BSc (Hons) Applied Farm Management with Foundation Year
Develop a career within the agricultural and land-based industries with a degree that develops farmers, farm managers and consultants of the future. The range of production systems adopted and commercially practised on our farms, and local farm businesses, provide an invaluable insight into the current realities of commercial farming.
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.
Bridge the gap between the laboratory, the field, the commercial market and the farm. Gain unparalleled access to on-farm/applied product development with Farm491 and benefit from research trials at our RAU farms. No wonder our graduates have gone on to work for high-profile organisations such as Procam Agriculture, Velcourt, Keenan Systems and Dalcour Maclaren.
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 your confidence and gain 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. Our extensive industry contacts, external visits to livestock, crop enterprises and agribusinesses also provide valuable additional case studies.
Students also have access to the University’s Farm491 facility, an innovative agritech business incubator providing facilities and support to agritech businesses and promoting technology and innovation within the sector.
Modules are assessed through a range of 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 in-depth a subject of specific interest.
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:
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
- 1005 Livestock Science
- 1006 Crop Production Science
- 1007 Soil and Environmental Science
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1052 Crop Production 1
- 1053 Livestock Production 1
- 1054 Introduction to Food Production
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 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:
Between year two and year three
- 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
- 3094 Integrated Farm Project
- 3205 MIS for Farm Businesses
- 3210 Applied Agricultural Finance
- 3240 Contemporary Media Studies
- 3300 Research Project / Dissertation
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
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
All the module sheets can be found here.
* Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges
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 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£9,250 per year||£10,200 per year|
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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.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within high-profile organisations worldwide and within the following roles:
- Farm Manager
- Geneticist / Breeding Specialist
- Agricultural Journalist
- Research Consultant / Advisor
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.
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