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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: Bedford College
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:D400

About the course

From production to consumption, food security presents the world with one of its greatest challenges. This course focuses on providing you with a wide range of relevant skills in agricultural science, opening up a career in this rapidly developing field.

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

Develop your understanding of key areas such as international agriculture; markets and policy; the socio-economic priorities that affect food importation, exportation, safety and quality; and consumer awareness, confidence and wellbeing. You can also study specialist subject areas such as global food security from production to consumption; biotechnology in crop and animal production; genetic modification; and climate change.

On graduation, you will possess the knowledge, skills and expertise to establish a fulfilling career in agriculture, the food industry, and associated public and private sector organisations.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain from a wide-ranging and highly practical course that emphasises employability by engaging with industry and other agencies
  • Develop and deepen your understanding of the major challenges facing international agriculture and the socio-economic context in which you will work
  • 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 as well as our well-established academic links with the Rothamsted Research Institute and the Cranfield Soils and Agrifood Institute
  • Challenge yourself by progressing on to a postgraduate degree within the School of Life Sciences such as Environmental Management or Biotechnology
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.


Units

  • Agricultural Science Research Project (ANI005-3) Compulsory
  • Animal Physiology And Disease (ANI003-3) Compulsory
  • Applied Plant Science And Food Security (ANI006-3) Compulsory
  • Environment And Climate Change (ANI002-3) Compulsory

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 information and practice your ability to interpret data and to place experimental results within a broader scientific context They develop your ability to relate experimental results to theory, and teach you to apply the scientific method. You will be required to produce reports on topics such as the role of agricultural production in food security and professional-style consultancy reports on topics such as cultural change and management issues. 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 as well as case study analysis. 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.

Why Study in the School of Life Sciences?

  • Specialist laboratories in new £40m STEM building
  • 92% satisfaction with Biological Science, NSS 2020

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.

Entry Requirements


 

 

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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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 as an International student

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 as an International student