BSc (Hons) Applied Farm Management
This degree course produces the farmers, farm managers and consultants of the future, with the skill set and knowledge required to develop a career within the agricultural and land-based industries.
In the UK alone farming underpins 70% of the nation’s landscape and provides jobs for almost 4 million people. Here and worldwide, it is a vital component of our economy. With the world’s population growing, there is an urgency to make more of the world’s farmable land, with innovation and sustainability at the top of the agenda.
With over a century of experience, the RAU is ideally placed to respond to this challenge – study applied farm management with us, and you could be part of a world-changing solution. You’ll learn about agriculture, food production and business management while also getting the chance to complete a 20-week work placement to advance your vocational and academic skills. It’s no wonder that our graduates are in high demand.
This is your chance to find work that matches your interests and aspirations, with a 20-week work placement during your second year based in the UK or internationally. You have the added option of completing a full year in employment between your second and third year and can link your placement to your choice of final year electives or your dissertation topic.
- A Level: BCC – min.104 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least three A Level passes – Preferably one science or technology subject. For Science subject: Pass in practical element is not required. General Studies & Critical Thinking are not included in the academic offer.)
- BTEC: DMM
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points to include one science or technology subject at higher level.
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 21 must be awarded at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
- A period of practical experience is also highly recommended.
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.
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The farm management knowledge you gain in lectures and seminars will be greatly enhanced by the practical classes that take place on our farms and laboratories. Our exceptional industry contacts and external visits to livestock and crop enterprises and agri-businesses will give you further valuable real-life case studies that form part of your assessment.
Modules are further assessed through a coursework, presentations and reports, which are timed, unseen examinations at the end of each year.
The Research Project is an integral part of the course. It provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to employment aspirations.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. 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 course are as follows:
- 1005 Livestock Science
- 1006 Crop Production Science
- 1007 Soil and Environmental Science
- 1008 Agricultural Mechanisation and Buildings
- 1052 Crop Production 1
- 1053 Livestock Production 1
- 1054 Introduction to Food Production
- 1055 Introduction to Business
- 2020 Farm Business Management
- 2021 Farm Mechanisation Management
- 2028 Environmental & Woodland Management
- 2036 Work Placement
- 2041 Agricultural Marketing
- 2224 Applied Farm-Level Human Resource Management
- 2226 Agricultural Policy and Legislation
- 2235 Researching Business Management and Entrepreneurship
Plus a choice of ONE elective selected from:
- 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
- 3015 Research Project
- 3094 Integrated Farm Project
- 3205 MIS for Farm Businesses
- 3210 Applied Agricultural Finance
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3008 Advanced Livestock Production
- 3009 Agricultural and Equine Journalism
- 3010 Game & Deer Management
- 3020 Advanced Crop Production
- 3034 Marketing Communication
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3092 Countryside Management
- 3237 Agricultural Technology
- 3238 Advances in Livestock Nutrition
- 3239 Crop Health and Protection
- 3207 Farming and Integrated Environmental Local Delivery
- 3084 Entrepreneurship
All the module sheets can be found here.
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.
For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Our graduates are highly sought after for their in-depth understanding of farm and business management, as well as the wider rural environment as a whole. Previous graduates have secured successful careers in a range of high-profile organisations in the agricultural and land-based sector:
- Farming Connect
- Delcour Maclaren
- Albert Goodman Accountants
- Red Tractor Farm Assurance
- Sentry Farming
- Farmcare Trading
- Kite Consulting
- Promar Consulting
Our graduates fulfil roles within many areas of the land-based and related sectors:
- Farming and farm management
- Advisory services
- Consultancy or farm management roles
- Agricultural finance and insurance
- Work with statutory and non-statutory organisations – Natural England, National Trust, RSPB, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, English Heritage
- Academic research, teaching and lecturing
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
Tom Adcock, BSc (Hons) Applied Farm Management graduate, 2017 - “I chose the RAU because it offers high quality, customisable degree courses which allowed me to focus on the areas of agriculture and business management that I am interested in. The small lecture sizes allow for in-depth discussion of the topic, and the placement provides a fantastic opportunity to gain experience. My three years at the RAU have helped me on the way to achieving my goal of becoming the manager of a mixed farm that is both innovative and sustainable.”
Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.
Applications need to be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course.
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.
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