FdSc

Agri-business

Entry requirements for 2017

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UCAS code: DN4C

Institution code: H12

Application: please include GCSE results on your UCAS application form.

Duration: Three years

File: Student Handbook

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The course

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.

Accreditation

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.

Work placement

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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Contact information

For course related enquiries please contact:

Admissions
Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000
Email: admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk

Course structure

What you study

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.

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Teaching and learning

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.

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Assessment methods

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.

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Careers

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.

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