Institution code: H12
3 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A two year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience, or all who have completed a 12 month placement as part of another approved course
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)*
72 - 88 UCAS points for A level students. See below for details of entry requirements for other accepted qualifications.
Agriculture has a vital role to play in global food production and security, climate change mitigation, environmental protection, water management and renewable energy creation.
Our Agriculture students are taught by lecturers with extensive industry and research experience to develop and manage sustainable production systems integrating appropriate technologies to maximise economic, social and environmental security. You will be studying in a diverse range of learning spaces located at the heart of our Future Farm alongside students from a wide range of rural and urban backgrounds, whilst establishing a life-long network of friends and professional contacts.
You will soon be putting your learning into practice engaging with real-world scenarios and projects from day one. Supported by an integrated placement year in industry, you will be ready for your future career having developed a range of personal, technical and professional skills that today’s employers value. You will be well prepared for careers in farm management, on-farm advisory and consultancy roles, the agri-food industry and both agriculture and environmental policy roles. Additionally, your degree will equip you with the skills to continue in research or education.
The FdSc Agriculture degree programme is a three-year course. Opportunities to transfer to the BSc (Hons) Agriculture courses will be made possible at the end of the second year or as a one-year Top-up course upon completion of the FdSc, providing specific academic criteria are met.
What does HF mean? You might notice that the modules on this page have the letters HF before the title. This denotes a module that has been developed as part of the Harper Forward Curriculum Review, through which new versions of existing courses and some entirely new courses have emerged. Teams of university employees have worked with past and present students, employees, industry organisations and more to build these programmes, ensuring every route is able to shape the types of graduate each sector needs, is aligned to relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals and is built to ensure every student leaves the university embodying a specific set of Harper Graduate Attributes, namely that they Care for people and planet, have a Global mindest, have vital Digital skills, seek continued personal Growth, can apply Practical skills as well as knowledge and are both Inspired and Inspirational
Employability of agriculture graduates is excellent, and there are many diverse career opportunities in all sectors of the food chain. The applied nature of our courses, teaching methods and close links with industry give you the academic, technical and employment skills which are highly sought after by employers.
As an agriculture graduate you may go on to manage farms either at home or elsewhere, for example with Velcourt, Sentry Farming, Dyson Farming, or G’s Fresh.
Alternatively, you may opt for a career in the support industries: example employers include Frontier Agriculture, NFU, Savills; or advisory services such as DEFRA and ADAS.
Studying agriculture also develops the skills needed for other graduate careers such as accountancy, teaching, journalism or the civil service.
Use the drop-down tool to select the qualifications you have or are working towards to see what grades would be required for access to this programme. If you can’t see your qualification or would like any assistance with entry requirements, please contact the Admissions team: firstname.lastname@example.org
On successful completion of the FdSc Agriculture award, students will be able to:
We will assess students' progress using a blend of different methods such as individual and group presentations, technical writing, data handling and analysis, personal development planning and time-constrained assessments. The diverse assessment journey will give students an equitable chance to succeed and develop skills for employment and life-long learning.
FdSc students undertake placement in their second year. You will have a dedicated Placement Manager, support officer, and tutor to visit you whilst on placement. You will usually undertake paid employment for at least 12 months on modern progressive farms or in the agricultural support industries. . Examples of employers include Velcourt, G's Fresh and Cargill. Students also have the opportunity to access a range of overseas placements, with the support of supporting agents, where possible. Students may undertake placement overseas in the USA, , Australia or New Zealand, for example. Several commercial scholarship opportunities, linked to placement, are available to apply for, with sponsoring companies paying a significant amount towards the tuition fees of successful applicants.
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