BSc (Hons) Environment, Food and Society with Placement Year
Benefit from our strong relationships with leading food and farming businesses, policy makers from industry,and government and civil society organisations; as well as gaining access to the organisations directly involved in promoting sustainable food and farming. You'll also have the chance to put your learning into practice during a work-based placement year.
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This programme will give you the skills to understand the challenges and contribute to the solutions of major global issues. You will cover topics such as natural resource management, wildlife conservation, animal welfare, agro-forestry, ecology and community supported agriculture. The course has been developed in collaboration with the Soil Association Food for Life programme that aims to ‘make good food the easy choice for everyone’ in schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes.
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: CCC – minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A Level passes)
- BTEC level 3 extended diploma at Merit/Merit/Merit
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points
- Access to Higher Education: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Distinction (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
Other level 3 qualifications will be considered.
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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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This three-year degree programme includes a traditional campus-based experience and work-based learning modules which are designed to encourage you to understand the reality of the work environment and opportunities for innovation. You will be fully supported by the RAU with scheduled visits to campus to share your experiences with your teaching team and learn from other students.
Your final project is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge, to build your CV and support your career goals. Working with colleagues, you will select a real world problem to focus on in an area that interests you. This could be developing a specialist interest in food production or marketing, landscape, technology, social enterprise or policy innovation.
Designed by industry, this course will provide you with the skills required by future employers, and to make a positive impact within the food and farming sectors. In your second year will complete a work placement from April-September. Companies include Brakes Food, Creed Food Services, and NSF International.
Modules will cover topics such as:
- Introduction: Environment and Society
- Introduction: Food and Society
- Historical Context: Food and Farming
- Personal and Professional Skills
- Global Environment Issues
- Wildlife and Natural Resources
- Food and Farming Systems
- Diet and Consumer Behaviour
- 2317 Industry Placement
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.
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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 fees or coursework re-submissions 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.
Careers you could pursue after graduating include:
- Environmental and land based consultancy
- Renewables, energy, waste recycling, development and sustainability
- Statutory bodies eg. Natural England, Wildlife Trusts, National Trust, National Parks Authority
- Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- Policy and public affairs
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