Skip to main content
Undergraduate study

BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Crop Management

Year of entry

UCAS code

D410
Institution code: H12

Duration

4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement

Start date

September 2021

Location

Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

Typical offer

96-112 UCAS points

Loading event details...

The course

Efficient crop production remains the key to sustained and effective use of the rural resource. However, over recent years crop management systems have undergone considerable change. The emphasis has shifted away from purely commercial objectives, and modern crop managers must increasingly justify inputs and assess the impact of their activities on the environment.

These new demands are complex and require highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals to manage them successfully. Modern techniques and production methods are combined in the concept of integrated crop management to develop environmentally sustainable systems of crop production.

Harper Adams has extensive academic and industry experience and is actively involved in applied crop research and consultancy, including the delivery of professional training to industry. This ensures that courses are vocationally relevant and up-to-date.

FACTS and BASIS training

Subject to academic performance, students passing this degree will be eligible to be entered for free FACTS and BASIS training following successful completion of their degree.

Work experience

Agriculture applicants are required to have a minimum of 10 weeks practical experience on a commercial farm by 1st August in the year in which they enter the course. Despite the COVID situation, opportunities for work experience in agriculture continue to be available and where possible applicants are strongly encouraged to gain the required practical experience as this will be of benefit to them in the longer term in understanding the industry, setting studies in context and placement applications.

However, the University recognises the challenges that the COVID situation may present in relation to gaining work experience and applicants can be reassured that if they are not able to meet the work experience this for 2021 entry, that this will not prevent them from gaining their place, provided that they meet any academic offer.

Entry requirements for 2021

What will I study?

Not sure which course is right for you? Try our Course Comparison tool to compare modules taught on different courses.

Contacts

For course related enquiries please contact:

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

Work placement

In your third year you will enjoy at least 12 months of paid employment in a sector of agriculture or the ancillary industries, depending on your individual interests and skills. Placements may involve working for large integrated arable or fresh produce businesses, a crop processor, packer and distributor, or as a field trials officer for one of the major crop protection companies. Recent placement employers include G’s Fresh, Syngenta, Corteva Agriscience, KWS, and BASF. Agriculture students from a family farm wishing to undertake a farm placement are required to work at least 50 miles from their home farm and are not usually normally permitted to return to previous employers. 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.

Careers

The applied nature of the course and practical experience gained during the placement period will give you skills the industry needs. You could choose from a variety of careers, working for a multi-national company or small rural business as an agronomist, technical representative or trainee arable manager, amongst others.

97% Employability

Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education

(HESA 2018)

Teaching and learning

What you study

All agriculture students share a common first year, studying the same modules; this allows students to change course during the first year.

The first year of the course provides a general introduction to agriculture in terms animal and crop production, underpinning biological and environmental science, an introduction to farm business management and marketing, and agricultural mechanisation. In the second year of the course you start to specialise in the area of agronomy and crop management, studying areas such as soil management and crop nutrition, crop protection, crop physiology and fresh produce production, whilst continuing to study more general aspects of agriculture such as grass and forage production, waste management, and farm business management and economics. In the final part of the course your specialisation becomes complete and the focus is on crop management, studying areas such as sustainable crop production, advances in agronomy, crop breeding, post-harvest technology and a research project focused on crop management.

Teaching and learning

The course involves a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions, together with practical classes on the University farm designed to demonstrate principles in practice and the application of scientific, technological and business principles to commercial agricultural and food production. In addition, the University has extensive links with other agricultural and food related businesses, and external visits and outside speakers are integrated into the programme. Throughout the course students are expected to apply the skills acquired to solve real-life problems, such that on completion they are able to demonstrate both academic ability and commercial application, which is a combination highly valued by employers. The proportion of independent study increases as the course progresses, particularly in the final year where students have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation in a subject area of their choice.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a balance of course work and examination. Weighting varies depending on course and year of study, but weighting is typically around 65 per cent on course work and 35 per cent on examination; this allows individuals to play to their strengths if they are better at course work than examinations or vice versa. Types of assignment include appraising production systems on the University farm, whole farm case studies, laboratory based analyses and literature based reviews. Format of assignments varies and includes written reports, essays, technical notes, presentations and oral examinations. Students receive written feedback on all course work to help them improve. In addition, first year students undertake examinations in two subjects at the end of the first term to enable them to gauge how they are progressing and feedback is provided on these exams. Staff are able to provide advice and guidance on revision, and many modules include revision sessions.

1st

Modern University of the Year

700

We work with more than 700 businesses to deliver, develop and drive forward higher skills

Cookies on the Harper Adams University website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time.