Institution code: H12
4 to 5 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
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.
Suitable applicants will be invited to attend an interview where they will be able to discuss their course choice in more detail.
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Eight specially selected modules in the first year will provide you with the academic and study skills you need to prepare for the rest of your higher education qualification. There are four entry routes to choose from, each of which, upon successful completion of the preparatory year, Year 0, will lead to a foundation or honours degree, depending on the percentage mark you pass with .
We have given examples of foundation or bachelor’s degrees you could consider, but as long as you meet the required percentage mark, the specific work experience needed, and have studied the relevant modules at Year 0, you will be considered for many of our courses (subject to course manager’s approval). You must pass all modules (earning 120 credits) to pass the first year.
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.