Skip to main content
Agriculture degree students walk past crop fields on the farm

HND Agriculture (General) [Level 5 Top Up]

Apply today Enquire about this course Download PDF




HND (Level 5)

Study Mode



1 year full-time/2 years part-time

Start Date

September 2023

UCAS Course Code


The course

Have you completed a HNC Agriculture course? This is the ideal progression route for you.

The general agriculture pathway encompasses a broad range of elements to prepare you for a successful career in agriculture. You will learn through a combination of academic study, practical classes, work experience and study visits.

Course Information

  • Give you an understanding of key concepts used in the agricultural sector.
  • Provide you with the business context in which agriculture operates and markets it produces.
  • Make you aware of current issues, both commercial and political, facing the agriculture industry.
  • Enable you to apply agricultural theories to a range of technical, management and financial problems.
  • Develop your skills to communicate accurately and appropriately in a variety of formats.
  • Enable you to work effectively with others individually or as a team member.
  • Develop your problem solving strategies to deal with a wide range of industry issues.
  • Enable you to demonstrate the ability to manage a project and work independently.
  • Alow you to question standard practice, and apply professional judgment in making recommendations for attainment of future best practice.
  • Encourage you to reflect on your own personal strengths and weaknesses and formulate strategies for improvement.
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Research Project
  • Forage Production and Management
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Diversification and Alternate Enterprises
  • Management of Land-Based Machinery and Technology
  • Work Experience

You will need:

A relevant HNC or equivalent Level 4 qualification

An appropriate academic reference

UCAS points may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diplomas, and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualifications.

Life and/or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.

If your first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE English at grade 4/C or equivalent is not held, you will need to evidence your English language proficiency level, such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).

For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to facilitate the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, you will have group seminars/practical sessions to reinforce the concepts delivered theoretically.

The focus of the teaching approach is to give a model that can be applied in the work place, putting theory into practice and vice versa.

The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

The full-time pathway includes approximately 16 hours contact time per week, encompassing lectures, seminars, work experience, practicals and tutorials. You are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week).

A part-time route is also available.

You can expect to receive your timetable during induction week.

Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged to enhance your learning.
Assessment methods include case studies, presentations, real life management problems, problem-based scenarios and reflective assignments. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support your development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) so that you can most benefit from the feedback.
  • A tablet, laptop or stationery to take notes in lectures and seminars.
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including high-visibility jacket/bib, overalls, steel toe capped boots, wellingtons, waterproof coat and trousers and a lab coat.
  • The college has a strict policy of not allowing work boots inside college buildings you will need to have alternative footwear (shoes or trainers) to attend lectures and tutorials.
  • A wide range of resources are available for use both on and offsite for projects but it may not be possible to purchase/service all requests therefore students need to be aware that they may need to self-fund some elements.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
On successful completion of the HND Agriculture, you could progress on to Level 6 study, such as the final year of the BSc Precision Agriculture at University Centre Bishop Burton.
Upon graduating from this programme you could follow a career in farm management, as a genetic technologist, trainee agronomist, within machinery dealerships, livestock nutrition, or in farm advisory roles.

Validated by Pearson

We are proud to collaborate with Pearson on the validation of this course.

View the policies and procedures you would be agreeing to comply with by registering for this programme.

Financial Information

Find the full details of the fees associated with this programme and the financial support available.

Careers this course could lead into

Experience our campus for yourself

BB Placeholder

Upcoming Event

Photography Walk

Saturday, 25 March 2023 - 10:00 - 12:00

View all events
Apply now