Is it for me?

To work in this sector, you will need to be able to use your own initiative, be confident in making decisions and communicate well. You will also need to have an interest in animal husbandry and growing crops. Good organisational and project management skills are essential, as is being able to work well in a team.

Our facilities

You will study this subject full time at Kirkley Hall Campus and will have access to our working farm at Kirkley Hall in Ponteland and tractor and machinery work shops with farm machinery and equipment.

Career ready

We work with the following employers to help you gain real work skills: Broomfield Farm, Oak Dean Farm, Crescent Farm.

Have you seen our excellent facilities?

We have some of the best facilities for agriculture students including:

  • Tractor and arboriculture machinery workshops with farm machinery and equipment

  • A working farm at Kirkley Hall in Ponteland

Expert & friendly support


pass rate on our agriculture, horticulture and animal care courses


There will be 22,750 jobs in land-based occupations in the region in 2027 (NE).

Careers could include: Soil Scientist, Agricultural Scientist, Agricultural Engineer, Stockman, Shepherd/Shepherdess, Hydrologist. 

There are 3,855 Farm Workers employed in our local region and they earn £16,224 a year.

Fishing and Other Elementary Agriculture Occupations

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of tasks in relation to the breeding and rearing of animals and fish, catch fish at sea and from inland waterways, assist in the picking and lifting of crops, plant and maintain hedges, oversee the incubation and hatching of eggs and perform other fishing and elementary agricultural tasks.

Medium Salary

£ 22131

594 people employed as Fishing and Other Elementary Agriculture Occupations in the current year.

Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture and Horticulture

Managers and proprietors in this unit group plan, organise and co-ordinate the activities and resources of farming establishments cultivating arable crops, fruits, trees and shrubs, and/or raising cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. Managers and proprietors in horticulture oversee the production of plants for wholesale and/or retail.

Medium Salary

£ 30398

559 people employed as Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture and Horticulture in the current year.