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Foundation Degree Countryside Management (UCAS Code DN42)


Foundation Degrees offer a level of study for those who are currently studying or have already completed Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels or a National/Extended Diploma. It can be topped up to an honours degree with one further year of full time study or two years part time. Validating Partner: Harper Adams University.


This course is designed to give you a combination of the practical and academic skills which are essential to the sector, together with wider employability skills that are applicable in any industry. Through course work, you will consider changes and developments within the land based sector caused by climate change, sustainability and global political influences. During the first part of the course, you will also gain knowledge and practical skills in wider countryside and rural issues whilst the second part will look at more in-depth management focused issues.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grades

Applicants will normally have 5 GCSE’s or above including English, maths and science at Grade C or above. Achievements at level 2 in appropriate Functional Skills will also be considered as an alternative for English and maths and Merit grades or above in Science based modules at Level 3 can be used as an alternative to GCSE Science.

UCAS Points

Applicants are expected to achieve a minimum of 120 UCAS points (NPTC pass, = 120 points; merit = 240 points). Applicants will normally have studied a two-year level 3 programme at A Level or a vocational Level 3 Diploma.  In addition applicants will be expected to show achievements in science modules at Merit grade or above in vocational programmes. This reflects the science based nature of the programmes. Applicants without appropriate achievements in Science may be asked to undertake an assessment of scientific knowledge. Applications from those that have significant life or work experience after leaving compulsory education will normally have studied and achieved an Access to HE course or successfully completed a minimum of a one year level 3 courses and/or  be able to demonstrate that they are working at an appropriate level in English, maths and science through an assessment process.

Further Study

You can progress, on successful completion of this course, to a one year Top Up route to an honours degree in a relevant field.