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The Higher National Diploma (HND) Agriculture is the ideal follow on from the Higher National Certificate (HNC) Agriculture, in your chosen pathway (General Agriculture, Livestock Production or Crop Production).

The aim of the Higher National Diploma in Agriculture (Crop Production) is to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in agriculture through a combination of academic study, practical classes, work experience and study visits. 

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  • What You Study

    • Advanced Financial Accounting
    • Research Project
    • Plant and Crop Health (Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
    • Plant Breeding and Genetics
    • Diversification and Alternate Enterprises
    • Management of Land-based Machinery and Technology
    • Work Experience.

    Other pathways:

  • Entry Requirements

    • 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.
  • 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). 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 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.

  • Progression

    On successful completion of the HND in Agriculture, you could progress on to Level 6 study, such as the final year of the BSc Precision Agriculture at UCBB.

  • 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 for the full-time course is through UCAS using code HDCP, 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.

  • Download Programme Guide

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

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