SRUC Scotland's Rural College

Agriculture SRUC Scotland's Rural College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Scottish Qualifications Authority trading as SQA


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Course summary

Throughout this course you will develop an overview of all agricultural systems including livestock, crops and farm buildings and machinery, along with the essential skills necessary to run a successful farm business. You will develop an understanding of how agriculture relates to animal welfare, environmental and conservation issues. The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a careers at supervisory/junior management level within agricultural industries, or for self employment in farming or other land-based sectors. Upon successful completion of this course students may apply to join year 3 of the BSc/BSc (Hons) Agriculture course.

Course details


Year 1: Arable Crop Production; Crop Protection and Harvesting Mechanisation; Environmental Awareness; Farm Power; Financial Records for Business; Graded Unit Agriculture: Project; Grass and Fodder Crop Production; Information Technology: Applications Software; Land Use Systems; Livestock Breeding; Livestock Growth, Health and Welfare; Livestock Husbandry and Recording; Livestock Production Systems; Plant Protection; Soils and Crop Establishment

Year 2: Core Modules: Year 2: Core Modules: Agricultural Produce: Quality and Processing; Crop and Livestock Mechanisation Farm Buildings and Controlled Environments; Farm Manures, Wastes and the Environment; Graded Unit Agriculture: Business Case Study; Graded Unit: Agriculture Exam; Livestock Management Systems; Livestock Nutrition; Pasture Management; Planning, Budgeting and Control; Plant Protection: Integrated Approaches; Using Financial Accounting Statements

Elective Modules (choose 3): Agricultural Economics & Marketing; Crop Physiology and Breeding; Developing Skills for Personal Effectiveness; Farm Scale Renewable Energy; Managing Human Resources; Organic Farming Systems; Rural Business Diversification; Specialised Field Crops; Wildlife Management; Work Experience.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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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)

Applications will be considered for Year 2 entry from applicants with an HNC in Agriculture (15 credits). Please contact Admissions Office to discuss further.

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level DE Preferably to include Geography or a Science subject
Scottish Higher CC Preferably to include Geography or a Science subject
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)
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H4, H4 Preferably to include Geography, a Science subject or Agricultural Science

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Achieving at least 5.0 in each component

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6,950 Year 1
EU £1,285 Year 1
International £14,000 Year 1
England £6,950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,950 Year 1
Scotland £1,285 Year 1
Wales £6,950 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.

Provider information

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SRUC Scotland's Rural College
SRUC Edinburgh
West Mains Road

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