Royal Agricultural University

Rural Land Management with Foundation Year Royal Agricultural University Degree level: Undergraduate

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This course offers proven routes to rewarding careers within rural business, estate management consultancy and property in the countryside. Bidwells, Strutt and Parker, Carter Jonas, Savills, Fisher German and Brown & Co are some of the nationally-recognised businesses our graduates have gone on to work for - and so could you.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), you will learn the fundamentals of rural professional practice as well as law, valuation, building constructions and management, and planning and development. You will develop an essential understanding of wider business management to enable you to provide effective advice about farm estate and other rural businesses while gaining an overall understanding of the multi-functionality of rural practice.

Course Structure
We are now offering this degree course with a foundation year that will give you the opportunity to gain the experience and skills you will need before progressing on to the traditional parts of the programme.

In the first year of your four year programme you will be developing your academic and team-working skills and gaining confidence in written work; handling numerical and statistical data, and ICT. You will be introduced to a range of rural land use topics including, learning about the agricultural year; mapping; laboratory skills, and you will have the opportunity to gain competence in a range of practical skills. The year will help you to make the transition to being an independent learner, and perhaps an entrepreneur. Successful completion of the foundation year will allow you to proceed onto Year 1 of the course.

You will learn through a series of lectures, seminars, group tutorials, practical sessions and visits to local farms, commercial properties and rural estates.

Modules are assessed through a range of coursework, often based on real-life case studies and sponsored by land management firms, which help you to see the practical application of the subjects you are studying. In your third year, case studies are supplied by practicing surveyors from their own portfolios of work.

You will complete a Research Project in a subject area of specific interest. The course is also flexible and it is possible to transfer on to the Real Estate degree if certain conditions are met.

Work Placement
In your first and second year, you are encouraged to organise your own work experience and internships during the holidays with assistance from our Careers Team. Many national and local firms offer paid summer internships.

Although not a formal part of the course, at the end of your second year you will have the option to undertake a work placement year, before returning to complete your studies.

Whilst not a pre-condition for entry, you are encouraged to undertake some practical farming experience and professional work experience with a rural surveyor before embarking on your programme of study. A close understanding of agriculture, from the perspective of a farmer, is fundamental to a future career as an adviser on rural property matters. The Programme Manager will be happy to provide further guidance to you about the type of work experience that would be particularly suitable for your individual circumstances.

Course details

Professional bodies

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

  • Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institution of

How to apply

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 N230
Institution code R54
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points
Scottish Higher Plus National 5 English language and mathematics at grade C
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Essential: Five subjects at GCSE grade C/4 including English language and mathematics


English language requirements

Recommended - IELTS Academic overall 6 with no element below 5.5. Other recognised tests of English language may be considered.

English language requirements can be found on our website at the link below.

https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/international/international-students


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,000 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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Royal Agricultural University
Stroud Road
Cirencester
GL7 6JS


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01285 889912