Royal Agricultural University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Rural Entrepreneurship and Enterprise with Placement Year

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Course summary

This unique programme is designed for students who have ambitions of starting their own business and want to do so in a supported environment with guidance from specialist lecturers, practising entrepreneurs and industry mentors. Taught elements of the degree will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of operating a business, with a focus on the entrepreneurial and the strategic skills needed to realise ideas in dynamic, international markets while practical components will focus on teaching you how to design, develop and finance your venture. This means that you'll graduate with the ability to start your own company in a wide range of markets or bring entrepreneurial thinking to an established organisation. As a Centre of Excellence for Entrepreneurship, the university has a long history in supporting entrepreneurs, especially within the rural economy. This programme is ideal for those looking to: • Diversify a rural business such as a farm or small holding; • Develop a food business; • Create an agri-food venture; • Start a retail or service business; • Build a rural fashion brand; or • Grow a social networking business. With this course you can: • Learn about idea generation, venture growth and business strategies; • Develop fundamental business skills such as financial and management accounting; • Benefit from hands-on experience of preparing business plans and presenting pitches to investors; and • Choose optional modules that will help you to develop your business management skills in areas such as marketing, organisation management, finance and supply chain management. International Study Tour As part of the 'Entrepreneur in Action' module which is taken in the first year, the entire course of students are taken on a free study tour abroad. In the last three years, students from the School of Business and Entrepreneurship have visited Spain, Bulgaria and Germany. During these study tours we visit entrepreneurs and their businesses with a view to learning the character traits of successful entrepreneurs and how these can be applied to your own personal development. All travel, accommodation and breakfasts are paid for by the University and it provides you with an amazing experience to meet agri-entrepreneurs. There will be a 15 week self-employment start up placement in the second year. During this time students have access to a wide range of university resources including mentors, business incubator and trading opportunities. In addition to this 15-week industry placement, in the third year you will apply and develop your expertise and complete a 12 month period in the workplace. This 12 month placement is designed to enable students to complete a relevant enhanced work placement experience to help them identify future career choices and enhance relevant skills sets sought by employers. The placement allows students to develop a deeper understanding and gain further experience in a relevant business or employment area to enhance their work experience. Students are expected to experience and engage in various aspects of their chosen industry from operational to practical working. Not only could you find yourself working for prestigious companies in the UK or across the world, you will develop confidence and industry contacts for when you graduate. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Course details


Indicative Modules: - Fundamentals of Marketing and Retailing; Developing Academic Skills; Global Business Environment; Business Finance; Idea Development and Validation; Business Informatics; Entrepreneurship in Action; Marketing Management; Venture Growth and Development; Financial Management; Work Placement; Business Strategy; Sales Management; People Management and Organisations; Transition Strategy; Consumer Behaviour; Cultural Issues in Management; Managing Innovation; Critical Issues in Organisations; Corporate Finance; Beverages and Supply Chain (subject to change)

Assessment method

A variety of student-focused and appropriate assessment methods are used in the programme, all of which will enable you to demonstrate your achievements and understanding of issues to the highest level, along with your ability to use specialist study as well as other key skills acquired during your academic studies. You will experience a good balance between formal assessment activities, for example, essays, examinations, multiple-choice tests, oral presentations, group or individual reports, alongside non-assessed tasks and experiences which together contribute to your overall development.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Management Institute

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2021.

If you already have a 2021 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Each applicant is assessed on individual merit and offers can vary. All qualifications that you have already studied or still working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Admissions Office Tel: 01285 889912; or Email: [email protected] for advice.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6none of the four elements below 5.5

International applicants whose first language is not English

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11000 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU placement year fees - £1850 International placement year fees - tbc
Rural Entrepreneurship and Enterprise with Placement Year at Royal Agricultural University - UCAS