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City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma Land-based Studies (Agriculture)

City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma Land-based Studies (Agriculture)

About the course

The Level 1 Diploma provides an introduction into agriculture, with a focus on the care, health and management of livestock and crops and an introduction to machinery operations. The aim of the course is to develop the basic practical skills that are required on a farm this will be through a series of practical and written assessments.

This is a popular course with school leavers who have an interest in the outdoors.

Course modules

Year 1

Develop performance in land-based industries

Introduction to crop systems

Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries

Use transport and assist with maintenance of tools and equipment

Carry out tractor operations

Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals

Assist with the care of animals

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Students are normally aged 16 or over, academic qualifications are not essential, but some level of ability in Maths and English is important along with a keen interest in the subject. Some practical knowledge of agriculture is desirable.

Learning and assessment

Assessments will include assignments and practical work. There will also be an online test.


On successful completion of this course the student may progress onto a Level 2 course at College, a Level 2 apprenticeship or enter the industry


Assistant farm-workers

Agricultural supply business assistants

Special requirements

Specialist Clothing and Equipment: Steel toe-capped boots/wellington boots. Protective overalls, waterproof coat and leggings, hi visibility vest and work gloves.

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Steel toe-capped boots or wellington boots – approx. £25

Protective overalls – approx. £25

Waterproof coat and leggings – approx. £50

Hi visibility bib – approx. £10

Costs that are optional for the course:

There may be an opportunity to travel on study tours in the UK and day trips to shows and farms.

Our own dairy cows
Our own dairy cows


Myerscough College is one of the leading institutions for Agriculture in the UK. Our courses will help prepare you for a career in the industry, by combining relevant background skills with the knowledge of crop and livestock technology as well as business enterprise.

There is currently a significant demand for highly trained and well educated professionals to enter the industry. This has been fuelled by the increasing awareness that food production, farming, tourism, the environment and rural affairs are all interconnected.

Nicola Chappelhow
Nicola Chappelhow

They say: Nicola Chappelhow

"Myerscough gave me a great understanding of different types of agriculture and set me up nicely for my job as a milk recorder."


Oliver McEntyre.jpg
Oliver McEntyre.jpg

Alumni – Oliver McEntyre

To anyone looking to study Agriculture or Countryside at Myerscough College, I’d say go, embrace it & leave with the knowledge that the qualification will stay with you for the rest of your career and open doors that might not have been opened without the time and experience Myerscough offers.

Meet Oliver