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Agricultural Business Management with Placement Year University of Reading Degree level: Undergraduate

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The BSc Agricultural Business Management with Placement Year 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).

The difference between this degree and BSc Agricultural Business Management is that it includes a year in industry that is taken between the second and final year.

This is a multi-disciplinary degree programme combining the study of management with agricultural science. 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 and 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.

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.

Careers

The University of Reading has an outstanding reputation with employers, and graduates are headhunted for key management roles.

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.

Course details

Modules

Sample modules can 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

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 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.

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code DN42
Institution code R12
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
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

Test Grade Additional details
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

http://www.reading.ac.uk/ad-EnglishTests.aspx


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,815 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Any decision on raising tuition fees for new UK/EU students starting in September 2019 would require the approval of both Houses of Parliament before it enters law. Currently, we do not expect an increase to occur, but will contact you if there is any change.

Provider information

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University of Reading
Whiteknights House
PO Box 217
Reading
RG6 6AH


Clearing contact details

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Course contact details

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