Agriculture (Regenerative Systems and Livestock) with Foundation Year at ARU Writtle (formerly Writtle University College) - UCAS

Course summary

Studying for a degree with an integrated foundation year will offer you a supportive environment if you have been out of education for a few years or do not have the necessary UCAS points from your recent course of study. The foundation year (Year 0) will precede our standard 3-year degree course programmes and enables preparation for degree study, with successful completion granting direct access to the undergraduate course of your choice at Writtle University College. New for 2020, BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Regenerative Systems and Livestock) is the first of it's kind in the United Kingdom and is recognition of the shifting emphasis and changing direction of the agricultural industry as a result of political, economic social and environmental influences. The drivers of change include the recent threat to supply chains during the coronavirus crisis, climate change, biodiversity targets, a new UK agricultural policy and an increasing public awareness of the issues surrounding the production of food. Regenerative Agriculture is an alternative approach to farming production systems that focuses on enhancing and restoring resilient systems and relates to the science of managing the soil, landscapes and communities. The course has been has been developed to encompass thinking across conservation agriculture, agro-ecology, climate smart agriculture, carbon farming, technology use, and integrated management practices. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance and relevance of soil health and the integration of livestock along with the practices. These include minimising soil disturbance, maintaining soil cover, reducing the use of pesticide and artificial fertilizer and using grass leys to build fertility providing food for soil improving livestock. Such farm level practices can contribute to global goals of building resilient local food chains, the provision of ecosystems services and mitigating the impact of climate change. After the foundation year is complete the BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Regenerative Systems and Livestock) focuses on livestock while the BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Regenerative Systems) focuses on crop production, each recognising the importance of a holistic approach, which should include both in a circular structure.


Assessment method

Students are assessed in a variety of ways many of which are centred on the College farm, these include. Practical assessments with both livestock and crops Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions Presentations - both individually and in small groups Essays and technical reports Assessed seminars Case studies Experimental work and laboratory reports Poster presentations Debates Dissertation

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you do not meet our tariff points for entry we will still consider your application. We review each application closely and we will consider a combination of the above qualifications or equivalent. We particularly welcome applications from mature student, each application is considered on its own merit. Consideration is also given to applicants who have significant industry experience, but no formal qualifications.

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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13080 Year 1
International £13080 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Agriculture (Regenerative Systems and Livestock) with Foundation Year at ARU Writtle (formerly Writtle University College) - UCAS