BSc/BSc (Hons) Agricultural Management (Top-Up)

A ‘top up route’ to a BSc honours degree, for those who already hold a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification.

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 6
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

This programme has been designed to equip you with technical and management skills to enter the agricultural supply chain.



Awarding Body: Harper Adams University

Centre Code


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.

The BSc (Hons) Agricultural Management Top Up provides you with the requisite academic grounding, together with the broader technical and management skills that are required to develop and build a career in the increasingly technical and continually changing global agricultural sector.

The programme using underpinning technical and management theory, will develop the your technical and managerial skills, in livestock or crop production, the integration of agricultural production systems, environmental sustainability, building an understanding of the supply chain and influences that impact on the commercial industry.

The modular programme makes studying while you work accessible, it provides a more flexible approach to learning with delivery focused to fit in with demands of those wanting to be actively involved in the industry or earn an income.

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 BSc Agricultural Management (Top-Up) course.

Core Modules

  • Research Project
  • Rural Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Business Management
  • Global Food Production and Supply Chain Efficiency

Elective Modules

  • Recent Advances in Crop Production
  • Recent Advances in Livestock Production

Key Information

BSc (Hons) Top Up*

Merit 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

Please note that the fee status of each applicant will be assessed prior to any offer being made (Home Fee or Overseas/International Fee). Where required further information may be requested ensure the correct fee status is allocated. For further information about on studying in the UK and fee status, please visit UKCISA

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.

Additional Course Costs (UCAB)

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