BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Foundation Year
Gain a solid grounding in fundamental science while understanding the changing needs of the industry on a degree that is constantly updated in consultation with our industry advisers. You will become familiar with the opportunities for technological transformation and the demands of global production, economic consequences and new policy developments.
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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.
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 RAU 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 the second year, you will apply and develop your expertise during a 20-week work placement. If you wish to undertake an extended period of work placement there is the option to pause your studies and complete a 12 or 18 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.
Please note that a foundation year is not the same as a foundation degree (FdSc). A foundation year will usually lead onto a three-year degree course, whereas a foundation degree is a standalone qualification generally studied for two years.
- 48 UCAS points
- GCSEs in Maths and English
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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You will learn through a series of lectures, seminars and practical classes at the RAU farms, local 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 third year, it provides the opportunity to research a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to your future employment.
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:
Foundation year - Indicative modules
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.
- Managing landscape (incorporating academic skills)
- Digital skills (incorporating ICT skills)
- Rural business skills (incorporating maths and finance)
- Land related studies (incorporating rural land use)
- Change in the countryside (incorporating academic skills/team work)
- Enterprise and marketing
- Environment and conservation data handling (incorporating applications and statistics)
- Agriculture and farming (incorporating rural land use/applied science)
In year one 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.
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** Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges
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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
- Re-sit examination or coursework re-submission fees are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75).
For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
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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.
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
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
Charlotte French, BSc (Hons) Agriculture, 2017 - “I was offered a job in a new integrated beeg company, a job I gained with the help of contacts I had made through 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.
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