University of Reading has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
The BSc Agricultural Business Management degree will enable you to become a successful manager or consultant within the agricultural sector.
The University of Reading is the highest-ranking UK university for this subject area and ranked 9th globally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 (Agriculture & Forestry).
This is a multi-disciplinary degree programme combining the study of management with agricultural science, giving you an understanding of the economic and business principles that underlie management and its application to agricultural and other businesses. You will gain skills in critical observation and analysis of financial and business management systems to go along with practical knowledge and commercial expertise.
You will develop these skills through contact with a variety of industry professionals, with talks delivered by farm consultancies such as Savills, visits to a wide range of farming business and rural estates including Waitrose’s Leckford Estate and The Royal Farms. There are also opportunities to attend farming and rural conferences and seminars, and chances to network and build relationships while you learn.
In one of our most popular modules you will provide strategic advice to farm businesses. The businesses do listen to your opinion, and take note of your recommendations. You will also complete a week-long study tour to a different part of the country to look at different farming enterprises as part of this degree.
In the final year, your dissertation allows you to choose a subject that inspires and interests you. This could involve a farm, including your home farm, research at the University or an enterprise that you’ve had contact with during the course.
Outside of the curriculum, the student-run Agri-club runs the UK’s largest student conference. It gives you the opportunity to debate key issues like food security and self-sufficiency and get your voice heard.
he University of Reading has an outstanding reputation with employers, and graduates are headhunted for key management roles. We are recognised for giving our students an excellent starting point for the development of a vast range of careers in agricultural and land-based industries in the UK and overseas.
Graduates from this course become managers, trainee managers and employees in a range of farming enterprises. Graduates also work in agricultural contracting, land agency and farm consultancy, financial, accountancy and agricultural banking services, in the UK and overseas.
Graduates work with companies including AB Agri, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Savills, Strutt and Parker, MDS Ltd, The Farm Consultancy Group, Farmcare and Velcourt Farm Management. The Royal Farms have also taken a graduate from the University of Reading directly into a farm management role.
Sample modules may include:
- British agriculture in practice
- Economics 1
- Economics 2
- Humans and the environment
- Introduction to agricultural and food systems
- Introduction to crop production
- Introduction to livestock production systems
- Introduction to management
- Introduction to marketing
- Quantitative methods 1
Check our website for more details of the course structure.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABB - BBB|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
|to 15 Level 3 Units at Distinction and 30 Level 3 Units at Merit|
|Scottish Higher||AABBB - ABBBB|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, M2, M2 - M2, M2, M2|
|Extended Project||B||In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer. Eligible applicants would receive two offers, our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 - 30 points|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H3|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||DDM|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A - B||The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the grade achieved.|
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B||We require a grade B or 193 overall.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||We require a grade C or 200 overall.|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Institution's Own Test||6.5||Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|PTE Academic||64.0||We require a minimum score of 64 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.|
|Trinity ISE||Merit||We require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.|
Full list of acceptable English Language Tests
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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Clearing contact details
0118 402 0900
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
0118 378 8372