Agricultural Science at SRUC Scotland's Rural College - UCAS

Agricultural Science

SRUC Scotland's Rural College

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

Course summary

Throughout this course you will develop a strong foundation in the biology and biochemistry of animals, plants and microorganisms and gain an understanding of approaches to raise standards of animal welfare and protect against livestock disease epidemics. You will gain knowledge and understanding of crops and livestock production and approaches to increase agricultural productivity. You will develop specialist knowledge of livestock breeding, nutrition and disease control, crop nutrition and protection, soil science and biotechnology. You will gain an understanding of measures to reduce the environmental impact of agricultural systems and learn skills to apply biological knowledge, understanding and analytical techniques to solve problems in the agricultural industry. You will learn practical, laboratory and research techniques required by the agricultural bioscience sector, ensuring that the skills you have to offer prospective employers are up to the minute.

Course details


Course Content – Year 1: Core Modules: • Cell Biology: Theory and Practice • Biochemistry: Theory and Practice • Microorganisms: Growth, Activity and Significance • Chemistry and Physics for the Life Sciences • Quality and Health & Safety Systems in Science Industries • Information Technology Applications Software 1 • Livestock Physiology • Livestock Breeding • Livestock Growth, Health and Welfare • Arable Crop Production • Plant Physiology • Biotechnology: An Introduction • Environmental Awareness • Bioscience Graded Unit (Project) • Soils and Crop Establishment. Course Content – Year 2: Core modules: • Livestock Nutrition • Livestock Production Systems • Livestock Health: Approaches to Disease Control • Land Use Systems • Farm Manures, Wastes and the Environment • Business Management: An Introduction • Statistics for Science 2 • Grass and Fodder Crop Production • Plant Protection • Plant Protection: Integrated Approaches • Agro-ecosystems: Energetic Efficiency • Soils and Plant Nutrition • Graded Unit Level 8 (Project) • Graded Unit Level 8 (Examination) Year 2. Elective modules: one of the following: • Farm Scale Renewable Energy • Agricultural Produce: Quality and Processing • Specialised Field Crops.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Application codes

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Course code007D
Institution code S01
Campus nameAyr
Campus codeY

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level DE To include Biology or Chemistry
Scottish Higher CC To include Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Science
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H4, H4 to include Biology, Chemistry or Agricultural Science
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants should be able to offer National 5 (A-C) or equivalent pass in English (for literacy) and Maths (for numeracy)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Achieving at least 5.0 in each component

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6950 Year 1
Wales £6950 Year 1
Channel Islands £6950 Year 1
EU £1285 Year 1
Scotland £1285 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish and EU 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.
Agricultural Science at SRUC Scotland's Rural College - UCAS