Certificate in Higher Education Agriculture (2023 Entry)
The Certificate in Higher Education Agriculture makes studying while you work more accessible, it provides a more flexible approach to learning with delivery focused online, in-industry and onsite to fit in with demands of those wanting to develop their technical and management skills while out in industry for most of the time (Subject to validation)
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Course at a glance
The Certificate HE Agriculture makes studying while you work more accessible, it provides a more flexible approach to learning with delivery focused online, in-industry and onsite to fit in with demands of those wanting to develop their technical and management skills while out in industry for most of the time.
What you will learn
The Cert HE Agriculture, programme follows the structure of the first year of the FdSc Agriculture programme but provides students with greater flexibility to work in farming or the wider agricultural industry, while continuing to build their understanding of the technical and managerial aspects of productions systems and farming.
The programme, which uses the hybrid approach to delivery reduces the time required to be set-aside from work to one day a week across 2 years for each 24-week academic year which runs from September to May. This provides the opportunity to combine what is learnt through study with experience gained in the workplace, while building an increasing network of contacts both on the course and across the agricultural industry.
The online, in-industry and onsite, hybrid approach to learning makes it accessible to anyone, those wanting to start in the industry and develop of their careers as they progress into technical or managerial roles or those wanting to improve their level of knowledge through continual professional development after being out in the agricultural industry.
Applicants should have achieved 48 UCAS points plus 5 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSEs. In addition applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of one year of 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 team directly.
On successful completion of the Ce HE Agriculture students may wish to consider progressing on to the University Centres year Two FdSc Agriculture
Alternatively, students may wish to consider careers in a variety of industries focused on livestock health and management as well as livestock health and innovation.
This programme does not require students to undertake work experience but students are encouraged to work in the industry
If you are already working in the sector, it may be possible to APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) this element of the course. Evidence of such employment will be needed, outlining duties etc for consideration at the APL panel, where applications will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to this, then please contact the University Centre team directly.
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.
In addition to tuition fees and accommodation if applicable. Students will need to budget for some extra costs as part of this course, which you will need to pay for yourself. Below is a list with approximate cost to help with your budgeting.
Overalls £15- £30
Steel toe cap boots £25- £50
Wellingtons £10- £25
Lab safety glasses £10
White lab coat £10- £20
Optional course trips £20 – £2000 (Dependant on the trip/tour)