Agriculture at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS

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Course summary

Why choose this degree?

  • Join an established provider with excellent reputation and industry links.
  • Learn from a fully operational commercial farm demonstrating best practice in agricultural husbandry.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to specialise in one of three pathways.
What makes UCS special? Delivering agricultural programmes since its creation over 100 years ago, our agricultural facilities include a 126-hectare working farm on campus including dairy, sheep, pigs and arable enterprises, as well as a further 134 hectares at a nearby site, giving students access to an excellent range of learning opportunities. With University Centre Sparsholt’s strong and well-established industry links, there is a great demand for higher level education to enable the next generation of specialists to make an impact in farming and agri-tech businesses. The subject content in our agriculture courses aim to give a solid foundation in the green sector, producing the food and managing the land in a sustainable way. Importantly the theoretical subject knowledge is combined with skills and topical knowledge demanded by the needs of the industry. What will I learn? Developed with industry leaders, this new programme will ensure you have a strong foundation in Agriculture, as well as specialist knowledge in your chosen pathway - crops, livestock or general agriculture. The specialist course content is outward looking to investigate the opportunities, constraints and influences on the agricultural industry more globally, as well as giving an understanding of marketing methods and diversification opportunities to create a robust business. Essential science, industry experience and academic skills will also boost your employability. Each year will include an assessed three-week work placement as well as a residential field trip to gain even more industry insight. How will I be assessed? Final and in-session assessments feature in this programme, allowing you to develop research and study skills as well as technical and expert knowledge. Assessments include completion of a research dissertation, written assignments, presentations, project reports, practical based and online portfolios and examinations. Where can I go from here? You can progress onto postgraduate study, gain employment with agricultural organisations or use your skills to run your own business.

Modules

LEVEL FOUR Academic Skills, Industrial Experience, Fundamentals of Agricultural Science, Agricultural Mechanisation, Livestock Production, Crop Production, Farm Environment & Wildlife. LEVEL FIVE Industrial Development, Statistics and Research Methods, Agricultural Policies and Legislation, Farm Business Management, Livestock Nutrition, Agronomy, Livestock Breeding & Welfare. LEVEL SIX Dissertation, Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Agricultural Business Development, Recent Developments in Agriculture, Advanced Crop Production (Optional) Advanced Livestock Production (Optional) Further Statistics, Professional Industrial Development.

Assessment method

Final and in-session assessments feature in this programme, allowing you to develop research and study skills as well as technical and expert knowledge. Assessments include completion of a research dissertation, written assignments, presentations, project reports, practical based and online portfolios and examinations.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Successful completion of a NQF level 4 (Cert HE or HNC) or NQF level 5 (Dip HE, HND or FdSc) in a relevant subject. Please email [email protected].

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Minimum requirement is 80 UCAS tariff points (dependant on qualifications). Students who successfully complete the FdSc may apply to 'top-up' to the BSc. We welcome applications from people with non-standard or international qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Other

GCSE Maths and English @ Grade C/4 or above (or level 2 equivalents)


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores of 5.5 in any of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2) www.ielts.org/about-ielts/ielts-for-migration/united-kingdom
Trinity ISEPassPass in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2) www.trinitycollege.com/qualifications/SELT/UKVI
PTE Academic60Minimum score of 60 or higher in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2) www.pearsonpte.com/selt-tests/pte-academic-ukvi

We will also accept the following qualification: LanguageCert International ESOL SELT - minimum score of 33/50 in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2) https://www.languagecert.org/en/uk-visa-exams/study-in-the-uk

Please email [email protected] for details

https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
EU £13000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £13000 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

www.sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre/additional-costs/ Students from EU member states will be eligible for an EU scholarship. Please contact [email protected]

Sponsorship information

If your household income is under £32,960 you could receive a bursary of up to £750 per annum. This can be used to help towards travel costs, books and equipment or anything else that will help you during your course. Depending on the financial information disclosed in your Student Loan application, UCS may make an automatic bursary award based on specific criteria as set out in our Access and Participation Plan. If this is not the case you may still be able to apply for financial support to the UCS HE Hardship fund by completing a Bursary Application Form (available from end of |Term 1). For more information please [email protected].

Agriculture at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS