Course TypeFull Time
Course at a glance
This programme has been designed to equip students with technical and management skills to enter the agricultural supply chain. There is a focus on business productivity and sustainability, the global market, the supply chains it supports, agricultural management systems, enterprise development and entrepreneurship.
What you will learn
A focus on the management of the practical and technical skills already gained either in the workplace or via previous associated courses, this programme aims to develop effective employees and future leaders of the
industry through an understanding of the external influences affecting all land-based industries and the impact of these factors.
With an increasing population to feed, sustainable agricultural practice is more than ever at the forefront of global food production. Continuing advances in science and technology, environmental considerations and diverse land-based activities and enterprises emphasis the need for those working in the agricultural and allied industries to develop high level technical knowledge and forward-thinking management skills and abilities in both a domestic and global context.
University Centre Askham Bryan has access to the 238-hectare Home Farm, which houses a milking herd of 200 cows, which are milked through a rapid exit parlour and a DeLaval Robot, a state-of-the-art high welfare precision beef facility in which students will actively participate in the use of the latest precision-livestock equipment, research, and industry engagement and a commercial flock of 200 breeding ewes.
Crops grown on the grade 2 arable land, include wheat, sugar beet and maize, using the latest precision field technology and variable rate application techniques and software to maximise arable returns and the production of high-quality forage to improve the performance and returns of the dairy and livestock enterprises.
The Farm also features a new £2.4 million Agri-Tech Innovation Centre dedicated to advanced agricultural and engineering training, the DeLaval Digital Farm and robotic milker which provides live data for analysis and interpretation of dairy cow performance.
On-farm data from the different enterprises is also drawn together using the latest Map of Agriculture software to provide live updates on what is occurring on the farm, the level of inputs and physical performance of the different enterprises’ adding to the learning experience and knowledge of the students on the FdSc Precision Livestock Course.
Year 1 Modules
The aim of this module is to enable the student to further develop skills in the collection, analysis and evaluation of information from a range of sources on an agreed topic. The module provides an opportunity for the student to conduct independent research by deploying established techniques of analysis and enquiry, as well as acquiring new research skills. The module enables students to extend knowledge learnt at Level 4 and 5 and apply it to specific situations.
• Research Methods
The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of different research philosophies and methodologies. Students will develop skills in identifying and critiquing research methodologies as well as undertaking analysis and evaluation of results.
• Business Leadership and Management
In addition to their subject specific skills students preparing for the world of work will need a range of transferable skills in various areas. This module aims to equip the learner with a skill set to enable them to lead and manage in an organisational or team context. The average graduate will be employed in or expected to progress on to a management role within an organisation to do this the skills of leadership and management are essential.
• Advanced Land Management
This module will develop the systemic understanding required to manage a range of agricultural and land based enterprises. Practising land managers must synthesise a broad range of knowledge in order to arrive at creative solutions to long-term and short-term management requirements.
• Global Food Production and Marketing
The global food system will experience an unprecedented variety of pressures over the next 40 years. Globalisation will continue to advance, exposing many production systems to unique economic, political and consumer pressures. At the bedrock of the supply chain, food producers will be further challenged in their role, by the need to balance future demand with supply sustainability.
• Food Chain Management and Technology
The module identifies the actors in and elements of food chain supply systems, and the different types of food chain which exist; the factors affecting food supply chains, their development and sustainability are analysed. The functions within food chains including sourcing and procurement, storage, safety management, quality management, processing, transport, distribution, marketing and traceability are examined.
• Recent Advances in Crop Production
The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to examine the challenges and opportunities facing crop production in developed and developing regions of the world and explore recent scientific and technological advances pertinent to crop improvement programmes and crop management systems and their potential to contribute to sustainable and ethical production systems.
• Recent Advances in Livestock Production
The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to examine the challenges and opportunities facing livestock production in developed and developing regions of the world and explore recent scientific and technological advances pertinent to livestock and their potential contribution to sustainable and ethical production systems.
• Applied Sustainable Practices
The module is designed to encourage problem based learning and autonomous study skills through research and the subsequent production and presentation of work of a high academic standard. The module will give students an insight into the important areas of environmental management and how the principles of sustainable development can be incorporated into the business strategy of a chosen subject area.
Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment. There are a range of assessment methods used, including reports, case studies, presentations, Viva -Voce, continual assessments and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.
BSc (Hons) Top Up*
Merit or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.
BSc (Ord) Top Up*
Pass or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.
An initial assessment process may be used to inform the College of your current status. Some students may be asked to attend an interview.
Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to entry qualifications, then please contact the University Centre team directly.
*Prospective students will be invited to an applicant day, some students may also be called for an interview.
Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles in the industry as an agricultural consultant, farm manager, livestock breeding specialist, technical advisor.
Many students may progress further onto a Masters, PhD or other professional body courses.
UK, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Ordinary Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree/ Higher National Diploma – £9,000
Non-Home (Overseas Students) on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000
There is no requirement for students to undertake work experience as part of the top-up degree.
However, we would always encourage students to continue their professional development with undertaking experience in their own time.
Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment.
There is a range of assessment methods used, including reports, case studies, presentations, Viva -Voce, continual assessments and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.
In addition to tuition fees and accommodation if applicable, students will need to budget for extra costs as part of this course and will be responsible to cover them.
Below is a link to a list with approximate additional costs to help with your budgeting.