BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Placement Year)




Royal Agricultural University Campus


4 years (Full time)

Academic Year

25 September 2023 to 24 May 2024

Gain a solid grounding in fundamental science while understanding the ever-changing needs of industry. You will learn about the opportunities for technological transformation and the demands of global production, economic consequences and new policy developments, with the opportunity to put your learning into practice during a work-based placement year.

Course overview

You will learn about the opportunities for technological transformation and the demands of global production, economic consequences and new policy developments on a degree that is constantly updated in consultation with our industry input. You will cover topics such as crop and livestock production, soil and environmental science, and the global business environment. 

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. 

Work placement

In the third year, you will complete a 12-month period in the workplace. 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.

** We are reviewing aspects of this course ahead of the 2023/24 academic year to ensure we provide the best possible student experience. Where we plan to make changes which have a material impact on the course, we will communicate those to you as soon as they are available. **


Course content

We are currently finalising the information for courses offered for 2023 entry. Full details and programme specifications will be available in early 2023. You will learn through a series of lectures, seminars and practical classes at nearby farms, agribusiness enterprises and RAU laboratories.

Modules are assessed through a blend of examinations and coursework, including real-life case studies, presentations and reports.

The Research Project is an integral part of the course. Completed in your fourth 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.

Year one

In the first year, you will focus on the principles of agricultural science and production systems, mechanisation and business management.

  • 1005 Livestock Science
  • 1006 Crop Production Science
  • 1007 Soil and Environmental Science
  • 1052 Crop Production 1
  • 1054 Introduction to Food Production
  • 1400 Developing Academic Skills
  • 1415 Global Business Environment

Year two

In the second year, the principles of crop, livestock, grass and forage production are applied to a commercial practical farming situation. You will also take part in an individual work placement.

  • 2222 Economic Applications for Farm Enterprises
  • 2226 Agricultural Policy and Legislation
  • 2236 Crop Production 2
  • 2267 Introduction to Research Skills
  • 2314 Farm Mechanisation
  • 2316 Personal and Professional Development Skills
  • 2317 Industry Placement

Year three

You will undertake your placement year during year three of your programme. You will complete Years 1 and 2, complete the placement year and then return for your final year of the programme.

  • PPY Professional Placement Year

Year four

In the fourth year, you will be brought up-to-date with the current industry and its commercial realities. You will select two specialist electives from a wide choice and complete a dissertation.

  • 3006 Emerging Agri-food Issues
  • 3205 Management Information Systems for Farming Businesses
  • 3209 Sustainable Agricultural Intensification
  • 3300 Research Project / Dissertation

PLUS choice of TWO electives selected from:

  • 3020 Advanced Crop Production
  • 3067 Farm Machinery Management
  • 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
  • 3092 Countryside & Environmental Management
  • 3093 Farmland Ecology
  • 3097 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
  • 3218 Sustainable Business & Agri-Food Supply Chains
  • ​3240 Contemporary Media Studies
  • 3325 Rural Entrepreneurship

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:
  • Agronomist
  • Nutritionist
  • 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

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Entry requirements

Typical offers

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.

Visit the UCAS website to calculate your UCAS Tariff points from the qualifications and grades achieved.

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.

Flexible entry

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.

Further information

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.

Read more general information about our entry requirements.

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.

For any further help, please contact our admissions team:  

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Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.

2023-24 Applicants

For the academic year 2023-24 the tuition fees for this course are: 

  UK International
Full-time £9,250 per year £13,900 per year
Placement year £1,850 per year £2,780

For part-time study, please contact for further information.

Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.


The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.

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Ready to take the plunge? Apply now

Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.

Applications should be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course. However, if you have missed the deadline please contact as there are usually places available.

If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.

Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.

Please contact to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.