University Centre Reaseheath

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Chester

Sustainable Agriculture with Livestock Management

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Course summary

Our society depends on farming and food production. Climate change, Covid-19 and skills shortages only reinforce the need for graduates with the passion and skills to make a difference. Gain a solid understanding of the science and management of sustainable animal production systems and be able to apply this to real-life situations with our Livestock Management pathway. You will explore different management strategies in key areas, such as genetics, nutrition, health and welfare for a range of commercial livestock production systems, including beef, sheep, dairy, pigs and poultry. No other institution champions sustainability and student self-sufficiency in the way that we do. Our agricultural courses equip you with the knowledge, insights, and ideas for an exciting career in the farming and food industries, helping to create a better future for us all. With our passion for sustainability and innovation, combined with our commitment to high quality teaching and inclusive support, we will make sure you develop the understanding and industry-focused skills to achieve your ambitions and thrive in the sustainable agriculture sector. Course Features:

  • Training on our commercial farm — a regional centre for agricultural education
  • Developing research skills using new state-of-the-art technologies, including our Lely Astronaut A5 automated robotic milking systems and Data Hub
  • Industry work placement and visits from guest speakers
  • Field trips and study for additional industry-recognised qualifications.
Career Options:
  • Farm/Unit Management
  • Farm and Environmental Consultancy
  • Animal Health Advisory & Sales
  • Animal Genetics Advisory & Sales
  • Farm Business Analyst
  • Vet Technician
  • Research and Development T
This course can be followed by the one year BSc (Hons) Sustainable Agriculture Top-up to gain a full honours degree.


At level 4 all Sustainable Agriculture students will study a suite of core modules which will provide the foundations in agricultural science and production to aid specialisation at level 5. Modules will include: Animal, Plant and Soil Science Sustainable Livestock Production Systems Farm Animal Welfare and Nutrition Farm Business Diversification and Marketing Sustainable Crop and Forage Production Systems Agricultural Machinery & Technology At level 5 students studying the Sustainable Agriculture with Livestock Management pathway will study: Environmental Land Management Business Management and Finance Work Based Learning for Land-Based Industries Farm Animal Health and Behaviour Sustainable Livestock Management Applied Livestock Investigation

Assessment method

Module assessments ae designed to encourage both academic and workplace skill development. They include a wide range of coursework-based assessments in both independent and collaborative formats including reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, lab-reports, seminar discussions, literature reviews and portfolios. Assessments will range in size and will be spread throughout the year to give you the greatest level of support and feedback whilst maintaining an even, manageable workload. Examples include a short report in Sustainable Livestock Management, in which you will develop analytical skills to report on progression of livestock enterprise case-studies, whilst your digital communication skills will be challenged in a series of blog posts on farm animal behaviour as part of the Farm Animal Health and Behaviour module. To investigate the livestock industry further, you will conduct an Applied Livestock Investigation, in which you will examine the latest research in an area of livestock management, develop a research methodology, conduct statistical analysis and later produce a scientific poster to share the results of your group investigation.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11800 Year 1

Additional fee information

All resources will be available through the college library or VLE as E-Books, therefore there is no formal requirement to purchase textbooks, although a list of recommended texts can be provided. We promote the use of online journals, webinars and podcasts. Students are responsible for everyday stationary, access to a laptop and PPE (steel-toe wellies, overalls and warm clothes) for external visits. For biosecurity purposes, all PPE for the campus farm will be provided. Some shows and field trips may have small admission fees (usually £10-20). There may also be opportunity to attend industry events and conferences, the costs of which vary depending on event, but of course are optional. Students may also get the opportunity to join a UK or international study tour, which usually costs £150-£1,500 depending on location and duration.
Sustainable Agriculture with Livestock Management at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS