Watershed College

The #1 Preferred Vocational College


Course Structure

Supporting the Economy through Production and Agricultural Graduates.

The Watershed College Diploma in Agriculture is a full time three year course. The course follows the ordinary school terms cycle.

Theoretical Structure of the Course


  • Zoology

  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Animal Nutrition

  • Animal Breeding

  • Animal Health

  • Dairy Husbandry

  • Beef Husbandry

  • Goats & Sheep

  • Veld & Pasture Management


  • Plant Anatomy & Physiology

  • Introduction to Crop Protection
  • Introduction to Soil Science

  • Agronomy


  • Economic Principles

  • Farm Business Management
  • Agri-Business Management
  • Research and Statistics

  • Agricultural Marketing

  • Production Economics


  • Basic Engineering

  • Farm Workshop Practice

  • Tractors

  • Farm Implements & Equipment
  • Safety Aspects

  • Irrigation & Drainage

  • Surveying

  • Fencing

  • Water Supply

  • Building Repairs

  • Electricity

  • Simple Construction


  • Health and Safety at Work
  • First Aid
  • International Computer Driving Licence [ICDL]
  • Welding Course
  • Artificial Insemination

In their first 2 years, students will be resident on campus in the boarding houses or they can be day scholars. During that time, they will be doing theory and practical lessons, as well as field visits to reputable agricultural organisations and attending workshops, Agricultural shows and other activities hosted by other companies. Farm duties will also be conducted throughout the day, in order, to emphasize practical training.

Students are also expected to go on farm attachment fortnightly during the specified terms, in order, to enhance and facilitate appreciation of the course and to nurture the practical skills. The course is more inclined to hands-on teaching and learning through practice.

Third year is solely for farm attachment on a reputable and viable commercial farm. It commences at the end of the second year for at least 9 months. Students will be assessed regularly during these attachment periods.

Apart from the full time programme, the College also offers tailor-made farmers’ short courses and workshops, in an effort to meet the clients’ needs. These can be arranged in such a way that clients can attend whenever it is ideal for them.