Bridgwater College

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Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre is the perfect place to kick-start a Bridgwater College 2career in the industry.  In recent years, over £10 million has been invested in improving facilities and the resources for land-based training are now considered to be among the most exceptional in the country, providing students with state-of-the-art surroundings for learning and practising their skills. Excellent links with key players in the industry mean that students have regular exposure to current practice and relevant work placements, which often result in exciting career opportunities.

For further information about the facilities for Land-based studies at Bridgwater visit the Cannington Centre page on our website.


With over 100 vocational courses, roughly 40 A Levels and a range of apprenticeships on offer, there is something for everyone at Bridgwater College. If you are interested in a career in the dairy industry there are a number of courses to suit your needs and provide you with the stepping stones to get you to where you want to be.

To find out more about some of the full time courses on offer click the links below…

They also offer the following apprenticeships…

What their students say…


“I grew up on the family farm and have always been interested in farming; this course gives me the opportunity to progress my interest and has given me the knowledge I need to further my career.   The course is fantastic for anyone wanting to get into the agriculture industry. The facilities at the farm are excellent and the College is constantly upgrading machinery to ensure that we have access to state-of-the-art equipment and keep up with what is going on in the industry.”

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Kyrin Wiggins, former pupil of Tiverton High School, is progressing onto the Foundation Degree in Agricultural Management at the College.

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“There is a good combination of theory and practical learning within the course and we take part in a variety of activities both on and off site. The College has arranged a variety of study trips including visits to Paignton Zoo and Longleat Safari and Adventure Park.  It was interesting to see how these places are run and to get an insight into the work undertaken with such a diverse range of animals.”

Andrew Whittington Davis, former pupil of Glenurquhart High School in Inverness, is going to study Marine Biology at The University of Aberdeen.


Andrew Oram 5380“I grew up on a farm fixing tractors and investigating how different components of machines work. Constructing things has been something I’ve always found fascinating and it’s something I have been doing since I was really young – the fact I can do this type of work as part of my course is perfect for me.  The facilities at the College have given me a completely new insight in to engineering and have opened my eyes to all the other opportunities within the engineering industry.”

Andrew Oram, former pupil of Millfield School in Street, is going to study Agricultural Engineering at Harper Adams University College.


“The course is very interactive, we learn through practical activities such as Duncan Stables 4482debates, presentations and work experience, which makes the learning very interesting and varied.  For the work experience unit I had a placement in the College Marketing Department which was a great insight into the day to day running of an office.  Opportunities such as these will definitely benefit my future career; I now have a far more in depth knowledge of how businesses are run.”

Duncan Stables, former pupil of The Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar, hopes to gain work experience on completion of his course before going on to study a business degree at university.

Want to find out more?

For further information on the opportunities available at Bridgwater College visit the website, call the Information & Advice team on 01278 441234 or come and see us!

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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.