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Agriculture

This exciting and ever-changing industry needs talented, flexible people who are ready to take on a challenge. Every day is likely to be different and we need people that can problem solve.

Get Industry Ready

You may or may not have any previous experience in farming and this qualification could be the gateway to over 200 careers that are available in UK agriculture.

Real Experience

You will have the chance to gain experience at the college farm as well as gain valuable industry experience with a range of guest speakers and educational visits.

Agriculture learners in a field with tutor looking at crops.

Build your career in
Agriculture

Growing or rearing food on an industrial scale takes a lot of skill and dedication, helped along by technology and science. In fact 70% of the jobs in the agricultural industry involve science, engineering or technology, everything from GPS, to drones and even robots. If you’re ambitious, there is real scope to progress in this industry.

Most jobs involve the outdoors in some way and it is a good match for people who like hands on practical work. Whichever area of the industry you choose you are likely to operate machinery of some kind, many of which use cutting-edge technology. Most importantly there are real opportunities to specialise and develop your skills as time goes on. You will have the chance to gain experience at the college farm aswell as gain valuable industry experience with a range of guest speakers and educational visits.

Two sheep at the Suffolk Rural Farm.
Drone photo of agriculture students who have cut the letters SNC into crops.

Facilities at Suffolk Rural

We have a wide range of agricultural machinery that learners utilise to carry out all farm operations across 95 acres of grassland, mixed cropping and environmental areas

Excellent workshop facilities which includes welding and fabrication areas and also the ability to carry out service work by the learners on our own fleet of machines

Our recently updated livestock facility which house our rare breed Red Poll cattle and allows indoor lambing of our Lleyn sheep

Learners are able to work with our chickens and Oxford Sandy and Black pigs

Careers in Agriculture

Help & Support

Moving from school to college can be something of a culture shock. But at Suffolk New College we’ve created a supportive, social environment where you can easily get access to the help and advice you need, make new friends and get the most out of your time with us.

Two learners sitting in the learning curve reading books.

Employer Engagement & Visits

As part of their course our learners meet with local agriculture employers, visit both arable and livestock farms and attend a range of industry events such as LAMMA, Does Show and the Cereals Show.

Book a Taster Event and come visit us!

Come and visit us on one of our college Taster Events, where you can find out more about our courses, check out our facilities and speak to current learners and staff.

A photo of the Suffolk Rural campus at dusk