Agriculture & Agricultural Engineering

By studying a course in agriculture or agricultural engineering at Hadlow College you can become part of an industry which is key to the production of food, preservation of the countryside and the ongoing survival of the rural economy.


Through practical experience on the College farms and dairy, as well as working on machinery and in our workshop facilities, students gain an in-depth understanding of the skills they need to work within the Agricultural industry. They are involved in all aspects of the farming year - including lambing, shearing, ploughing and harvest - and assist with the College’s award-winning dairy herd. The Agricultural team have an array of experience ranging from crop, soil, plant, livestock, machinery and business management, and bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the courses. The courses have a mixture of practical and theory and are delivered making use of the excellent Agricultural facilities.

Partnerships for Area

FGS, Burdens farms, Park Farm and JPF Farms.


  • Farm Worker
  • Shepherd
  • Stockperson
  • Assistant Farm Manager
  • Herdsperson
  • Agriculture Contractor
  • Agriculture Engineer or Technician
  • Groundcare Engineer or Technician
  • Self-employed Engineer or Technician
  • Tractor Driver
  • Agriculture Inspector


Agricultural Engineering

Through practical experience in the College workshops, as well as working on machinery restoration projects for local farmers, students gain an in-depth understanding of the skills they need to work within the Agricultural engineering industry. They are involved in all aspects of engineering - including welding, fabrication, servicing, engine and transmission rebuilds, hydraulics and suspension systems, restorations, machinery operations and ploughing.

The engineering team have an array of experience ranging from workshop management, engineering, machinery operation specialists and industry trainers. All our staff bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the course.

The course has a mixture of practical and theory and is delivered making use of the excellent Agricultural workshop facilities and machinery training yard.

Partnerships for Area

Crawfords, Haynes, Burden Bros, Agwoods and Coppards.


  • Agricultural Engineer or Technician
  • Groundcare Engineer or Technician
  • Self-Employed Engineer or Technician
  • Truck or Bus Engineer or Technician
  • Workshop Manager
  • Machinery Contractor
  • Dealership Technician
  • Interchangeable Large Motor Vehicle Skills


Dr. Rena Boothe

Lecturer and Course Manager

Dr Rena Boothe is an expert in ecology, zoology and entomology with experience both domestically and internationally. 

Rena has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Kent, an MPhil in Zoology and a BSc (Hons) General from The University of the West Indies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching (HE) from Canterbury Christchurch University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from The University of the Bahamas. Rena has conducted ecological fieldwork in Jamaica, The Bahamas and the UK. With many years of teaching experience behind her, Rena has held various zoologist and teaching positions in Jamaica and the Bahamas, as well as more recently a teaching and research fellowship at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Joining Hadlow College a few years ago, Rena now teaches across the range of animal degrees and specialises in data management, biological control (entomology, animal behaviour and ecology), research design and breeding management and genetics. She is a current member of the Royal Entomological Society of London and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is currently module leader for Data Management, Animal Health & Disease Management, Industry Experience & Skills Development, Breeding Management & Genetics and Current Issues.

Subject Specialisms:

  • Biological Control (insects)
  • Entomology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Ecology

Selected Publications & Research

  • Boothe R. A, Ponsonby DJ, Preziosi RF, Copland MJW. (2008). Tritrophic effects on survival and development in a coccidophagus coccinellid. Communications in Applied Biological Sciences, 73, 383-393.
  • Boothe, R. (2007) Examining possible links between student perceptions, expectations and their final grades in Towards Excellent Science Teaching in University Based Education. Proceedings of The Science Learning and Teaching Conference 19 – 20, June 2007 at Keele University England. Eds. Chin, P; Clark, K; Doyle, S; Goodhew, P; Madden, T; Meskin, S; Overton, T. & Wilson, J. The HEA Subject Centres for Bioscience, Materials and Physical Sciences.
  • Boothe, R. (2007) Tritrophic Effects on Survival and Development: Development of laboratory reared   Chilocorus nigritus (F.) (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae), an Abstract  in Postgraduate Perspectives. Antenna Bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society 31, 116-117.
  • Boothe, R. A. & Ponsonby, D. J. (2006) Searching Behaviour in Chilocorus nigritus (F.) (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae)’ Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences  71, 253-261
  • Landry, C.L., Rathcke, B.J., Kass, L.B., Elliott, N.B. & Boothe, R. A. (2005)  Flower visitors to white mangrove: A comparison between three Bahamian Islands and Florida. In: Eds. Buckner, S. D. McGrath T.A. Proceedings of The Tenth Symposium on the Natural History of The Bahamas. Gerace Research Center Ltd., San Salvador, Bahamas. pp 83-93.

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