4 to 5 years full-time
Start date: September 2017
Institution code: H12
Working in the UK countryside and environmental management sector is more complex and demanding than ever before. The practical implications of climate change, species and habitats under threat and the challenge of managing competing interests in the countryside are common concerns to many. We live and work in a densely-settled environment with increasingly diverse expectations of the countryside and of land management. Food and fibre production, biodiversity, beautiful and distinctive landscapes, access and recreation, sustainability, the production of renewable energy, opportunities for learning and community development – these are all typical issues that Harper Adams graduates understand and are equipped to deal with as they develop their careers in these exciting and challenging times. By choosing the Countryside specialist route, followed by a foundation or bachelor's degree in Countryside Management or bachelor's degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM) you will be ready to follow in their steps.
Please note: You should choose the Countryside route if you wish to progress to the Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM) or Rural Property Management (RPM) degree. Progression will be dependent on meeting specific criteria.
You must be at least 17½ years old, and have in the region of 6 - 9 GCSE passes at grade C or above, to include English language, maths and science. However, we judge all candidates on their individual merits and may take other skills, qualifications and life experience into account when considering applications. Mature students without formal qualifications will need to provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully a course at this level. This may include an academic assessment at Harper Adams, taken on interview days.
The required GCSEs must be completed prior to application. Applicants doing qualifications beyond GCSE (e.g. AS level, BTEC) can expect to receive an offer asking them to complete these qualifications to show their continued commitment to their education.
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Seven specially selected modules will provide you with the academic and study skills you will need to prepare you for higher education. Modules are small units of study. Each one is worth a certain number of credits and you must pass all modules (earning 120 credits) to pass the first year.
Essential skills modules: These three modules are compulsory and are studied by all students on the EFDP course. They cover key skills and basic study skills.
Optional modules: You must select one optional module from the three available.
Assessment is via a balance of coursework and examination. Weighting is typically 50 percent course work and 50 percent exams, although certain modules, such as Academic Skills are 100 percent coursework assessed. Environmental Science and Maths Awareness are assessed 100 percent by examination.