What You Study
Each pathway includes business, management accounting and the opportunity for students to gain skills in managing a project - providing excellent transferable skills which enables students to set up their own business. Additional modules per pathway are as follows:
- Animal health and welfare
- Business and the business environment
- Animal nutrition
- Livestock production
- Crop production
- Managing a successful project
- Management accounting.
- Applicants will have a minimum of 48 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 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.
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). Part-time is also available. Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.
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 on the farm and in laboratories 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 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.
You can choose to study at either our Bishop Burton campus, in East Yorkshire, or our Riseholme campus, in Lincolnshire.
How You're Assessed
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 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.
On successful completion of the HNC in Agriculture, you could progress on to either the HND Agriculture or Foundation Degree in Agriculture at University Centre Bishop Burton or Riseholme College.
On completion, students will be able to go into wide and varied job roles, which could include assistant farm managers, livestock managers, agricultural sales person, feed advisors as well as AI technicians.
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 for the full-time course is through UCAS using code HCAG, and application for the part-time programme is through our online application form.
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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