Like the idea of working outdoors?
Want a job that’s fulfilling and satisfying? Like the idea of growing, cultivating and harvesting plants? If any of these appeal to you, then a career in agriculture might be for you!
Land-based and environmental is one of the UK’s most diverse and rewarding sectors.
- The environmental and land-based sector is dominated by very small businesses – 94 per cent employ fewer than five people.
- The South of England is home to a number of National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and many miles of Heritage Coast. The area also has some of the country’s most historic gardens and parks, and a large portion of England’s woodland.
- There are around 23,600 land-based businesses or organisations in the South West. Farming and food production are key to the local economy – this region produces three times as much food as the whole of Wales.
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths, science will help get you into this sector.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects.
- There are also specialist land based and agricultural colleges that offer relevant vocational courses and apprenticeships such as Wiltshire college, Bicton College in Devon and Sparsholt College in Hampshire
- At 18 you could do a higher education/degree level course at a specialist land based college or a specialist university such as Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students.
- However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
There are jobs in this sector where you can start with few qualifications and receive training on the job through an apprenticeship, and others such as an agricultural engineer where you have to do a degree or HND.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector visit the Sector Skills Council’s website at Lantra - careers
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancy available now related to agriculture, across England (you need to find a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you (there are other ways to look for an apprenticeship too).
- To find a vocational course related to agriculture at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find a university level course related to agriculture. You may also want to look at different degree titles such as sustainability and supply chains.
Do a free, short, online course to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)
Future Learn have lots of free, short, online courses that will improve your knowledge of this job sector and improve your chances of landing your dream job. Check out the available courses related to agriculture.
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