When examining environmental and social sustainability, food systems are key. Sustainable farming practices can regenerate natural resources and rural economies, but they are only feasible if supported by retailers and consumers. Consumer choices are governed by culture: education, cost, marketing and convenience. In order to create a more sustainable food system, we must first understand the system as a whole. Where are the barriers and opportunities? Where are the entry points for effective change? How can we build a thriving and resilient food and farming sector? What roles will food production and food enterprise play in shaping future food systems? The BSc in Regenerative Food and Farming gives you the opportunity to explore leading-edge alternatives to mainstream agricultural practices and food systems. Students will do this through a programme of integrated experiential learning, study alongside expert faculty and practitioners, meaningful work placement, and guided independent projects. During your time in Schumacher College’s BSc in Regenerative Food and Farming, you will live and learn in a residential community environment on the stunning 1,200-acre Dartington Estate, which has been devoted to exploring sustainable agricultural practices since its establishment in 1925. In 2012, we renewed this focus with a manifesto to develop the estate land as an exemplar of agroecological practice. Most recently, in 2020, Dartington Trust focused its mission on being a centre for regenerative living and learning which fully integrates ecology, social justice, and the arts in an educational context. Dartington, Totnes and South Devon have a vibrant ethical, local food culture supported by the world-renowned Transition Town Totnes. This setting offers a unique and exciting place from which to explore the future of sustainable and regenerative food and farming.
- Explore leading-edge alternatives to mainstream agricultural practices and food systems
- Draw from Dartington’s pioneering work in the field of agroforestry
- Grapple with the challenge of how we can build a thriving and resilient food and farming sector
The programme will build upon a strong foundation of theory and study skills in the first year, with subsequent years deepening understanding, developing analytical skills and gaining practical experience in the field and in business. YEAR 1 • Global Food systems • The Evolution and Revolutions of Agriculture • Environmental and Agricultural Biosciences • Ecological and Regenerative Agriculture • Food and Health • Introduction to Agri-food Business YEAR 2 • Practical Research Methods • Agri-food Marketing and Markets • Crop Production Science • Farming with Animals • Animal-free Farming • Professional Practice • Research Practice YEAR 3 • Honours Research Project Introduction • Honours Research Project • Innovative Production Systems • Agri-food Technology • Managing Sustainable Food Enterprises • Contemporary Issues in Food and Farming
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
IF YOU DO NOT HOLD THE REQUIRED A-LEVEL OR EQUIVALENT LEVEL 3 QUALIFICATIONS In this instance, you may be asked to complete our Agricultural Biosciences Foundation Course. The course is two weeks long and costs £200. You may book and pay for this course here: https://www.dartington.org/event/agricultural-biosciences-foundation-course/ For further information please contact our admissions team at [email protected]
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Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
FOR STUDENTS WHO HOLD A UK PASSPORT OR ARE FROM THE UK All students from the UK should hold at a minimum a GCSE English Language qualification at Grade C or above. FOR STUDENTS WHO LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE UK To meet requirements for a Student Visa to study here, you need to take the UKVI IELTS Academic at an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) centre You need to achieve a 6.5 overall with a minimum of a 5.5 for each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This is equivalent to a B2 level. You can find detailed information about Student Visa English language requirements, including a list of approved centres, via the gov.uk website. Are there any exceptions to this requirement? There are few exceptions. To check if any apply to you, please check the up-to-date information provided by the Home Office. If you believe you are exempt, contact us at [email protected]
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
BURSARIES For each intake onto our degree programmes, Dartington Trust has a pool of bursary funding under the Dartington Learning Bursary Fund, which any prospective student in need may apply for. We allocate bursaries to cover part of the cost of tuition fees, based on bursary applications made before the preferred early application deadline for a course. These bursaries are open to any full time student (UK or international, postgrad or undergrad) applying for a place at Schumacher College or Dartington Arts School. https://campus.dartington.org/study/fees/scholarships-and-bursaries/