About the School of Agriculture, Food & the Environment

Whether you aspire to become an agricultural entrepreneur, a farm manager, adviser, consultant, or scientist, you will benefit from both hands-on practical experience and in-depth technical knowledge on a course that evolves with the input of industry advisers.


Our Farm491 agritech hub will give you unparalleled access to on-farm / applied product development initiatives and nearby farms will provide access to research trials. This will help you to understand what it takes to bridge the gap between the laboratory, the field, the commercial market and the farm.
You will gain the skills and credibility that will appeal to future employers through rural skills training gained at our John Oldacre Rural Innovation Centre, and grasp opportunities to connect with one of our many industry partners through a work placement.
Throughout your course you could learn about different farm and land-based enterprises, a range of production systems, how to address the challenges of the realities of sustainable commercial farming, environmental protection and how to achieve the highest standards of livestock welfare.
Our curriculum provides a clear response to the current and future issues which affect the consumer, the role of technology and the impact of the economic and political landscape. 
All this along with guidance from lecturers who are active in their fields, will prepare you to tackle any challenges ahead and to create a more sustainable future.


Do you see yourself pursuing a career as an ecological consultant, a field ecologist, a biodiversity officer, or perhaps a wildlife reserve or country park manager?

RAU graduates from these degree programmes have gone on to work with the National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB  and FWAG, as well as Natural England, the Environment Agency, along with heritage organisations such as Historic England and Cotswold Archaeology.

Students have regular contact with people and organisations working within the environmental sector, and incorporate a blend of ‘real world’ field-based learning alongside the more traditional campus-based study approaches.

Foundation degree students will select three practical training courses offered by the RAU's Rural Innovation Centre valued up to £1000 at no additional cost. These include chainsaw, brushcutter, tractor driving, quad bike, hedgelaying, dry stone walling, fencing. In addition, emergency first aid, manual handling and a health & safety course are also mandatory. Employers favour graduates who already have such certificated courses.