FdSc Agriculture and Farm Management
This course aims to equip you with the practical, financial and management skills necessary to manage a successful business despite fluctuating commodity prices.
With our rural location, over a century of experience, and a wealth of industry contacts, the RAU is the place to be if you want to learn from the best and use your skills within farm management.
Today’s employers, many of whom form part of our global network of contacts, will be looking for candidates who know how to operate in a climate of uncertainty and fluctuating commodity prices – study with us and that could be you. Add to that the practical training from a work experience placement, you’ll graduate with a portfolio sure to make you stand out from the crowd wherever you choose to go next.
Whether you wish to manage an agricultural enterprise or farming business, migrate into finance or journalism, or continue studying agriculture and land management, this agriculture and farm management course will give you the practical, financial and management skills you need. We’ll even guide your progression on to other conversion courses if you so wish. That might be one of our own BSc Honours top-up courses or a relevant opportunity at another HEI in the UK.
By the time you complete this course, you will have a rich portfolio of your learning experience, thanks in part to a period of compulsory work experience during the summer vacation between your first and second year – which will be recorded in your portfolio.
- A Level: CD – min.56 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least one A Level pass.)
- BTEC: MPP
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 24 points.
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Merit or higher. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
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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Real-world experience is paramount to a firm understanding of the agricultural industry, which is why the first year will see your energies focused towards practical studies. You’ll advance even further with a period of compulsory work experience during the summer vacation between the first and second year, which you will be recorded in your portfolio.
The first two terms of the second year are used for further teaching and experiential learning. The Integrated Project is undertaken during the final term, ensuring that you are fully conversant with both financial and physical management techniques in the field. This time also adequately prepares you for progression to other higher education courses.
On this foundation course you’ll have the opportunity to gain relevant practical experience and qualifications through rural skills training within the areas of crops and pesticides, estate maintenance, forestry, machinery, vehicles, and health and safety, at our campus-based Rural Innovation Centre at Harnhill Manor Farm. You can enrol for courses leading to the award of Certificates of Competence.
You will be assessed throughout on your research projects, examinations, case studies, business plans, portfolio, presentations, and practical skills.
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 240 credits for the foundation degree as a whole. The overall grade for your foundation degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 4 and level 5 (weighted 30:70) accordingly.
Typical modules covered in this course are:
- 1116 Accounts & Economics
- 1117 Animal & Crop Science
- 1118 Crop Production
- 1119 Estate Management
- 1120 Farm Business Management
- 1121 General Agriculture
- 1122 Livestock Husbandry
- 1123 Mechanisation & Buildings
- 1124 Personal Development/Employability
- 2125 Agricultural Policy and Legislation
- 2126 Animal Production
- 2127 Commodities Marketing
- 2128 Environmental and Woodland Management
- 2129 Crop Management
- 2130 Machinery Management
- 2131 Work-based learning
- 2132 Farm Business Planning
- 2133 Data Handling and Technical Writing
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) and relevant courses at the RAU Rural Innovation Centre. Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.
For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Our graduates are among the most sought-after. 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
A degree in Agriculture and Farm Management could lead you to similar success, in any of the following areas:
- Farming as an owner or manager
- Buying and selling agricultural produce
- Agricultural supply – such as feedstuffs, machinery and farm building construction
- Agricultural insurance
- Finance and journalism
- Consultancy and advisory positions – within government and private organisations
Isabel Dixon-Clegg, FdSc Agriculture and Farm Management graduate, 2014 - “The Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Farm Management gave me the opportunity to gain both practical experience and theoretical knowledge in a diverse and growing industry. Having come from a non-farming background, it was vital to select a course which covered all aspects of agricultural business and offered a diverse range of modules. Interest in the Commodity Marketing module prompted me to apply for a Farm Trading role with Gleadell, which allows me to capitalise on the confidence and enthusiasm I gained whilst at the RAU.”
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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