SRUC Scotland's Rural College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Scottish Qualifications Authority trading as SQA

Rural Business Management

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Course summary

Whether you have studied business at school or college or have experience of business and would like to develop your knowledge and transferable skills in an environmentally friendly way, then this course is for you! The rural business programmes develop specific knowledge and skills in areas such as entrepreneurship, enterprise, innovation, operations management, economic policy, human resource management, finance, e-commerce, and information technology, within a context of responsible sustainability and care for the environment. Rural business involves enterprise, innovation and management in both voluntary and commercial industries as diverse as food production, distribution and marketing; leisure and tourism; environmental safety; animal welfare and equine pursuits. At Scotland’s Rural College, our Rural Business Management programmes combine rounded rural business management education with real life case studies and industrial experience to ensure that you are prepared to meet the challenges of leading land-based and rural enterprises in the 21st century. Upon successful completion of this course students may apply to join year 3 of the BA/BA (Hons) Rural Business Management.


Core Modules (Year 1) - Business Management: An introduction •Creating a Culture of Customer Care •Developing Skills for Personal Effectiveness •Economic Issues: An Introduction •Environmental Awareness •Financial Records for Small Business •Human Resource Management: An introduction •IT Applications Software 1 •Marketing: An Introduction •Rural Business: Graded Unit 1 •Rural Land Use in Scotland •Web Design: An Introduction. Elective Modules: •Arable Crop Production •Grass and Fodder Crop Production •Livestock Production Systems •Retail Environment •Getting Started in Business. Core Modules (Year 2) - Business Law •Data Collection and Handling •Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and Application •Internet electronic-commerce: Theory and Practice •IT Applications Software 2 •Marketing Planning Process •Planning Budgeting and Control •Rural Business: Graded Unit 2 •Rural Business: Graded Unit 3 •Supervision and Management •Using Financial Accounting Statements •Work Experience. Elective Modules: •Agricultural Produce: Quality and Processing •Farm Buildings and Controlled Environments •Livestock Management Systems •Rural Business Diversification •Rural Socio-Economic Development •Specialised Field Crops •Tourism, Sustainability and Rural Communities

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not been educated previously in the English language must provide evidence of their English language ability to ensure they can cope with the demands of a course taught and assessed in English. Further information about the English Language tests that we currently accept as proof of English Language ability can be viewed on our website. English language tests should be no more than two years old on the start date of your chosen course.

Guidance on English Language requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000* Year 1
Wales £7000* Year 1
Channel Islands £7000* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7000* Year 1
Scotland £1285* Year 1
EU £16000* Year 1
International £16000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scottish students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
Rural Business Management at SRUC Scotland's Rural College - UCAS