BSc (Hons) Applied Farm Management with Placement 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 practiced on nearby farms, and local farm businesses, provide an invaluable insight into the current realities of commercial farming. You'll also have the opportunity to put your learning into practice during a work-based placement year.
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 nearby 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. 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.
In the third year, you will apply and develop your expertise and complete a 12 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.
GCSE: (minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required plus level 3 qualifications:
- A Level: BCC – minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points (to include at least three A Levels - preferably one science or technology subject. General Studies & Critical Thinking are not included in the academic offer)
- BTEC level 3 extended diploma at Distinction/Merit/Merit
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points
- Access to Higher Education: 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
Other level 3 qualifications will be considered.
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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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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You will learn through a series of lectures, seminars and practical classes at nearby 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:
- 1005 Livestock Science
- 1006 Crop Production Science
- 1007 Soil and Environmental Science
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 1052 Crop Production 1
- 1053 Livestock Production 1
- 1054 Introduction to Food Production
- 2020 Farm Business Management
- 2021 Farm Mechanisation Management
- 2093 Agricultural Research Methods
- 2226 Agricultural Policy and Legislation
- 2314 Farm Mechanisation
- 2315 Agricultural Commodity Trading and Marketing
- 2316 Personal and Professional Development Skills
- 2317 Industry Placement
Plus a choice of ONE elective selected from:
You will undertake your placement year during year three of your programme. You will complete Years 1 and 2, complete the placement year and then return for your final year of the programme.
- 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
- 3094 Integrated Farm Project
- 3205 MIS for Farm Businesses
- 3210 Applied Agricultural Finance
- 3300 Research Project / Dissertation
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3008 Advanced Livestock Production
- 3010 Game & Deer Management
- 3020 Advanced Crop Production
- 3034 Marketing Communication
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3090 Forestry & Woodland Management
- 3092 Countryside Management
- 3237 Agricultural Technology
- 3238 Advances in Livestock Nutrition
- 3239 Crop Health and Protection
- 3240 Contemporary Media Studies
- 3207 Farming and Integrated Environmental Local Delivery
- 3084 Entrepreneurship
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.
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:
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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 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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