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Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Agriculture)

Agriculture and Sustainability
Agriculture and Sustainability
Agriculture and Sustainability

The College’s excellent land-based facilities are used extensively throughout the duration of this course, which ensure our students develop good vocationally practical and employability skills. This course is designed to allow students interested in a career in the rural sector to develop the confidence, ability and skills they need whilst studying or working.
Students are able to access a range of additional learning support, based on need and well supported through the use virtual learning resources. A range of employability skills will be developed whilst on the course including practical skills, communication, and land-based specific knowledge, and development of ICT skills. Students will also get the opportunity to carry out a work placement block week at Princess Christian’s Farm and in the lambing sheds.
The course structure is a mixture of land-based subjects, students can select optional modules depending on their vocational interests. The course will make use of the College farms. The course is aimed at someone who wants to either gain employment in the Agriculture industry or progress onto another higher level Agriculture course.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, full-time


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

The following are examples of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course:
• Safe and effective working practices.
• Develop performance in land-based industries.
• Work experience and employability skills.
• Transportation and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
• Maintenance of structures and surfaces
• Movement handling and accommodation of animals.
• Tractor operations
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Assessment Method:

The course is delivered through a range of practical sessions using the farm facilities such Blackmans Dairy and Faulkner Farm. There are some classroom based sessions. Assessment is though a range of styles including practical assessments, photographic and video evidence logs, workbooks and written assignments.

Entry Requirements:

You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at D-E / 3-2 Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3).

Progression Routes:

Once completed students can progress onto a Level 2 qualification.

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 Sweatshirt

Agriculture Polo Shirt

Agriculture Boiler Suit

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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