One Year Farming
As a tailor-made skills-based course, it provides you with the opportunity to hone your practical skills, both on the University farms and at the University's Rural Innovation Centre.
The Royal Agricultural University is an internationally renowned provider of agricultural education whose alumni include those who have become leaders in the industry. The One Year Farming course is an intensive short training course, designed to equip the prospective landowner, farmer or manager with the basic knowledge required for running contemporary farm enterprises.
On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Royal Agricultural University Certificate of Agriculture, and will be entitled to use the MRAU post-nominal letters.
This is a privately-funded course. Applicants will not have access to student loans from the Student Loans Company or other government funding initiatives. Fees must be paid in advance at the start of each term
The course covers all key aspects of modern farming practices, including science, crop, and animal husbandry, as well as farm mechanisation, administration and an introduction to farm and estate management. This short course aims to expand your understanding of some of the current challenges facing the agricultural industry, such as the food supply chain, traceability and sustainability.
The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, and practical classes at the University farms and laboratories. Assessment activities centre largely around real-life scenarios based on the farms. You’ll complete project work, case studies, presentations, and one-to-one discussions. There are termly examinations to monitor progress and provide feedback.
- Crop Production and Science
- Livestock Production and Science
- Machinery and Buildings
- Estate Management
- General Agricultural Issues
- Farming and the Environment
- Farm Administration
- Skills training
To complement your core studies, you’ll be encouraged to select from a significant choice of rural skills courses, which may include training in the following categories:
- Machinery operation and maintenance
- Health and safety
- Crop health (pesticides and agronomy)
- Estate management
- Livestock husbandry and veterinary skills
GCSE: Five GCSEs grades A*-C. English and Maths are required.
You will be expected to provide evidence of effective use of time post-GCSE.
A period of practical farming experience is also highly recommended.
Please note that this course is outside of the UCAS system and does not lead to UCAS tariff points. It is intended as a unique, stand-alone, training course and does not guarantee entry onto Royal Agricultural University Foundation or Honours degree courses.
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not re-sit fees or coursework resubmission).
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £10,250
Part-time fees - £5,125 per year (Duration of course 2 years)
Full-time fees - £11,270
Part-time fees - £5,635 per year (Duration of course 2 years)
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £10,500
Part-time fees - £5,250 per year (Duration of course 2 years)
Full-time fees - £11,550
Part-time fees - £5,775 per year (Duration of course 2 years)
The tuition fees quoted for 2017 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
The One Year Farming Course is a privately-funded course and applicants will not have access to student loans from the Student Loans Company or other government funding initiatives. This course is outside of the UCAS system and does not lead to UCAS tariff points.
** Please note: The University cannot sponsor international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK for the specific course. International students can study on a part-time basis only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Tier 4 Child/General) that:
- Allows them to undertake part-time study and
- their visa does not expire prior to the end date of the proposed course of study
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