pedestrian Controlled Mowers - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT NPTC Award in the Transport of Animals by Road (Short Journeys) - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT NPTC Award in Tractor Driving and Related Operations - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT NPTC Level 2 Award Sit Astride All Terrain Vehicle: Site Broomfield Hall

PT NPTC PA1 Pesticide Foundation - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT NPTC PA6 Knapsack Application - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT NPTC PA6AW Knapsack Around Water Application: Site Broomfield Hall

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Animal Care, Horse Care, Conservation, Horticulture and Arboriculture are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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Tom Longdon

Tom Longdon

A career in farming

Agricultural contractor Tom Longdon says Derby College convinced him to stay in farming - and made it possible for him to afford essential qualifications. The 20-year-old took Agriculture at Level 2 and 3 at Broomfield Hall, while also passing five separate industry competency qualifications. From a farming background, Tom turned to Derby College after a job he had lined up as an apprentice mechanic fell through just days before he was due to start. His time at college gave him an insight into the "big world of work" including a valuable business module at Level 3. The training helped Tom, 20, launch his agricultural contracting business in 2015, while still at college, and he "kicked it off properly" last year. His dad has health problems and Tom also works on the 450 acre family beef farm at Trowell, Nottinghamshire.

Tom said the correct qualifications and paperwork were essential in modern day farming and he was only able to afford to gain them through college.

Derby College made me want to carry on farming and made it possible for me get my 'tickets' (NPTC competence qualifications). For instance, I'd looked into training for the telehandler (boom lift) and it would have cost £1,000. I wouldn't have been able to do it. But through the college, it cost £120 in total to sit the test. For most of your 'tickets', you get training as part of the course but you have to pay for be the test. It's a substantial saving. You have to get all your paperwork and tickets to get the best jobs.

Did you Know?

  • Agriculture employs over 460,000 people
  • There are about 220,00 agricultural holdings in the UK
  • Agriculture contributes £9 billion to the UK economy
  • The East Midlands has one of the country’s highest levels of employment for crop production
  • 71% of the UK’s total land area is used for agriculture

Examples of recent vacancies locally

Farm labourer
£16000 per year
Performing general duties on the farm

Agricultural engineer
£25,000+ per year.
Designing, installing and servicing machinery and equipment

Experienced farm manager
£32,000+ per year
Responsible for the day-to-day running of a major enterprise

Agricultural inspector
Up to £35,000 per year.
Responsible for ensuring standards and regulations in farming

Site Information

Broomfield Hall

Courses in this area are run at our Broomfield Hall campus. About Broomfield Hall »

Useful Websites
Advice from the sector skills council for the land-based and environmental sectors
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Accommodation for Learners

We offer residential accommodation at Broomfield Hall for DerbyCollege learners. Find Out More »


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