For a career in Agriculture, our courses will help you to develop skills and knowledge in a range of associated subjects, such as Livestock, Grassland and Crop Production and Farm Management.

The farm at Glynllifon is managed on a commercial basis, but we also work in conjunction with institutions such as Bangor University to establish projects and farm trials.

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Top career opportunities

Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture

Average salary: £27,227
Experienced salary: £50,586

Farm workers

Average salary: £20,384
Experienced salary: £27,269

Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations

Average salary: £17,493
Experienced salary: £23,317

Top jobs in sector

  • Managers and directors in retail and wholesale
    What does this career do?

    Retail and wholesale managers and directors plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the operations of major retail and wholesale establishments in order to maximise business performance and meet financial goals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £23,254 per year. That is about £1,937 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,058 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £49,629 per year.

  • Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture
    What does this career do?

    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.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £27,227 per year. That is about £2,268 per month, or £13 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,075 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £50,586 per year.

  • Managers and proprietors in forestry, fishing and related services
    What does this career do?

    Managers and proprietors in this unit group plan, organise and co-ordinate the activities and resources of forestry, fishing, animal husbandry and related operations and establishments.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £28,850 per year. That is about £2,404 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,614 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £50,565 per year.

  • Shopkeepers and proprietors – wholesale and retail
    What does this career do?

    Shopkeepers and proprietors in this unit group co-ordinate, direct and undertake the activities in the running of small, independent retail and wholesale establishments.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,397 per year. That is about £2,116 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,746 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £47,653 per year.

  • Biological scientists and biochemists
    What does this career do?

    Biological scientists and biochemists examine and investigate the morphology, structure, chemistry and physical characteristics of living organisms, including their inter-relationships, environments and diseases.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £37,648 per year. That is about £3,137 per month, or £18 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £23,275 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £57,928 per year.

  • Engineering professionals
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group perform a variety of professional engineering functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 212: Engineering Professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £37,523 per year. That is about £3,126 per month, or £18 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £22,526 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £57,325 per year.

  • Chartered surveyors
    What does this career do?

    Chartered surveyors conduct surveys related to the measurement, management, valuation and development of land, natural resources, buildings, other types of property, and infrastructure such as harbours, roads and railway lines.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £35,568 per year. That is about £2,964 per month, or £17 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,965 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £55,994 per year.

  • Laboratory technicians
    What does this career do?

    Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 4 NVQ; Intermediate, DipHE, DipFE

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £20,114 per year. That is about £1,676 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £14,768 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £30,077 per year.

  • Engineering technicians
    What does this career do?

    Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £29,598 per year. That is about £2,466 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,926 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £44,678 per year.

  • Business sales executives
    What does this career do?

    Business sales executives provide advice to existing and potential customers, and receive orders for specialist machinery, equipment, materials and other products or services that require technical knowledge.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,522 per year. That is about £2,126 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,101 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £51,043 per year.

  • Estate agents and auctioneers
    What does this career do?

    Estate agents and auctioneers arrange for the valuation, sale, purchase, rental and leasing of property on behalf of clients.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £19,843 per year. That is about £1,653 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £13,333 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,813 per year.

  • Public services associate professionals
    What does this career do?

    Public services associate professionals supervise, manage and undertake general administrative work in national and local government departments, organise the activities of local offices of national government departments, and promote the image and understanding of an organisation and its products and services to consumers and other specified audiences.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £36,462 per year. That is about £3,038 per month, or £18 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £25,854 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £51,854 per year.

  • Inspectors of standards and regulations
    What does this career do?

    Inspectors of standards and regulations undertake investigations and inspections to verify and ensure compliance with acts, regulations and other requirements in respect of: buildings; weights, measures and trade descriptions; the installation and safety of electrical, gas and water supplies and equipment; marine pollution, ships’ structures, equipment and accommodation; the treatment of animals; the operation of commercial vehicles; the welfare, health and safety in factories and all work sites subject to the provisions in the Factory Acts.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £29,806 per year. That is about £2,483 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,320 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £44,533 per year.

  • Farmers
    What does this career do?

    Farmers and related occupations cultivate arable crops, fruits and trees, and raise cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and other livestock for consumption.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £24,294 per year. That is about £2,024 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,406 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £33,758 per year.

  • Horticultural trades
    What does this career do?

    Horticultural trades workers intensively cultivate vegetables, plants, fruit, shrubs, trees and flowers in greenhouses, market gardens, nurseries and orchards.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £18,866 per year. That is about £1,572 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,974 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £26,957 per year.

  • Agricultural and fishing trades
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of agricultural and fishing tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 511: Agricultural and Related Trades.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £23,483 per year. That is about £1,956 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,469 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,133 per year.

  • Metal working production and maintenance fitters
    What does this career do?

    Metal working production and maintenance fitters erect, install and repair electrical and mechanical plant and industrial machinery, fit and assemble parts and sub-assemblies in the manufacture of metal products and test and adjust new motor vehicles and engines.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £30,347 per year. That is about £2,528 per month, or £15 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,762 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £47,674 per year.

  • Agricultural machinery drivers
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group operate and drive tractors, combine harvesters or other farm vehicles to clear and cultivate land and to sow and harvest plants and crops.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £19,781 per year. That is about £1,648 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,392 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £29,141 per year.

  • Farm workers
    What does this career do?

    Farm workers perform a variety of tasks, by hand and machine, to produce and harvest crops and to breed and rear cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £20,384 per year. That is about £1,698 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,285 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £27,269 per year.

  • Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations
    What does this career do?

    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 not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 911: Elementary Agricultural Occupations.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £17,493 per year. That is about £1,457 per month, or £8 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,059 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £23,317 per year.

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