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Agricultural Science Technical Extended Diploma

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 3 Agriculture & Countryside Management

This course is designed in partnership with industry to prepare you for a management career role in a farm or agricultural unit. The course is an excellent alternative to A-levels, allowing you to gain specialist skills and knowledge in the sector, while preparing you for university study if that is the route you choose to take.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You wish to develop your understanding of technical and scientific aspects of food, farming and the countryside and are keen to progress to university and a science related career, for example in animal nutrition, breeding and genetics, animal health and welfare, environmental science or artisan food processing or brewing.

You’ll need:

Five GCSEs at grade C or 5, including English, maths and science.

You’ll learn:

About the science and physiology of animals and plants. You’ll also develop analytical and practical skills and learn how to apply them in agriculture and land-based context.


To gain a wide variety of experience and be in college for three to four days per week. Assessment includes both coursework and exams.

You’ll love:

The high quality teaching, facilities and campus and being surrounded by like minded, ambitious students.

You’ll go on to:

University study at Bicton College, Duchy College or university courses elsewhere in the UK and abroad.


Agriculture & Countryside Management
Food Technology & Production
Agriculture & Countryside Management
Agriculture & Countryside Management



Start Date

September 2020




2 Years full-time


Rob Dunn Curriculum Lead - Food, Farming & Land-use

Rob has worked at a number of land-based colleges around the UK and is now the curriculum lead for Food, Farming and Land-use. Rob presents a weekly farming show for a Cornish radio station and is a judge for the British Farming Awards.

“The food and farming industry offers fantastic
opportunities for skilled workers, technicians, managers
and leaders of the future. There are also some real
challenges ahead, not least of which will be to feed a
rapidly growing world population and mitigate the
impact of climate change.”

Agriculture & Countryside Management

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.