The Course

This programme sets out to produce graduates who will be the farmers of the future. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge required to develop and run adaptable, innovative, sustainable and successful business ventures within the agriculture sector.

Across both levels 4 and 5 a broad spectrum of modules will be delivered to ensure graduates have the key attributes to go into higher level graduate roles or onto level 6 study.

The farm facilities are established at both the Bishop Burton and Riseholme campuses, accompanied with a breadth of current equipment for field and laboratory-based research projects and teaching. These resources have collectively seen staff and student research be published and presented with peer reviewed journals and national and international industry conferences. The College has a Centre for Agricultural Innovation (CAI), led by the HE Academic Lead for Agriculture which focuses on working with industry on research projects across both college campuses.

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Financial Information

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During level 4 of the programme, all students undertake an external work placement which benefits from our extensive industry links in support with gaining placements. This may include local farmers or estates, machinery dealerships, food producers, advisory companies and feed and grain merchants. Graduates will be able to operate key software packages such as Farmplan Gate Keeper and Livestock Manager which is utilised within 80% of farming businesses in the UK, enabling them to evaluate on farm data to reduce inputs and improve outputs on the farm which is seen as a key outcome for any farm business manager. 

Students are effectively prepared for academic study by undertaking a series of academic, professional and research skill related modules over the two years. A level 5 introductory research analysis module further develops the ability to analyse and evaluate data sets using packages, as well as the ability to investigate an idea, collectively designed to support progression to higher levels of study and research. The program sets out to future proof the students for the ever-changing agricultural sector through the development of the Institute of Technology, ensuring all graduate are equipped with high level technology skills required in a fast-changing sector.

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    • Academic, Employment and Professional Skills 
    • Fundamentals of Business
    • Industry Skills for Agriculture 
    • Livestock Production 
    • Mechanisation 
    • Plant and Soil Science 
    • Crop Production 

    Year 2:

    • Livestock Science
    • Agronomy
    • Agriculture and the Environment 
    • Financial Management and Planning 
    • Precision Technology in the Wider Sector 
    • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 
    • Introductory Research Analysis 
  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants are required to have: 

    • A minimum of 80 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

    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 for examinations; forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey.

  • Work Experience

    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 which aim 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 at 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 both the college farm. 

  • 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.

  • Progression

    The programme is also designed to enable students to progress to Level 6 study, such as the BSc Precision Agriculture (Top Up) at UCBB. You can find further details on all of our programmes on our website.

  • Careers

    Students graduating from this programme could follow careers in farm management, genetic technologists, trainee agronomists, machinery dealerships, livestock nutrition as well as farm advisory roles.  

  • 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 D400.

    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.

  • Download Course Guide

    Download our programme guides to find out more about studying the FdSc Agriculture at University Centre Bishop Burton or Riseholme College.

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