BSc (Hons) Agriculture
The BSc (Hons) Agriculture degree is designed to develop the professional agriculturalists and farm managers of the future. This wide-reaching, industry-recognised programme is built on the latest applied research, informed by the RAU’s extensive industry networks and delivered by world-renowned experts in their fields. It will develop your skills so that you will make a difference and stand out in the agriculture sector. This is done through the applied understanding of science, practice, policy and innovation that underpins agricultural production, sustainability and resilient farm management.
The aim of this flagship programme is to inform, inspire and enable you to gain a fundamental understanding and critical awareness of the problems facing agriculture, particularly issues pertaining to the challenges of food production and its global impact. We have worked with our industry stakeholders, current and past students, and within our own research teams to ensure our programmes are inspiring, forward-looking, and linked to the needs of the industry and employers.
The design of this degree is centred around four cornerstones:
- Technology and Innovation
- Environmental Sustainability
- Business and Enterprise
- Employability and Leadership.
Within each of these cornerstones, there are modules that will enable you to achieve the technological knowledge and employability skills to help you thrive in workplace.
You do not need to have an agricultural or farming background; you simply need the passion and drive to make a difference in a rapidly evolving industry. You will learn how to build a sustainable, profitable and resilient agricultural business which contributes to a thriving sector - whether as a farmer, land manager, rural entrepreneur, agronomist, economist, policymaker, researcher, scientist or consultant – career opportunities are diverse and eclectic.
Our programmes provide practical skills and training opportunities, insights into global challenges and perspectives, a focus on innovation, personal development, and the prioritisation and integration of research-informed teaching. Throughout the Agriculture degree programme, you will learn about a wide variety of farm and land-based enterprises, a spectrum of farming approaches, the role of technology and data and how to address the challenges and realities of sustainable commercial farming, whilst prioritising environmental protection, the highest standards of livestock welfare and farm business resilience. The programme focuses on the role of the professional agriculturalist of the future, equipping you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand and then address major challenges in our food systems, from food security, climate change and land use to the imbalances in our food supply chains and environmental degradation from producing food. At the same time, the degree will develop your understanding of the impact of a rapidly changing economic and political landscape on agriculture. This curriculum is a clear response to the global current and future issues within our food system facing everyone.
Our extensive contacts and external visits to livestock and crop enterprises and agribusinesses will provide you with invaluable insights into industry. Farm491 will give you unparalleled access to on-farm/applied product development initiatives and nearby farms will provide 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. Students have gone on to work for organisations including Agrii, NIAB TAG and AGCO.
In your second year, you will apply your learning on a 15-week work placement. Not only could you find yourself working for prestigious companies in the UK or across the world, you will develop confidence and industry contacts for when you graduate.
Real-world farm management scenarios allow for the development of applied skills, such as collaboration, team work and communication skills, along with problem solving and analytical skills, which are further honed in research activities and the level 6 dissertation module. Your skills will be assessed through assignments, coursework, oral presentation tasks, and written examinations in a number of modules and taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory/technical work, group work, case studies and project work.
Guest lectures, conferences and field trips will also be used where appropriate as an important learning method for subject specific skills. The on-site research facilities and the RAU farms are used to enhance subject-specific learning.
The Research Project is an integral part of the course. Completed in your third year, it provides the opportunity to research a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to your future employment.
Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students take proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly)
The modules available for this degree are shown below. They may change for your year of study as we regularly review our module offerings to ensure they’re informed by the latest research and teaching methods.
- 1007 Soil and Environmental Science
- 1325 Introduction to the Agri-Food Industry
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 1422 Ecosystems Services and Sustainability
- 1441 Applied Animal Science
- 1442 Applied Plant Science
- 1443 Business Finance and Accounts
- 1444 Innovation and Technology
- 2132 Farm Business Planning
- 2337 Personal and Professional Development Skills and Employability
- 2349 The Resilience of Agro-Ecosystems
- 2372 Animal Health and Welfare
- 2373 Agronomy
- 2378 Research and Evidence
- 2317 Industry Placement
PLUS your choice of ONE elective selected from:
- 2374 Crop Technology and Mechanisation
- 2375 Livestock Husbandry Systems
- 2379 Agricultural Commodities Trading
- 3329 Climate Change and Natural Resource Challenges
- 3330 Technology and Agroecology Innovation
- 3331 Food Supply Systems and Policy
- 3332 Specialist Study Module
- 3300 Research Project / Dissertation
PLUS choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3238 Advances in Livestock Nutrition
- 3239 Crop Health and Protection
- 3337 Sustainable Farm Management
- 3338 Agronomy Challenges and Solutions
- 3339 Livestock System Challenges and Solutions
- 3340 Farm Business Consultancy
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
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Careers and graduate destinations
Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within companies worldwide and within the following roles:
- Geneticist / breeding specialist
- Farm manager
- Health and welfare manager
- Animal scientist
“I had some fantastic lecturers and mentors and made life-long friends at the RAU. My course gave me the tools I need in the future to run a successful and sustainable business, as well as looking at the bigger global picture.”
Alex Dunn, graduate
Required: GCSE minimum five GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) plus satisfactory level 3 qualifications:
- A-Level: (Example grades BCC) – minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points across three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications – recommended one science subject
- C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Extended Diploma (1080) at Distinction-Merit-Merit
- C&G NPTC/C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Diploma (720), Extended Certificate (360) and 90-Credit Diploma (540) acceptable when accompanied by other Level 3 qualifications
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points
- Access to Higher Education: 45 credits at level 3, of which 21 must be awarded at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher. (Pass at Functional Skills level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
- A period of relevant practical experience is also highly recommended
Other level 3 qualifications will be considered.
You may also be eligible for a contextual offer if you’re from one of our link colleges, have been in care, from a non-white ethnic background, live in an area with low progression rates to university or you are a veteran/child of an armed forces family.
The University welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. A wide range of qualifications and experience are accepted in order to join University degree programmes. The University always considers evidence of personal, professional (APL) and educational experience, (APEL), which show an ability to meet the demands of their intended programme of study.
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
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If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for one of our Foundation degree courses or another related degree course.
International students will also need to achieve IELTS Academic or equivalent at the appropriate level for your programme of study. English language requirements for international students.
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For the academic year 2024-25 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£15,300 per year|
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