BSc (Hons) Precision Agriculture
Duration: Three years full-time
What you study
- Academic, Employment and Professional Skills
- Fundamentals of Business
- Introduction to Research Skills
- Livestock Production
- Plant and Soil Science
- Crop Production
- Applied Precision Agriculture
- Option 1: Livestock Science or Robotics and Automated Technology
- Option 2: Agronomy or Precision Technology in the Wider Sector
- Agriculture and the Environment
- Financial Management and Planning
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- Research Methods and Analysis
- Integrated Farm Management and Technology
- Rural Strategic Business Management
- Option 1: Advanced Agronomic Technology
- Option 2: Advanced Livestock Science
- Option 3: Rural Operations Management and Rural Marketing Management
Applicants are required to have:
- A minimum of 104 UCAS points
- GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent qualification
- An appropriate academic reference UCAS points may be from qualifications such as A-Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to HE 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 first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
- Advanced entry may be possible due to prior experience or certificated learning; applicants will be invited to complete the accreditation of prior learning approval process.
Contact time includes approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in addition to contact time (approximately 25-30 hours a week). Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments and revision; forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey.
Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged of all students in order to enhance learning.
Learning and Teaching Approach
The programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches. For all modules, there are theory lectures delivered, aimed to deliver the core content, provide the underpinning knowledge and facilitate further expansion of such concepts by the students, through independent study.
To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars that are used to reinforce those concepts delivered theoretically. The seminars focus on delivering using a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom Practical sessions both at the Bishop Burton Farm are also incorporated into a range of modules on this programme making it extremely applied and prepares students effectively for the workplace. The academic curriculum provided by the programme is supported throughout by the extensive practical facilities offered at the college’s farm.
Students can expect:
- Experienced, supportive and motivated staff with both academic and industrial experience
- Access to an Online Virtual Learning Environment called ilearn, which is used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all programmes
- Guest lectures, demonstrations from a range of visiting speakers and offsite trips.
How you're Assessed
Assessment methods include written assignments, case studies, practical assessments, presentations, project based assessment, time constrained assessments, invigilated exams.
Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.
The programme is also designed to enable students to progress to Level 7 study, such as a Masters in Agriculture.
Students graduating from this programme could follow careers in farm management, machinery dealerships, as technology programmers and trainee agronomists.
Equipment Required / Additional Costs
For your course, you will need:
- 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.
How to Apply
Application is through UCAS, using code PA21.
Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.
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