One Year Farming
This one year farming course has been tailor made for those seeking to become farmers, landowners or managers of contemporary farm enterprises. You will find yourself benefitting from our experts on site at our farms and at our Rural Innovation Centre.
The agricultural industry is undergoing a critical phase of adaptation and change as it faces numerous environmental and social challenges. Innovative thinkers who have the practical skills to be part of the solutions being carved out across the field are in high demand. The RAU, with over a century of experience and a global reputation, is perfectly placed to help you play your part in the future of farming.
You will study all key aspects of modern farming practices, crop and animal husbandry and science, as well as farm mechanisation, administration and an introduction to farm and estate management. As a tailor-made, skills-based course, it will provide you with the opportunity to hone your practical skills on our farms.
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.
You will learn from lecturers who are still active in the operation and management of farms including common grazing beef production, spring barley and a range of on and off farm diversifications.
This is a privately-funded course outside of the UCAS system and does not lead to UCAS tariff points. 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.
- 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.
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This short course will expand your understanding of some of the current challenges facing the agricultural industry, such as improving production methods, traceability and sustainability. The course covers all key aspects of modern farming practises, including crop and animal husbandry and science, as well as farm mechanisation, administration and an introduction to farm and estate management.
You will learn through a series of lectures, seminars and practical classes at the University farms and laboratories. Your assessments will centre largely around real-life scenarios based on the farms, giving you essential industry knowledge. You will complete project work, case studies, presentations and one-to-one discussions.
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.
Typical course modules are:
- OYFC1 Crop Production and Science
- OYFC2 Livestock Production and Science
- OYFC3 Machinery and Buildings
- OYFC4 Estate Management
- OYFC5 General Agricultural Issues
- OYFC6 Farming and the Environment
- OYFC7 Farm Administration
- OYFC8 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
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). Re-sit examination fees or coursework re-submissions are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75).
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.
For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£10,710 per year||£12,240 per year|
|Part-time||£5,355 per year (duration of course 2 years)||£6,120 per year (duration of course 2 years)|
Part-time fees will be charged on a pro-rata basis.
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.
Please note: The University cannot sponsor international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK for this 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.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before you apply to confirm your eligibility.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within the following roles:
- Livestock or Crop Operators
- Enterprise and Unit Managers
- Animal Health Representatives
- Farm Representatives and Advisors
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
Applications to study for this course need to be made directly through the University.
You can now apply via our website, using the online application form.
Alternatively, if you are unable access the online form you can call Admissions on 01285 889 912, or email email@example.com.
We recommend applicants keep a copy of the completed form for their records.