BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management with Foundation Year
This course offers proven routes to rewarding careers within rural business, estate management, consultancy and property in the countryside. Bidwells, Strutt and Parker, Carter Jonas, Savills, Fisher German and Brown&Co are some of the nationally-recognised businesses our graduates have gone on to work for – and so could you.
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.
Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), you will learn the fundamentals of rural professional practice as well as law, valuation, building construction and management, and planning and development. You will develop an essential understanding of wider business management to enable you to provide effective advice about farm, estate and other rural businesses while gaining an overall understanding of the multi-functionality of rural practice.
Law, valuation, building construction, management, planning and development are all covered, and may be further supplemented by a work placement or internship, should you wish to gain some additional real-world experience and carve your first steps into your future career.
Typically, graduates enter employment in rural practice surveying to undertake the two-year Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and qualify as chartered surveyors.
Many graduates also seek qualification as Fellows of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) at the same time as completing the APC. During your time here, you can enjoy the benefits of a student membership of both RICS and CAAV.
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In your first and second year, you are encouraged to organise your own work experience and internships during the holidays with assistance from our Careers Team. Many national and local firms offer paid summer internships.
Although not a formal part of the course, at the end of your second year you will have the option to undertake a work placement year, before returning to complete your studies.
You are encouraged to undertake practical farming and professional experience before starting the course. The course manager will be happy to provide further guidance to you about what work experience would be most suitable for your circumstances. Please email email@example.com.
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, group tutorials, practical sessions and visits to local farms, commercial properties and rural estates.
Modules are assessed through a range of coursework, often based on real-life case studies and sponsored by land management firms, which help you to see the practical application of the subjects you are studying. In your third year, case studies are supplied by practising surveyors from their own portfolios of work.
You will complete a Research Project in a subject area of specific interest. The course is also flexible and it is possible to transfer on to the Real Estate degree if certain conditions are met.
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 depend 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
In the first year, you will develop an understanding of agriculture and rural land use. You will be introduced to core property studies in law, valuation and building construction, and gain an understanding of economics, accounting and finance.
- 1014 Building Technology
- 1015 Law 1
- 1016 Valuation 1
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1044 Agriculture for Land Management
- 1320 Fundamentals of Land and Property
- 1321 Land and Property Economics
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 2030 Law 2
- 2033 Planning and Development
- 2037 Valuation 2
- 2089 Environmental Management
- 2090 Farm Business Management
- 2091 Rural Buildings
- 2092 Rural Practice Management
- 2066 Business and Property Finance and Taxation
Between year two and year three
In the third year, you will complete a research dissertation on a subject of your choosing, and select two elective modules to suit your specialist areas of interest.
- 3005 Contemporary Issues in Rural Land Management
- 3033 Agricultural Law and Valuation
- 3035 Rural Professional Practice
- 3055 Estate Management
- 3300 Research Project/Dissertation
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from a broad range, including:
- 3007 Commercial Property Management
- 3010 Game and Deer Management
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3034 Marketing Communications
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3080 Heritage Property
- 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
- 3215 Advanced Residential Agency
- 3228 Integrated Organic Systems
- 3240 Contemporary Media Studies
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
* 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 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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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 work for the likes of the National Trust and other national, international and regional landowners, county councils and utility companies. Others have secured work with private estates and chartered surveyors. You can expect to find work in any number of the areas connected to rural property management, including:
- Chartered Surveyors
- Land and Property Agents
- Estate Managers
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
In the last two years, the main property employers of Rural Land Management graduates have been:
Bagshaws, Balfours, Batcheller Monkhouse, Bell Ingram, Bidwells, Brown & Co, Bruton Knowles, Buccleuch Estates, Carter Jonas, Cheffins, CKD Galbraith, CLA, Colliers International, Cooper & Tanner, Dalcour Maclaren, Duchy of Cornwall, Fenn Wright, Fisher German, Fisher German Preistner, George F White, Godfrey Payton, Halls, Hinson Parry & Co, Hobbs, Parker Kivells, Knight Frank, Lambert & Foster, Maxey Grounds & Co, Moore Allen & Innocent, National Trust, PJSA Chartered Surveyors, RH & RW Clutton, Rendells, Savills, Stags, Strutt and Parker, Staffordshire County Council, Symonds & Sampson, Taylor & Fletcher, United Utilities Water, Valuation Office Agency, Webb Paton, Whirledge & Nott, Wright Manley.
Poppy Martin BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management graduate, 2015 - “The Rural Land Management course appealed due to its reputation. The lecturers push you to do your best, but are always there to support you when needed. The depth of the course and the knowledge of the lecturers is fantastic. The course is always varied; from sitting in a lecture room, to one-to-one coursework discussions, to sessions on the RAU farms. My degree helped me to secure a job within the Estate Management team at Savills, where I am undergoing my APC training. I would recommend the RAU to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the rural environment.”
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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