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 will develop a range of skills to work independently and to demonstrate competence and attitudes required in a professional working life. The course will prepare students for a graduate career in the agri-supply chain and also the opportunity to transfer to a BSc (Hons).
Students who undertake the BSc degree (also referred to as an Ordinary degree) will typically complete their award in four years (including an industrial placement year), with successful completion of the award graded as either a pass (with commendation) or pass. The main difference between this and a BSc (Hons) degree, is the reduced volume of study and assessment required by the BSc degree. The BSc degree and the BSc (Hons) degree share a common first year, which provides an opportunity for transfer between the two degree types subject to academic performance.
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BSc students undertake work placement in their third 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, Avara Foods, Andersons Consultants, and Frontier Agriculture Ltd. You will spend one year on a work placement, which will enable you to put theory into practice.
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 typically comprises between 10 and 12 assessments in each academic year, Overall across the course there is a greater proportion of assessment by coursework than exam, allowing students to apply knowledge and understanding in a more realistic context.
Assessment methods are diverse and typically include reports, presentations, portfolios, exams, and placement assignments. A range of formative assessment methods are used including multiple choice quizzes, mock exam questions with feedback, in-class verbal and written tests, and individual and peer review feedback on assignment progress. Precise details of summative and formative assessment are specified in each module descriptor.
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.