This agricultural course delivers a thorough understanding of modern agricultural crop and animal production systems and the underlying scientific and technological principles to equip students to manage and support sustainable agricultural businesses in the complex and dynamic rural economy. This is a very broad and challenging remit, and consequently the course is designed to develop a breadth of expertise across a range of sectors. The innovative application of science and technology to agriculture will be even more critical, with the likely withdrawal of direct subsidies to the sector and threat to existing markets for some products associated with ‘Brexit’.
As a recognised centre of agricultural knowledge exchange excellence through the activities of Bicton and Duchy College’s Rural Business School (RBS), which is closely engaged with the industries, professions and organisations involved in the global agri-food chain and the UK rural economy, there is the capacity to develop students’ skills to play a key role in regional and national agricultural production systems.
Students will understand the underlying science and economics of sustainable crop and animal production systems and their impact on environmental quality. They will be able to produce solutions that take into account the balance between crop and animal production, economic and social needs as well as environmental protection. They will achieve this through the formulation, testing and drawing of conclusions from hypotheses, solving problems through novel research techniques and the communication of ideas and technical management solutions to different audiences.
This approach has been ratified by a large sample of employers across agriculture and its ancillary industries, representing regional national and international interests
Facilities at our Duchy College Stoke Climsland campus:
- 260-cow dairy herd with increasing research capabilities
- Internationally recognised Rural Business School
- Part of the national Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock
- Base to Agritech Cornwall leading innovation and change
- Close links with Rothamsted Research
- Agricultural consultant
- Agricultural journalist
- Agricultural knowledge exchange specialist
- Agricultural lecturer
- Agricultural scientist
- Agriculture-related financial manager
- Agritech specialist
- Animal nutritionist
- Animal scientist
- Crop scientist
- Farm manager
- Livestock breeding specialist
- Technical adviser
*Subject to approval by the University of Plymouth
- UCAS Code: BAGR
- Institution codes: DUCHY D55
- Fees: Fees Explained
80 UCAS points from at least two full A-levels (AA or CCC) or equivalent, including a mathematical and science subject. 80 UCAS points from a full Level 3 diploma (DD) or extended diploma (MMM) ideally in a relevant subject (e.g. Horticulture, Arboriculture, Agriculture, Countryside Management).
All applicants will be required to demonstrate the necessary motivation, potential, experience and/or knowledge at interview.
The course welcomes applications from students with disabilities and is committed to its inclusive policy. In order to be more learner-centred, the college requests that all applications be considered individually and in consultation with the programme manager.
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Indicative Modules Year 1
- Agrifood Economics and Policy
- Bioscience for Agriculture
- Crop Production & Soil Science
- Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Business
- Livestock Production
- Personal & Employability Skills Development
Indicative Modules Year 2
- Agritech in Practice
- Analysis & Development of Livestock Enterprises
- Applied Agricultural Science
- Effective Leadership
- Plant Legislation, Technology & Marketing
- Research Methods
Indicative Modules Year 3
- Agriculture Technology
- Contemporary Issues in Food & Farming
- Honours Project
- Managing Animal Performance
- Sustainable Grassland & Forage Production Systems
*Modules are subject to change and availability
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.
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