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BSc (Hons) Agri-Business

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Level of study


UCAS code

Institution code: H12


4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience.

Start date

September 2022


Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)*

Typical offer

88 - 104 UCAS points  for A level students. See below for details of entry requirements for other accepted qualifications.

A dual-accredited professional degree, taking you to the forefront of the global, sustainable agri-food business sector

Opportunities abound for skilled managers who are passionate about driving forward sustainable agricultural businesses. At Harper Adams, you will receive the perfect blend of management and agricultural education to enable you to be the future of this essential sector, balancing the range of forces at play to produce sustainable, responsible, profitable results.

The agricultural sector faces a number of significant challenges from climate change to floods and droughts, an ever-increasing world population and changes in European policies. By completing closely studying topics including Issues in Global Food Production, Farm Business Management and Economic and International Agri-business, we can equip you to grow into a local, national or global agri-business leader.

The Harper Advantage

  • A full placement year in industry as part of your degree, enabling you to put knowledge into practice, develop your network and discover your future ambitions
  • More than 15 placement-scholarships open to students on Business Management routes – offering guaranteed placement year job and additional financial support; plus a range of non-placement scholarships.
  • Dual-accredited degrees: By enrolling on this degree, you will become eligible to register with the Institute of Leadership and Management and work towards a level 5 Awards of Certificate in Management and Leadership; and also to gain qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Marketing Graduate Gateway.
  • A business network from day – as you learn alongside future professionals from every stage of the food supply chain
  • Harper Business Plus – a series of extra-curricular events and learning opportunities to broaden your perspectives
  • Harper Enterprise – specialist entrepreneurial support to help you take the first steps toward a profitable venture.


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.


4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience. Please contact Admissions for further information on this option.

Entry requirements for 2022

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, telephone the admissions team on 01952 815000, email or complete a form to enable them to contact you.

Course fees

The latest fees for this course can be found in our undergraduate fees and funding section. You will also find course related costs, specific to this course in this area.

What will I study?

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Optional modules are indicative and may be subject to change.

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Teaching and learning

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.

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 undertake a major project in their final year concentrating on a topic that is of particular interest to them.

* During the Covid-19 Pandemic the University is delivering blended learning. Government guidance is being constantly reviewed to establish the learning events which can be delivered face to face. Please refer to our frequently asked questions for further details.

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. Coursework 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.

Work placement

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.


Accredited by: 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.

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Accredited by: Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

This course is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) is the UK’s leading provider of professional management qualifications, and accreditation means recognising each others’ commitment to vocational learning. We’ve mapped learning outcomes of our degrees with the learning outcomes of their awards, so when pass your Harper Adams business degree you’ll have passed the ILM qualification too. What’s more, you get a lifelong ‘digital credential’, an online badge of achievement to promote your capabilities in the job market and other ILM benefits too.

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