Agricultural Science (Top Up) BSc (Hons)





About the course

From production to consumption, food security presents the world with one of its greatest challenges, and this course focuses on providing you with a wide range of relevant skills in agricultural science.

You will study international agriculture, markets and policy, the socio-economic priorities that affect food importation, exportation, safety and quality, and consumer awareness, confidence and well-being.

On graduation, you will possess the knowledge and expertise to establish a career with any number of public or private organisations, or progress to further study in this important subject.

This course is for students with a HND or Foundation Degree in a related subject area who wish to progress to a full bachelor’s degree.



Agricultural Science (Top Up) - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - D400
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn the knowledge and skills essential for a fulfilling career in agriculture, the food industry and their associated public and private sector organisations
  • Study specialist subject areas such as global food security from production to consumption, biotechnology in crop and animal production, genetic modification and climate change
  • Develop and deepen your understanding of the major challenges facing international agriculture, markets, policy and the socio-economic context in which you will work
  • Gain from a wide-ranging and highly practical course that emphasises employability by engaging with industry and other agencies
  • Explore this complex and constantly evolving subject with highly skilled and experienced staff who have a wealth of knowledge and connections
  • Benefit from our close partnership with the Shuttleworth College Estate, and our well-established academic links with the Rothamsted Research Institute and the Cranfield Soils and Agrifood Institute.
  • Challenge yourself with further study with a postgraduate degree within the School of Life Sciences at Bedfordshire such as Environmental Management or Biotechnology.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?



Discover the School of Life Sciences

The University of Bedfordshire has been teaching degrees in the Life Sciences for more than 30 years.

Our teaching received a rating of excellent in the last Government assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

We offer a broad range of degree programmes which reflect the skills and expertise of our staff.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment types are used across this course.

  • Practical reports are a key assessment type used throughout the course as they reinforce professional standards of presenting scientific reports, practice your ability to interpret data and to place experimental results within a broader scientific context, develop your ability to relate experimental results to theory, and teach you to apply the scientific method. You will be required to produce essays on topics such as the role of climate change in food security and professional-style consultancy reports on topics such as environmental management. You will also give oral presentations to a small audience. Case studies are used within assessments, where appropriate, to provide real-world and employment-centred context to the assignments.
  • End of year exams are also included in all units except the Agricultural Science Research Project. These consist of essay-based questions focussed on integration of knowledge and evaluation of understanding.

Finally, you will produce a research dissertation, in which you will to develop and evaluate your own novel hypotheses in the context of existing knowledge in your chosen topic area and present and interpret independently collected data.

Entry requirements

This course is for applicants with a related Foundation Degree or Higher Education qualification wishing to top up to the full BA/BSc degree.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The majority of lecturing staff are actively engaged in scientific research, and have previously worked in academic, government, charity or industry research laboratories. Our teaching and the course are therefore directly informed by our research knowledge and activities.

Some key aspects of the course that emphasise employability of our graduates include:

  • Training in key laboratory techniques relevant to employment within the agricultural sciences, including awareness of relevant health and safety, legal and ethical considerations.
  • Training and practice in the scientific method that underpins all scientific research (developing novel hypotheses, testing these by experiment, accurately interpreting data and understanding error, and drawing valid conclusions).
  • Practice in professional standards of reporting including field and laboratory reports using the standards of professional research publications, preparation of scientific conference posters, and written and oral presentations.
  • Maintenance of field and laboratory diaries and research diaries following standard practice within the field.
  • Guest lectures from employers and from the Universitys careers service.

Many of the skills you will develop are applicable to professions away from the subject itself. The ability to research complex information, analyse data and write professional reports are highly valued and our students are encouraged to think about potential careers in a wide variety of sectors.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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