BSc/BSc (Hons) Agriculture* -

BSc/BSc (Hons) Agriculture*

On the course, there is an emphasis on agriculture and related food production and land-based industry enterprises. *Subject to validation for 2023 entry

Course Details

  • Department

    Agriculture
  • Qualification

    Level 6
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    3 Years
  • Location(s)

    York

Course at a glance

This three year 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. The complexity of agricultural management is driven by many factors including global population growth, transforming economic and political circumstances, environmental change and rapid developments in technology.

UCAS Code

D4U9

Centre Code

A70

What you will learn

The need for well-trained and educated graduates in agriculture therefore continues to grow. This growth is not only reflected in the number of graduates required but also by the increasingly diverse range of careers available to them.

The BSc (Hons) Agriculture provides students with the requisite academic grounding, together with the broader science, 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 science and theory, will develop technical and managerial skills, in livestock, crop production, the integration of the wide range agricultural production systems, environmental sustainability, rotations, equipment, housing and storage facilities that are used in 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.

The flexibility of the hybrid approach to studying allows time to work while studying as lectures are focused on specific days of the week, with content and support being available outside of this to fit into busy 24/7 lifestyles or busy times within the agricultural year.

The uniqueness of the BSc (Hons) Agriculture lies in its flexibility which allows students to work within the agricultural industry to develop and apply their technical and managerial skills as they study.

The online, in-industry and onsite approach to delivery adds to the flexibility allowing access from any location with content and support being available outside of this to fit into busy 24/7 lifestyles or busy times within the agricultural year.

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 Agriculture course.

Level 4 (Year 1) Modules

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Agri-Business
  • Environmental Management in Agriculture
  • Emerging Agricultural Technology
  • Livestock Health and Biosecurity
  • Crop Production
  • Academic Writing and Research

Level 5 (Year 2) Modules

Core Modules

  • Agri-Business
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Precision Farming Systems
  • Academic Development

Elective Modules

  • Livestock Performance
  • Livestock Feeding Systems
  • Crop Production Systems
  • Agronomy

Level 6 (Year 3) Modules

Core Modules

  • Research Project
  • Rural Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Land Management
  • Global Food Production and Supply Chain Efficiency

Elective Modules

  • Recent Advances in Crops
  • Recent Advances in Livestock

Key Information

Applicants should have achieved 84 UCAS points plus 5 GCSE’s including English, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSE’s. Applicants must have successfully completed a full Level 3 study and/or have significant industry experience.

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 directly.

Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles in the industry such 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 – £9,000

Non-Home (Overseas Students) on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000

Work placement is completed with an external employer which is arranged by the student. Such placements and organisations include farm hand, NFU, trainee agronomist, auction mart, feed mill etc. All work placements are subject to a health and safety check by the college to ensure that placements are suitable and safe. Support can be made available via the module tutor to help locate a suitable placement.

Students on full time three year BSc programmes must complete a minimum of 10 weeks approved work experience to acquire a minimum of 30 placement credits.

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 course costs to help with your budgeting.

Additional Course Costs (UCAB)

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