3 years full-time
Start date: September 2017
Institution code: H12
The agricultural sector faces a number of significant challenges in the future from climate change to floods and droughts, an ever-increasing world population and changes in European policies. All of these factors contribute to a sector that needs graduates who possess well developed business skills combined with a thorough understanding of the agricultural business sector to respond to these constraints. These courses cover a range of both agricultural and business subjects that will enable students to understand the agri-business sector.
Students are able to register with the Chartered Management Institute and gain a level 5 Award or Certificate in Management and Leadership alongside their degree programme.
FdSc students undertake work placement in their second year. We have an established relationship with many companies which deal with the farm inputs and outputs sector, such as McDonalds, Anglia Farmers, Syngenta, NWF, Gleadells, Bernard Matthews, Andersons Consultants, and Frontier Agriculture Ltd. You will spend one year on a work placement, which will enable you to put theory into practice.
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Accredited by: The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners Harper Adams University has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.
The course will provide you with business knowledge that is related to the farm and the agricultural sector. There will be modules on crops and animals in the first year supported by a range of business modules which will be developed in subsequent years to give you an all-round view and understanding of the agri-business sector.
Learning at Higher Education level is a big step up from further education so we make sure you get lots of advice and support. Everyone learns differently and in the workplace you’ll need to work in different ways, so we make sure our courses test you in every way possible. Therefore, you will attend lectures and tutorials, undertake regular hands-on practical work for example, reviewing crop growth in the fields or handling sheep, sit exams, and complete coursework assignments. Topics are designed carefully based on real world situations, such as choosing a commodity of your choice e.g. beef, lamb, poultry and preparing a talk to overseas visitors on methods used in the UK. All students undertaken a major project in their final year concentrating on a topic that is of particular interest to them.
Assessment is via a balance of course work and examination. Students receive written feedback on all course work to help them improve. In addition, first year students undertake an examination in one subject at the end of the first term to enable them to gauge how they are progressing and feedback is provided on this exam. Course work may be reports, presentations or portfolios and may be produced individually or in a team. All students will complete an individual project in their final year.
There are opportunities for graduates in many areas of the agricultural sector including farm inputs and outputs, commodity trading, sales, marketing, research, finance or consultancy.
These positions may take you anywhere in the country or the world. Depending on your chosen route you may choose to be more hands-on with agriculture or providing advice and guidance to farmers on what to produce. There is a wide choice in this diverse, challenging sector.
Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education