Farmer

Alternative titles for this job include Farm manager

Farmers and farm managers grow crops and raise livestock for food production.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

How to become a farmer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • agriculture
  • land management
  • farm business management
  • crop and livestock production

Courses and qualifications are available through agricultural colleges as well as universities.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

You could start your career in farming by doing a course at agricultural college like:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Land-based Activities
  • Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture

This would teach you some of the skills and knowledge needed in this job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role through an advanced apprenticeship in agriculture.

This will usually take 18 months to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

You could do a higher apprenticeship in agricultural business management if you already have a lot of farming experience.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You can get valuable experience and move into farm management by working as a supervisor, dairy or arable unit manager, or assistant manager.

You could also take qualifications on the job like the Level 4 Certificate in Work-based Agricultural Management.

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Further information

You can find more on farming careers from Tasty Careers and the National Land Based College.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • planning how the farm will run
  • setting budget and production targets
  • buying and selling animals or produce
  • keeping financial and stock records
  • recruiting, training and supervising staff

Working environment

You could work in an office or on a farm.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into related areas, like agricultural advisory work for government bodies, consultancy or training.

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture

  • Provider: Writtle University College
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