Agriculture (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Agriculture (RQF)

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BTEC Higher Nationals in Agriculture is an ideal choice for anyone wanting to start their career in the agricultural sector,  fast-track their existing career or learn more about the realities of managing and operating a livestock or arable farm, or working within the agricultural ancillary services supporting the agricultural industry. 

The purpose of these qualifications in Agriculture is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals, able to meet the demands of employers in the Agriculture sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. 

Pathways within this qualification

Download brochure buttonThis qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course. To help our you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Livestock Production
  • Crop Production
  • Rural Business Administration

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

Careers after a BTEC Higher Nationals in Agriculture

Typical jobs after HNC*

Typical jobs after HND*

Farm Enterprise Manager (Livestock and Crops), Assistant Farm Manager, Self Employed Contractor, Animal Health Officer, Retail Supervisor, Sales Representative, Agricultural Instructor, Laboratory Technician, Research Officer, Farm Administrator, Rural Events Coordinator, Land-based Promotions and Marketing Supervisor Farm Manager, Estates Director, Feed Nutritionist, Agricultural Lecturer (Management, Livestock and Mechanisation), Agricultural Secretary and Administrator, Human Resource Supervisor, Land-based Business Manager
*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements. 

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. We are proud to have developed our Pearson BTEC Higher National in Agriculture with experts from organisations, including: Landex, Farming Connect, National Farmers' Union (NFU) and the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators. 

Specific companies and industry bodies that have made formal statements of support and/or actively hire students who complete BTEC Higher National qualifications: 

  • Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators (IAgSA)
    IAgSA recognises BTEC HNs in Agriculture as being fit for purpose in supporting learners to specific job roles within the sector. Learn more (PDF, 58.9KB)

Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. We currently have agreements to top-up HNs to over 1200 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit our Pearson Degree Finder to find all the current articulations.


Where to study BTEC HNs in Agriculture?

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