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Higher Apprenticeship in Agricultural Business Management


This programme provides the skills and competence to take on a managerial role within a farming business. You should already be working in agriculture and involved in making business decisions.

A range of pathways are available, including livestock, crops or mixed farming. At Newton Rigg this also includes upland farming.


The programme includes general business skills such as financial skills, staff and resource planning. Also enterprise-specific skills such as fertiliser planning, monitoring and evaluating crop management in addition to planning and evaluating livestock breeding and feeding programmes. All of the units require the learner to evidence and demonstrate their skills for the units selected in their own workplace.

The programme also includes a Level 4 Certificate in Project Management and if needed, Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English.

This course is studied part-time and takes 12-24 months. Learners follow a route that is appropriate to them and their job. This programme is studied on a combination of day-release and block-release from November to May.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have a Level 3 qualification in Agriculture and GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or equivalent qualifications, however people who have significant farming experience may also be suitable. In all cases you must be employed within a suitable agricultural businesses and be involved in decision making.

Further Study

You could go onto study a Degree in a related subject. You could also consider the FACTS and BASIS courses. We aim to create an appetite for learning that will keep you up to date and able to embrace new business and technological opportunities.

For further details please contact Paul Flynn on:

075 844 252 76

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400