Sector skills: Land-based sectors

Our sector champion for the land-based sector is Plumpton College. Here they give us more information about the opportunities available and training provided at their college.

The land based sector is in huge demand, with 595,000 new entrants needed in the sector in the UK in the next 10 years. With a high level of technical skills required, students can expect better paid roles being available and better career prospects.

Plumpton is a vocational college and we deliver courses which focus on the subjects within the land based sector, for example Adventure Sport & Education, Animal Management, Environmental Studies & Conservation, Equine, Floristry, Forestry & Arboriculture, Horticulture, Metalsmithing, Veterinary Nursing are just some of the 19 curriculum area available.

A tractor in a ploughed field

Students study their passion at Plumpton College and courses can lead students to a diverse range of HE or career paths, including a ranger, florist, zoologist, mechanic, blacksmith, vet, biologist.

Our students have an employability rate of over 90% with many having the pick of the jobs due to the high demand for new entrants.

Work experience is a compulsory part of our study programmes and offers fantastic opportunities to experience the real world of work and make links with the industry.

Visit the Student Successes page and watch the video below to hear from a selection of students about studying at Plumpton College.

Plumpton College

Plumpton College is an agricultural college offering courses covering the land sector

About Plumpton College

Originally opened in 1926 as an agricultural college, Plumpton College has grown to become one of the leading providers in land based education. Since the original College farm was bought back in 1919, Plumpton College has certainly seen a lot of changes.

The college sits within 800 hectares of land, therefore enabling us to bring our students a strong level of facilities and an amazing space to study in. Our farm, Lamberts Farm, is the 2nd largest commercial college farm and is also Red Tractor & LEAF accredited.

At Stanmer Park in Brighton you will find our specialist horticulture 'centre of excellence' which opened to students last year. Newly developed the grounds feature brand new classrooms, planting spaces and an incredibly restored Victorian Walled Garden. Known as One Garden Brighton which opened to the public as a visitor attraction at Easter this year.

Plumpton College Logo

The main campus is nestled in the stunning surroundings of the Downs just outside of Plumpton Village in East Sussex. We are very much on the border of East and West Sussex and therefore within reach of schools across a broad area. We are just over 9 miles from Brighton, there are a number of travel options and students can use the extensive bus service and we also have 200 students living on-site in our Ofsted rated fantastic accommodation.

The College continues to invest in its facilities and building has just begun on the new Agri Food project which will house our Bakery, Butchery and Fishmongery Apprenticeships, new study areas, a conference facility and much more.

We welcome more than 1,000 full-time students and over a thousand part-time students to our excellent range of land-based courses.

Find out more about Plumpton College

Courses available

Plumpton College provides a vocational curriculum for students wanting to broaden their horizons from year 10 onwards.

Specialist vocational facilities and industry-trained and experienced tutors provide an excellent entry point into their chosen vocation. Students are supported and able to develop the skills needed to succeed.

From their starting point students will experience the highest standards for learning and be supported to progress onto further study up to degree level, apprenticeships and or work.

Students can join the college at varying levels, we offer:




Level 1

Foundation Learning

Entry Level 2 or 3

Level 1

4 GCSEs, Grades 2-1

Level 2

4 GCSEs, Grades 9-3

Level 3

Up to 3 A Levels

Intermediate Apprenticeship


Advanced Apprenticeship

A Levels

Plus University courses up to Master’s Level in: Animal Management, Equine, Veterinary Nursing, Wine Business & Production

Our partnership with the Royal Agricultural University continues to develop with the RAU now validating all Plumpton College degree courses and further research and teaching collaborations being planned.

Applications currently remain open for our September 2021 intake.