Level 3 Agriculture (2 Years)

Careers, not just courses

In 2017, 100% of our students successfully passed their qualification.

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BMC has a rich heritage as a leading provider of agricultural courses in the East Midlands. For generations, students have gained excellent experience on our 850 acre Brooksby estate, getting hands-on training in every aspect of farming.

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: 2 Years (Full Time)
  • Location: Brooksby
  • Fees: This course is fully funded for school leavers.

Your future

The vocational delivery of our courses enables you to get the very best out of your time at BMC. You will leave us ‘work ready’, having developed a great-skill set in arable agriculture and livestock, by learning the theory in practice, with real crops and real animals.

Our courses cover a range of specialist areas such as livestock breeding and nutrition, managing environments, crop production and land management. There is also an opportunity to develop your understanding of plant and soil science, and to learn business management within the land-based industries.

Our Agriculture students have the opportunity to enter regional and national competitions, as well as attending high profile events, such as the Uppingham and Melton Fat Stock Shows, and other livestock events.

We also have very good links with the industry; our Agriculture students have gone on to work as shepherds, herdsmen, tractor operators, agricultural representatives, estates managers and teachers.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English, or Level 2 Agriculture and Level 1 Functional Skills

If you miss the English and/or Maths requirements of your course, don’t worry – there are options. See our GCSE English and Maths page for more information.


  • Livestock Breeding and Nutrition
  • Managing Environments
  • Crop Production
  • Livestock Production
  • Land Management


  • Our own flock of sheep, herd of cows and pedigree prize-winning pigs.
  • The Brooksby Estate has its own mixed-use farm, so you’ll gain experience of both arable and livestock farming.
  • Benefit from working with other courses and their facilities, such as Animal Care, Countryside Management and Land-Based Service Engineering.
  • On-site accommodation for Level 3 Agriculture students.

Enrichment Activities

  • Participate in events such as the Lincolnshire County Show, with the chance to show the college’s pedigree Lleyn sheep and pigs.
  • Attend events like LAMMA to see the latest machine technology.
  • Visit dairy farms to understand the practices used in rotary milking.
  • Take an industry-relevant short course alongside your full-time qualification, such as PA1 and PA2 Pesticides Qualification.
  • Learn about sustainable farming with ecology and the environment, by managing the set-aside land and field margins as part of the HLS Countryside Stewardship.

Leicester Tigers Rugby Pathway

If you are a keen rugby player you will have the opportunity to train with Leicester Tigers throughout your Level 3 Agriculture course. There are two possible Rugby pathways, depending on your ability level:

  1. You can be part of the AASE Leicester Tigers Academy. This pathway includes 8-10 hours of training per week, including strength and conditioning. Students who are selected by Leicester Tigers for this pathway will play in the top college rugby league.
  2. If you are not selected for the AASE pathway, you still have the opportunity to train for 5-6 hours per week with Leicester Tigers community coaches and play friendly matches. This pathway is open to any Level 3 Agriculture students who are keen rugby players.

If you are interested in pursuing either of these pathways alongside your Level 3 Agriculture qualification, please make this clear in your personal statement.


Accommodation is available to Level 2 & 3 Agriculture students.

Would you like to start a course at BMC in September, but are struggling with the distance? Our on-site, 16-18 fully-catered accommodation at our Brooksby Campus could be the perfect solution!

If you would like to find out more about our accommodation offer:

T: 01664 855 444

E: accommodation@brooksbymelton.ac.uk

Visit Us

If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not come along to our next Brooksby Campus Open Event?

This is a fantastic way for you to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at BMC. You will get to meet our industry-expert teaching staff, tour our fantastic facilities and find out everything you need to know about courses at BMC.

For a list of our upcoming events, click here.

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