University Centre Reaseheath

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Chester

Sustainable Agriculture with Dairy Herd Management

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Course summary

Students on this programme will gain a well-grounded understanding of the science and management of sustainable crop production systems, and be able to apply this to real-life situations. In your first year, you will focus on gaining a sound theoretical and practical understanding of sustainable agricultural production. You will develop your knowledge and skills in the foundations of agricultural science and production, before specialising in either Dairy Herd Management, Crop Management or Livestock Management in your second year. In your second year, the Dairy Herd Management pathway will explore different management strategies in key areas such as Genetics, Nutrition, Health and Welfare. This will enable you to effectively combine biological science and animal production knowledge to examine and mitigate the impact of production on global issues such as food security and climate change. In particular, you will explore the role of autonomous and biological technologies, such as our robotic milking facility, and concepts such as OneHealth to improve livestock health, efficiency and sustainability. The Applied Dairy Investigation module will provide an opportunity for you to engage in a research project at University Centre Reaseheath, in association with the Institute of Sustainability & Food Innovation, enabling you to develop your skills in research methods by conducting applied research in a specific area of dairy herd management. Rural business management is integrated throughout your foundation degree, covering areas such as diversification, marketing, human resources and accounting. These skills are hugely important in the assessment, monitoring and management of successful agricultural businesses and are often looked for by employers in the food industry. You will also explore the field-to-fork concept and methods of adding value to produce and the overall supply chain. Upon graduation you will be armed with the toolkit required to progress the dairy industry forward in a career in dairy herd management, as well as progress to the BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Agriculture Top-up degree. The Sustainable Agriculture programmes are based at University Centre Reaseheath’s rural Cheshire campus which has had over £80 million in investment in recent years, including: £2 million University Centre teaching facilities £8 million Advanced Engineering and Agri-Tech Centre  £8 million National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology, including an automated, hydroponic, LED glasshouse and 2021 commissioned 200m2 Vertical Farming Centre £7 million Food Centre featuring commercial dairy processing facilities, butchery and bakery  Mixed commercial farm of 272 hectares of grass and arable land including grass, clover, maize, forage peas, wheat and barley  Robotic milking facility (commissioned in 2021) consisting of two Lely A5 Automated Milking Robots, Lely Discovery slurry collector and Lely Juno silage pusher, milking approximately 80 pedigree Holstein cows  Conventional 32/32 Rapid-Exit parlour system milking 130 pedigree Holstein cows  Expanding beef-from-dairy beef unit  A commercial flock of 350 New Zealand Highlanders Anaerobic digester


Level 4 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 Level 5 At level 5 students studying the Sustainable Agriculture with Dairy Herd Management pathway will study: Environmental Land Management Business Management and Finance Work Based Learning for Land-Based Industries Farm Animal Health and Behaviour Sustainable Dairy Herd Management Applied Dairy Investigation

Assessment method

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic and management skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and timed assessments in both independent and collaborative formats. Coursework may take many forms including essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews and portfolios of evidence. Timed assessments will vary depending upon the nature of the module but may be problem-solving tasks dealing with real-life industry issues which support the development of industry and life skills.

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 £12000 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 Dairy Herd Management at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS