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Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Agriculture)

Agriculture and Sustainability
Agriculture and Sustainability
Agriculture and Sustainability

This highly practical course in agricultural studies is suitable for students with few formal qualifications who are looking to enter the land based sector. You will learn how to work safely, care for animals and maintain structures as well as gain first-hand experiences of working on and around farms. It is ideal for a career in this area.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, 4 days a week


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • Safe and effective working practices in land based industries
  • Develop performance in land based industries
  • Introduction to wildlife and conservation
  • Use transport and assist with maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Introduction to crop systems
  • Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals
  • Carry out tractor operations
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Assessment Method:

Short multiple choice examinations, plus a portfolio of evidence will be marked by an external examiner.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of 2 GCSEs at D - E / 3 – 2 Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3)

Additional Experience:

Life experiences will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto the Level 2 or, should they wish to, progress straight into the agricultural industry.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.

Specialist Equipment Needed

In addition to standard college equipment, students will need steel toe-capped boots, wellington boots, waterproof clothing and a Hadlow College t-shirt and overalls.

Available Clothing

Agriculture Body Warmer

Agriculture Jacket

Agriculture Sweatshirt

Agriculture Polo Shirt

Agriculture Boiler Suit

Land-Based Technology Rugby Shirt

Land-Based Technology Sweatshirt

Land-Based Technology Polo Shirt

Land-Based Technology Boiler Suit

I’ve always wanted to work in the agricultural sector and, when I looked at Hadlow College, I fell in love with it. They offer a really wide curriculum and no two days are the same. Being at College is great. You get to meet lots of different people and try new things (for example earlier this year I ploughed for the first time). The tutors are also always there to talk to and you are treated much more like an adult; studying subjects you want to study with hands-on experience rather than lots of classroom-based writing. When I’ve finished this course I really want to progress onto the next level to extend my knowledge of farming. The skills I’ve gained have given me a greater understanding of agriculture and I am sure will help me in the future get a job.

Liam Tovey


  • 270 hectare fully functioning commercial farm with an additional 40 hectares of grazing land
  • 130 cow award-winning dairy herd with fully functioning dairy unit
  • 600 breeding sheep producing prime butcher's lamb
  • 2 commercial farm shops
  • Intensively managed grass leys, pastures and forage crop
  • Maize, wheat, oilseed rape and other crops grown on a commercial basis
  • Beef unit
  • Laboratories for soil, plant, and animal science

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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