BSc (Hons) International Business Management (Food and Agribusiness) with Foundation Year
You will learn the fundamentals of business whilst also developing knowledge of the agriculture and food sector, under the guidance of lecturers with experience of domestic and international business management. With our strong network of industry contacts it’s no wonder graduates have gone on to pursue careers at companies including Criddle, Unilever, Pipers Crisps and Laurent-Perrier.
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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.
Changes in how food is produced, marketed and controlled in the global supply chain have created complexities in an industry that requires people with transnational knowledge and a grasp of its practical needs.
You will visit entrepreneurs on a free study tour to Europe with previous destinations including Spain and Germany. You will also network and gain business contacts before you graduate at careers fairs, as well as having access to our Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme. Upon completion of the degree you will receive the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership. Annual membership to CMI is free for one year after graduation.
For the duration of the programme, you will have associate membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
In the second year, you will apply and develop your expertise during a 15 to 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.
International study tour
As part of the 'Entrepreneur in Action' module which is taken in the first year, the entire course of students are taken on a free study tour to a foreign country. In the last three years we have visited Spain, Bulgaria and Germany. During this time we visit entrepreneurs and their businesses with a view to learn the character traits of successful entrepreneurs and how this can be applied to our own personal development. All travel, accommodation and breakfasts are paid for by the University and it provides you with an amazing experience to meet agri-entrepreneurs.
Accreditations and partnerships
We are delighted to work with a wider range of businesses, partners and accreditation organisations, some of which are shown below:
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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
The Royal Agricultural University is an endorsing institution under the Home Office’s Start-up visa route. The Start-up visa is for graduates who demonstrate high entrepreneurial potential and wish to start a business in the UK for the first time.
The Start-up visa is administered by the University’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme and facilitated by School of Business and Entrepreneurship. To be endorsed for the Start-up visa by The RAU, you must be an RAU student or graduate, and have taken part in the University’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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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The course will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, visiting lecturers, student and tutor-led seminars, directed reading, problem-based and experiential learning and case studies. Modules are assessed through exams, essays, reports, presentations and group work. The Research Project is an integral part of the course. Completed in your third year, it provides the opportunity to study in-depth 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 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.
- 01FY1 Managing Landscape
- 01FY2 Digital Skills
- 01FY3 Rural Business Skills
- 01FY4 Land Related Studies
- 01FY5 Change in the Countryside
- 01FY6 Enterprise and Marketing
- 01FY7 Environment and conservation data handling
- 01FY8 Agriculture and Farming
In the first year, you will focus on the fundamentals of business management, marketing and finance.
- 1003 The Business Environment
- 1004 Communication and Information
- 1013 Human Resources in Context
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1213 Fundamentals of Marketing and Retailing
- 1236 Entrepreneur in Action
- 1325 Introduction to the Agri-Food Industry
- 2023 Financial Management
- 2036 Work Placement incorporating Personal & Professional Development Planning
- 2041 Agricultural Marketing
- 2077 International Business (Agricultural Trade)
- 2230 Management and Organisation: Critical Perspectives in Global Food
- 2231 International Agri-business Marketing
- 2232 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Enterprise Development
- 2235 Researching Business, Management and Entrepreneurship
- 2241 Omni Channel Business
In the final year, you will have the opportunity to select elective modules and specialise in subjects of particular interest and relevance to your future career aspirations.
- 3030 International Agri-food Issues
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3103 Ethical Leadership in Global Organisations
- 3104 Food and Agri-business Strategies
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3034 Marketing Communication
- 3038 Critical issues in Organisations
- 3040 Management Accounting
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3084 Entrepreneurship
- 3231 Beverages and the Supply Chain
- 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
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** 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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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:
- Agricultural Consultant
- Commodity Trader
- Agricultural Marketing
- Agricultural Operation Specialist
- Facility Operations Manager
- Business Development Manager
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
Harriet Pullen, BSc (Hons) International Business Management (Food and Agribusiness) graduate 2017 - “The RAU was my top choice of university. I wanted to benefit from a high standard of teaching, and experience student life in a rural setting. During the course, I grew in both confidence and ability and gained a good degree. Upon graduation I decided to further my education with a Masters degree at the RAU. I now work in the marketing department at Agrii, using the knowledge and life skills learnt at Cirencester.”
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