BSc (Hons) Agricultural Business Management (Foundation Year)
The evolution of how food is produced, marketed, and controlled has created a need for professionals who can manage increasingly complex global supply chains, delivering value for businesses and consumers.
This degree course with a foundation year incorporates an extra year of study at the start of your course, so that you can progress with confidence. It will develop the skills you need for your later studies. It is particularly suitable if:
- You don’t have the grades for immediate entry onto a three-year course
- You have non-traditional qualifications or experience
- You’re starting university after some time away from education
- You’re looking for more support during the transition into university study
The BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Business Management will support you to develop the unique mix of knowledge and skills required to work in a range of roles in the extended food supply chain. Whether you want a career in a corporate environment directing supply systems, working in a family business or, in a SME refining delivery processes, this degree will support you to achieve your goals.
Core modules will give you a solid grounding in business while specialist modules will encourage you to explore food supply systems and their management in a wide range of contexts.
To support your personal development the degree includes an international study tour to explore how businesses around the world are approaching the changing global economy.
In addition to this trip you will attend networking events, gain contacts through our alumni network, and have the opportunity to take part in a range of additional trips and activities to broaden your perspective.
Upon successful completion of the degree you may also receive the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) Professional Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Also, annual membership to CMI is free for one year after graduation.
In the third year of the degree programme, you will apply and develop your expertise during a 15-week work placement. Not only could you find yourself working for prestigious companies in the UK or across the world, you will also develop your confidence and make a range of industry contacts.
International study tour
As part of the second year, 'Entrepreneur in Action' you will be taken on an international study tour. Previously students have visited Spain, Bulgaria and Germany. During these study tours you will visit agri-entrepreneurs and their businesses to learn about how they operate and explore their differing approach to business.
For UK students (as of March 2020) a visa may not be required but this may change. For non UK/EU nationals (current Tier 4 visa students), the student will have to arrange their own visa.
Students who cannot attend the study tour gain access to entrepreneurs through our Growth Hub and Farm491 networks.
The Royal Agricultural University is an endorsing institution under the Home Office’s Start-up visa route. The Start-up visa is for graduates who demonstrate high entrepreneurial potential and wish to start a business in the UK for the first time.
The Start-up visa is administered by the University’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme and facilitated by School of Business and Entrepreneurship. To be endorsed for the Start-up visa by The RAU, you must be an RAU student or graduate, and have taken part in the University’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Accreditations and partnerships
We are delighted to work with a wide range of businesses, partners and accreditation organisations, some of which are shown below:
Across the programme Employability Standards are built into every module. These are designed in consultation with employers, so you will always be able to see the relevance of what you are studying to your future career.
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 taking 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 as follows:
The Foundation year will provide a common core of academic and study skills sufficient to prepare you for subsequent study and academic success at undergraduate level. It will give core underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding in key areas of contemporary issues, provide underpinning subject-related skills and knowledge in key areas required for undergraduate study, including Mathematics, Numeracy and IT. It will also provide generic skills and academic knowledge to support your confidence and discipline as appropriate for higher education study and give subject-specific grounding, in terms of research topics and study focus, to support progression into degree level study in your chosen degree.
- 0IFY1 Managing Landscape
- 0IFY2 Digital Skills
- 0IFY3 Rural Business Skills
- 0IFY4 Land Related Studies
- 0IFY5 Change in the Countryside
- 0IFY6 Enterprise and Marketing
- 0IFY7 Environment and Conservation Data Handling
- 0IFY8 Agriculture and Farming
In the Year one, you will focus on the fundamentals of business management, marketing and finance.
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1236 Entrepreneur in Action
- 1325 Introduction to the Agri-Food Industry
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 1414 Principles of Marketing
- 1415 Global Business Environment
- 1417 Business informatics
- 1418 People and Organisations
- 2023 Financial Management
- 2032 Marketing Management
- 2232 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Enterprise Development
- 2267 Introduction to Research Skills
- 2316 Personal and Professional Development Skills
- 2317 Industry Placement
- 2348 Society and Food
- 2349 Resilience of Agro-Ecosystems
In the final year, you will have the opportunity to select elective modules and specialise in subjects of particular interest and relevance to your future career aspirations.
- 3006 Emerging Agri-food Issues
- 3320 Organising and Organisation
- 3324 Smart Food Systems
- 3316 Changing Consumer Behaviour
- 3300 Dissertation
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3084 Entrepreneurship
- 3242 Negotiation in Business
- 3317 International Marketing
- 3318 Inspiring Change in Policy and Practice
- 3323 Food Ethics and Governance
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
The Agricultural Business Management core modules emphasise themes of: creativity, innovation, using one’s initiative, dealing with ambiguity and risk management. We pride ourselves on being able to help our students acquire the skills they need to foster their initiative and creativity as responsible global citizens. Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within companies worldwide and within the following roles:
- Food account manager
- Farm trader
- Agriculture manager
- Agri-food communications
- Agri-food relationship manager
- Research manager
- Manager food and agriculture
"I enjoy the practicality of the learning and how interactive the lecturers are with Students"
James Edmondson, student
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 EEE) – minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points from level 3 qualifications
- C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Extended Diploma (1080) at Pass-Pass-Pass
- International Baccalaureate: 24 points
- Access to Higher Education: Pass course with 45 credits at level 3 (Pass in Functional Skills level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
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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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 2023-24 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£13,900 per year
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