The Course

This programme gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work at a management level in a precision arable farming production system. 

Work-based learning is an integral part of the programme, where you will be expected to apply the skills that you have developed in a real work situation.

There is also an opportunity to customise your studies to your own career path by applying your research skills to a project that you are particularly interested in, which could also be related to your work experience placement.

View the policies and procedures that students registering on this programme would be agreeing to comply with.

Financial Information

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

  • What You Study

    Year 1

    • Crop production
    • Precision crop technology equipment
    • Soils and environment
    • Work based learning
    • Academic and professional skills
    • Farm accounts
    • Impacts of farming on the environment.

    Year 2

    • Agronomy
    • Management of precision technology equipment
    • Research skills and investigational project
    • Advanced land-based business management
    • Mechanisation
    • Precision technology in the wider environment
    • Work based learning.
  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 80 UCAS points, which 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 qualification.
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification. 
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • 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 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.
    • Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, work experience, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week).

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.

  • Work Experience

    Work experience is delivered throughout the programme with a strong emphasis upon employability, and the work-based element is highly valued by students and employers. Placement is a key factor in achieving the learning outcomes. A total of 100 hours is required in a related part of the industry over the two years of the course.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

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

    The focus of the teaching approach is to give a model that can be applied in the workplace, 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.

    You can choose to study at either our Bishop Burton campus, in East Yorkshire, or our Riseholme campus, which is in Lincolnshire.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment methods include case studies, examinations, 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 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

    There is an opportunity to progress to the BSc (Hons) Agricultural Resource Management (Top Up) following successful completion of this Foundation Degree.

  • Careers

    Careers can be pursued as arable managers and technical advisors, within the agricultural allied and support areas such as machinery manufacturers and dealerships and many more.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    Students will need to buy a white laboratory coat for lab practicals, overalls and appropriate footwear. Waterproof clothing and footwear for outdoor practicals is also required.

    A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning.

    Trips and short courses may also be offered at extra cost.

    On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.

  • 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.

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