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Level 1 Land-based Diploma in Agriculture and Horticulture – September start

The Diploma in Land-based Studies in Agriculture and Horticulture is an introductory Level 1 qualification which is focused on themes such as animal husbandry and estates maintenance.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Agriculture
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 1
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

The Diploma in Land-based Studies in Agriculture and Horticulture is an introductory Level 1 qualification.

The course is a good introduction to a career in the land-based industry, with special emphasis on agriculture or horticulture. It gives you the chance to gain skills in areas such as animal husbandry and estates maintenance. As well as learning about the land-based industry, you will develop your literacy and numeracy skills.

You should have grades 1-2 (E-G) at GCSE and a sound interest in agriculture or horticulture.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview, but not the initial assessment.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into account your previous experience in your chosen subject.

The course will cover:

• Using safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
• Developing performance in land-based industries
• Using transport and assisting with maintenance of tools and equipment
• Assisting with the care of animals
• Assisting with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals
• Carrying out tractor operations
• Introduction to crop systems

There is also a work experience element, where you need to do 70 hours of work experience either in agriculture or horticulture.

You will also work towards Functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and IT (if you do not have these at GCSE grade C/4 or above).

You will also have the opportunity to complete a tractor driving NPTC test. The test fee only will be payable, with all the training being included in the course.

This course will be delivered on-site at Broomfield Hall.

You will be required to supply your own:

• Steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons
• Derby College Group overalls (these will be available to purchase at enrolment)
• Derby College Group uniform
• Outdoor clothing
• Writing materials

Assessments are carried out using a series of practical tasks and questions. There will also be some written assignment work and tests. You will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence.

In addition to this, there are safe working practices and employability skills exams, both of which are multiple choice.

If you do well in your studies, it may be possible to progress to a Level 2 programme in Agriculture or Horticulture.

Derby College Group also offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Agriculture and Horticulture as well as a wide range of other land-based topics – please see the Derby College Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture and Horticulture


Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture and Horticulture

Fishing and Other Elementary Agriculture Occupations


Fishing and Other Elementary Agriculture Occupations

Farm Workers


Farm Workers





Horticultural Trades


Horticultural Trades

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 26, 2024 3:59 pm