The Course

Precision Crop Technology is widely accepted as the future of UK and Global Farming, helping farmers optimise inputs to feed a growing global population.

Students will be taught about data sensors, connected devices and remote-control tools to ensure they are technology ready for employment. The programme aims to optimize field-level management with regard to crop science (by matching farming practices more closely to crop needs e.g. fertilizer inputs) and environmental protection (by reducing environmental risks and footprint of farming e.g. limiting leaching of nitrogen).

A key component of this programme’s approach is the use of information technology and a wide array of items such as GPS guidance, control systems, sensors, robotics, drones, autonomous vehicles, variable rate technology, controlled traffic farming, GPS-based soil sampling, automated hardware, telematics, and associated software. Students will make use of satellite technology allowing real-time management of crops and fields, which helps to monitor and reduce the environmental impact of farming.

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Precision crop technology as a crop management concept has the potential to address many of the increasing environmental, economic and public pressures on arable farming. Benefits are attained due to increased yields and/or reduced costs through the efficient use of resources, preparing graduates to contribute to the wider goal of sustainable intensification. This programme reaffirms that precision crop technology graduates can play an important role in the UK to meet the increasing demand for food, feed, and raw materials while delivering sustainable intensification. Across both levels 4 and 5 a broad spectrum of modules will be delivered to ensure the graduates have the key attributes to go into higher level graduate roles or prepare them to go on to level 6 study.

The 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. The programme sets out to future proof the students for the ever-changing agricultural sector.

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  • What You Study

    Year 1

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

    Year 2

    • Robotics and Automated Technology 
    • 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 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 and Riseholme College Farms 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’s farms. 

    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 and 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 machinery dealerships, machinery operators, 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 T43F.

    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 Precision Crop Technology at University Centre Bishop Burton or Riseholme College.

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