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Agriculture Level 2 (City and Guilds)


WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE FUTURE OF FARMING. Our agriculture provision at Newton Rigg is design to develop the knowledge of anyone with an interest in Agriculture. To study agriculture at Newton Rigg College you don’t have to be from a farming background, in fact students come from a variety of backgrounds and locations. Our Agriculture and Land Management courses give students the practical skills to care for livestock, crops and machinery. They also study the science of growing crops and raising animals. Students also explore agriculture as a business, and habitat management. To gain an understanding of how UK Agriculture can be sustained both economically and environmentally. We have invested heavily in our farm resources across our colleges and offer students the opportunity to put theory into practice and gain valuable experience on livestock farms, in upland and lowland terrains.



The farms include Sewborwens Farm is located on the Newton Rigg Campus and just a short distance away is Lower Beckside Farm, our hill farm in Mungrisdale.

Our farms are an integral part of each college; they are well equipped with a wide selection of machinery and facilities for both commercial and educational purposes. 

The College has invested in a brand new £2.2 million Dairy Unit at Newton Rigg’s Sewborwens Farm, which officially opened in March 2014.  A further investment of £400k was spent at the Upland Unit, Beckside Farm in Mungrisdale developing a state of the art sheep facility.



Celebrating 100% success on all Full time Agriculture courses at Newton Rigg in 2018 – 2019.

Situated next to the bustling market town of Penrith, and within a stones throw of The English Lakes, UNESCO World heritage site.  Newton Rigg is the ideal location for students wishing to live in a rural setting.  

Newton Rigg has excellent transport connections, sitting alongside the M6.  Penrith station on the West Coast Main line is well connected taking students North and East to Scotland and Newcastle. South bound trains link to all national rail travel.  15minutes away is Langwathby Station with connections to Settle and Leeds.

Course content.

  • Health and safety for the land-based industries 
  • Agricultural power units and machinery operation
  • Farm animal production, (Dairy, Beef, Sheep and Pigs).
  • Crop husbandry
  • Farm estate maintenance
  • Physiology of plants and animals
  • Working in the agricultural industry


  • Health and Safety exam.
  • Paper exam.
  • Synoptic Assignment – assessing their knowledge and skills practically and theoretically.
  • Work Experience portfolio.
  • Maths and English.

As part of the study programme students will continue to study Maths and English at Newton Rigg.



Students have to complete 315 hours of Work Experience on a farm alongside their study.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE's at Grade 3 (old GCSE Grade D) or above to include 2 from English, Maths and Science with at least a Grade 2 (old GCSE Grade E) in the remaining subject or Level 1 Diploma at Pass with English and Maths at Level 1

A keen interest in Agriculture.

Further Study

After successfully completing a Level 2 students may wish to continue their studies:

Level 3 - City and Guilds Technical Diploma in Agriculture.

Level 3 - Apprenticeship.

Level 3 - in a different subject area.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400