BSc (Hons) Agriculture
This degree course equips you with the academic knowledge and practical skills suited to a range of agricultural and rural sector employment opportunities.
Coupled with rural skills training attained through the Rural Skills Centre you will gain practical skills and credibility that will appeal to your future employers. Throughout the degree, you will learn about different farm and land-based enterprises and a range of production systems, how to address the challenges of and realities of sustainable commercial farming, environmental protection and achieve the highest standards of livestock welfare. Our Farm491 Centre will further give you unparalleled access to on-farm / applied product development initiatives and RAU Farms will provide on farm research trials during your agricultural degree, helping you to understand what it takes to bridge the gap between the laboratory, the field, the commercial market and the farm.
In your second year, you have the chance to apply and develop your expertise during a 20-week work placement. Not only could you find yourself working for a prestigious company in the UK or further afield, you’ll develop the confidence and industry contacts to propel you forwarded when you leave us.
- A Level: BCC – min.104 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least three A Levels - 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 RAU has been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845, which means that we have some of the best teaching facilities you will find, including farms and laboratories where you’ll hone your practical skills. These will be complemented by lectures and seminars led by exceptional teachers. While visits to livestock and crop enterprises and agri-businesses will further enhance your experience.
Modules are assessed through examinations and coursework, including real-life case studies, presentations and reports. There are timed, unseen examinations at the end of each year.
The Research Project is an integral part of the course, giving you the opportunity to focus on a subject of particular interest to you or your 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 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 course are as follows:
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
- 1008 Agricultural Mechanisation and Buildings
- 1052 Crop Production 1
- 1053 Livestock Production 1
- 1054 Introduction to Food Production
- 1055 Introduction to Business
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.
- 2004 Livestock Production 2
- 2021 Farm Mechanisation Management
- 2028 Environmental & Woodland Management
- 2036 Work Placement
- 2093 Agricultural Research Methods
- 2222 Economic Applications for Farm Enterprises
- 2223 Agricultural Policy and Legislation
- 2227 Grass and Forage Crops
- 2236 Crop Production 2
In the third 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 Agricultural Issues
- 3013 Sustainable Management of Soil & Water
- 3015 Research Project
- 3205 Management Information Systems for Farming Businesses
- 3209 Sustainable Agricultural Intensification
PLUS choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3008 Advanced Livestock Production
- 3009 Agricultural & Equine Journalism
- 3020 Advanced Crop Production
- 3057 Advanced Crop & Plant Science
- 3067 Farm Machinery Management
- 3084 Entrepreneurship
- 3093 Farmland Ecology
- 3218 Sustainable Business & Agri-Food Supply Chains
- 3228 Integrated Organic Systems
- 3236 Epidemiology in Livestock Production
- 3237 Agricultural Technology
- 3238 Advances in Livestock Management
- 3092 Countryside Management
- 3239 Crop Health and Protection
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|
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.
Do you dream of working in genetics for an international company? Or do you have your sights set on a career in nutrition consultancy? Whatever your ambitions, whether at home or abroad, we can help you realise them. Our graduates are a testament to the RAU’s track record, with former students who have gone on to carve out successful careers within the agricultural and related industries worldwide.
You could find yourself working for:
- NIAB TAG
- G’s Fresh
- Gleadell Agriculture
- Dalmark Group
- Red Tractor
- Wessex Grain
- Birds Eye
- Intelligent Precision Farming
- Worldwide Sires
- Elveden Farms
Working within any of the following areas:
- Farm operational management
- Agricultural marketing or journalism
- Genetics and animal breeding
- Production operations management
- Health, welfare and disease advisors
- Animal science and technology
- Research, advisory and consultancy – government and private sector
- 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
Amy Mepham, BSc (Hons) Agriculture, 2015 - “I decided to study agriculture at the RAU due to its reputation and beautiful setting. The lecturers are experts in their field, and you gain an insight into current issues. I am currently a self-employed Artificial Insemination Technician, and would not be where I am today without the RAU.”
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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