Who is the course for?
This course is special because it covers in detail and in great depth the management of today’s modern agriculture industry. Over the past five years, students from this course have won many national awards. The course structure allows students to study whilst still in full-time employment (two days a week, full-time) A part-time option as also available, please contact Bridgwater College for further details.
What does the course involve?
The course is made up of 14 units, covering technical and managerial aspects of modern agriculture. Students will learn via a combination of different practical and theoretical methods. Practical methods will include farm-based investigations, fieldwork, workshop practicals and visits. Theoretical methods will mainly involve lectures, seminars and demonstrations.
During the first year areas will include:
- Agricultural budgeting: introduces students to the principles of budgeting for agriculture, through the Gross Margin system of costings. On completion of this unit the student should be able to prepare budgets for themselves or a prospective landlord or lender
- Agriculture business and policy: shows how EU schemes for agriculture are applied, determines the costs of owning and operating machinery, employing staff, marketing of agricultural products, and evaluates different types of business structure
- Dairy cow breeding and nutrition: covers the performance and development of the dairy cow, including the factors involved in feeding and breeding
- Finance and accounts: gives the students an understanding of the main sources of finance and how to evaluate them, preparation of accounts and the operation of the main taxes
- Veterinary studies: covers general animal health and allows the students to make management judgements concerning animal health
- Grass and forage crop production: includes the establishment, maintenance and utilisation of grass and forage crops. It enables the students to evaluate the different crops in terms of production and utilisation
- Grass and forage crop mechanisation: covers the operation and use of machinery in the production, maintenance and harvesting of grass and forage crops
During the second year, modules include:
- Arable crops and mechanisation: covers the growing and marketing of arable crops, and the selection, use and maintenance of arable machinery
- Livestock for meat: covers the feeding, breeding, marketing and production of beef, sheep, pigs and poultry
- Agriculture and the environment: covers the application of environmental legislation to agricultural businesses, agricultural environmental schemes, the Single Farm Payment, and conditions for receiving it
- Business opportunities and staffing: covers alternative enterprises, marketing, employment legislation and staff management
- Business analysis and machinery management: analyse the performance of a farm business and re-plan it; analyse machinery costs and prepare a machinery plan
- Project: allows students to investigate a topic of their choice, in detail.
- Work based learning: a period of practical work in an agricultural business.
This course is delivered via a combination of different practical and theoretical methods; practical methods will include farm-based investigations, fieldwork, workshop practicals and visits; theoretical teaching methods will mainly involve lectures, seminars and demonstrations.
What makes this course special?
This course is special because it covers in detail and in great depth the management of today's modern agriculture industry. The course structure allows students to study whilst still in full-time employment. Over the past five years students from this course have won many national awards.
A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and at least four GCSEs at grades A* – C including Maths and English or Level 2 equivalent.
Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.
What are the assessment methods?
Each unit is assessed via a series of practical-based assignments, which make up 60% of the final mark; the end of unit written examination generates the other 40%. Some units are 100% assignments.
How long is the course?
Part-time - over three years. Two days per week over the first year and one day per week for the secondnd and third years. Please note there will be additional fees in the second and third years.
Full-time - Two days per week over two years. Please note there will be additional fees in the second year.
Are there any additional costs for the course?
Please note there may be additional fees in relation to uniform, residentials, books etc.
What are the progression options?
Successful completion of the Foundation Degree will provide learners with the opportunity to progress and top-up their qualification to a BSc in Agricultural Management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.
This course will provide learners with a good foundation to enter employment as a farm manager, rural surveyor, unit manager, farm contractor or senior herdsman.