Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering at Sparsholt

We can't wait to welcome you to Sparsholt College in September! 

As a new student you will have the opportunity to gain valuable skills, whether that's working with farm livestock, carrying out fieldwork or in the workshops.  This experience makes Sparsholt graduates well placed to progress into Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering roles.

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering at Sparsholt College is like. Scroll down to watch the playlist of videos we created which will introduce you to some activities you may take part in during your studies at Sparsholt  College.

Remember, we are on facebook and love posting about our students, their achievements and our beautiful campus so be sure to give us a like and a follow.  You can also contact us on 

At Sparsholt we also offer a lot of support to you during your time at college including Careers guidance and Health and Wellbeing advice. 


Here is a presentation about some of the units on our Level 3 Agricultural Engineering course and photos of the students who were on it!

NEW: Visit our campus virtually! 

Join our expert lecturers on an exclusive guided tour across Sparsholt College's industry standard facilities and state-of-the-art equipment!

For our Agriculture students try these Land-based learner packs:

Properties of Soil will help you to understand the following:

  • The main soil types
  • How soil is formed
  • The components of soil
  • The properties of soil

Soil Structure covers the following topics:

  • The effect of soil structure on soil fertility
  • The importance of organic matter
  • Different soil textures and how to identify them
  • What is meant by the pH value of the soil

For our  Level 3 Agriculture students watch the video below and answer the questions.  You can submit your answers to

Safely Injecting Cattle

The video below is aimed at all Agriculture students:

AHDB Making Grass Silage for Better Returns

Industry Work Placements

As part of our Level 3 qualifications (that is Level 3 Advanced Certificate, Diploma & Extended Diploma qualifications) full-time students aged 16-19 will complete a work placement with an industry-specific external employer or voluntary organisation.

Industry work placements provide students with opportunities to:

  • Apply the knowledge learned at college to the workplace
  • Increase confidence as skills are developed
  • Develop communication, team work and problem-solving skills
  • See how a business operates in the real world
  • Identify key technical strengths and skills you will need at work
  • Test your career choices and aspirations
  • Line up an employer reference and achieve an additional college certificate for future use

One dedicated placement day per week will form a part of our students’ weekly timetable across the academic year. Our Industry Work Placement team will be here to support and guide you through this process from start to finish. We will also be hosting classroom sessions through the year in order to monitor progress and completion of timesheets and learner journals.  

Get ahead of the rest and get your work placement sorted before you start your course with us. If you have any questions about this or would like assistance with your work placement search then please email the team - and we would be happy to help.

The presentation below outlines in more detail the process for IWP, introduces you to the team and has a list of Frequently Asked Questions as well as giving you the documents you will need to start your IWP journey.

University Centre Sparsholt 

Did you know that Sparsholt also offers higher education including foundation degrees, degrees and masters courses in a variety of different areas! 

University Centre Sparsholt is the perfect place to take your education further in the interesting and varied fields of Conservation and Wildlife Management, Animal/Zoo Biology, Fishery and Aquatics, Equine Science and Performance management or Veterinary Nursing Science! 

New for 2020 are our FdSc and BSc degrees in Agriculture

Take a look at our website for more information and 2021 prospectus here. 

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Our Courses: 

Agricultural Engineering Level 2 Technical Certificate

Agricultural Engineering Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma

Agriculture Level 1

Agriculture Level 2 Technical Certificate

Agriculture with Options Level 3

In the News!

Take a look at this story about our previous Agricultural Engineering student Grace now trainee Agricultural Machinery Technician with C&O Tractors Ltd at their Wilton branch in Salisbury!

Article here.


Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Sparsholt College! 

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Careers Hub

Our Careers Hub is in the College library so come and say hello to the team when you join us in September! 

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Student wellbeing and support 

At Sparsholt College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

Social Media 

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!

Not already applied?

Got this link but not yet applied? Click below so you can join us in September!

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