Module: Farm Administration

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

  • Module Level

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours
  • Teaching Period

    October to March

Module content

Office and farm administration, duties and responsibilities. Subjects will include: Business aims and objectives; Record keeping: Legal obligations, farm assurance and cross-compliance requirements; Basic book-keeping skills and conventions; Physical and financial record keeping including labour and machinery;  Resource appraisal; Health and safety documentation: product marketing; Employment law: employment administration, PAYE, NI Tax and VAT  Computerised management: ability to input data, generate reports and interpret results using a specified office information management package; Land based business idea: identification of potential improvements or novel product; Production of a suitable business plan.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Identify, plan and develop a land based business idea that has addressed the requirements for that business in terms of best use of resources, the market in which they operate, labour and machinery needs, and financial viability.
  2. Illustrate the use of information to inform basic business analysis and planning related to rural business
  3. Interrogate basic physical and financial data and compile basic reports for management decision making purposes


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Business Plan 100%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following as a minimum and other texts as identified in individual lectures

  • DEFRA (2004). Getting started in farm management accounting: part 1: using the farm accounts to point the way. (PB; 8916A). Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • DEFRA (2004). Getting started in farm management accounting: part II: mapping out a farming future. (PB; 8916B). Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs