AgricultureFdSc

About the course

Agricultural technology has been identified as one of the eight key technologies in the UK Government’s industrial strategy, and this course is a key element in the step-change required to develop a forward thinking, professionalised industry.

You will benefit from our extensive links with the East of England Agricultural Society, the NFU and the local farming community as you develop your knowledge and skills in crop and livestock management.

Conservation techniques, scientific research and business enterprise are key components of the course, combined with an extended period of business-related industry experience.

This foundation degree has been designed to help meet the need for skilled and motivated people to enter this dynamic industry.  It is delivered in partnership with Shuttleworth College near Bedford.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • Campus Location - Bedford College
  • Start Dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn the technical skills you will need for successful crop production and livestock management
  • Study conservation techniques, scientific research and enterprise, and enjoy an extended period of business-related industry experience
  • Develop your understanding of health and welfare, land management, agricultural science and biotechnology
  • Gain knowledge through our extensive links with the East of England Agricultural Society, Farm Africa, the Soil Association, the NFU, the local farming community and a number of other organisations
  • Explore your subject with highly skilled and experienced staff who have a wealth of industry knowledge and connections
  • Challenge yourself with superb progression opportunities to develop your specialist knowledge and technical skills
  • Benefit from working on the Shuttleworth College estate, which contains a conservation area of 135 hectares of arable land, as well as heathland, woodland and wetland areas.

What will I learn?

Units

  • Business Development In Agriculture And Land Management (AGR001-1) Compulsory
  • Scientific Methods For Agriculture (AGR002-1) Compulsory
  • Sustainable Crop Production (AGR003-1) Compulsory
  • Sustainable Livestock Production, Health And Welfare (AGR004-1) Compulsory
  • Agricultural Science Biotechnology (AGR002-2) Compulsory
  • Business Enterprise In The Agricultural Sector (AGR003-2) Compulsory
  • Investigating Sustainable Agriculture (AGR004-2) Compulsory
  • Sustainable Land Management (AGR001-2) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the Foundation Degree in Agriculture, assessment is used to:

    • Diagnose your potential
    • Identify and evaluate your progress
    • Provide a means of feedback to you
    • Enable you to demonstrate achievement
    • Enable measurement of your achievement
    • Enable staff to identify excellence in teaching
    • Contribute to quality assurance procedures across the college / university.

 

Your skills, knowledge acquisition and understanding will be demonstrated by the successful completion of the range of assessments embedded in the programme.

 

All assessments will be undertaken as described in each units learning outcomes and will be both formative (computer based exercises, non-assessed practicals, presentations and class exercises) and summative (unseen and seen examinations, computer-based assessments, essays, practical reports, practical skills assessments, seminar presentations, laboratory skills and written reports).

 

Staff will provide you with full and constructive feedback on the work you do, as it is a central part of the teaching and learning process on this programme. There is also a commitment to obtain feedback on your time spent with any host organisation providing work-based learning and we will share this with you too.

Entry Requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

E: admission@beds.ac.uk

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course will develop your employability by situating your learning within workplace-relevant locations and developing your skills in a wide variety of situations. You will learn about the current practice and future development of crop production, livestock production and agri-business development. Your work placement will develop your skills and confidence in an employment setting and your second year project will enable you to work independently on an area of agriculture that interests you most. Collectively, these experiences will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and competencies to an employer, enabling you to approach job interviews with examples of the core competencies required in the sector. If you choose to complete a top-up year in Agricultural Science at the University of Bedfordshire, you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) degree, enhancing your employability with a wide range of graduate employers.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £6,165 per year.

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 fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £6,165 per year.

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

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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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    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
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