Course Title: FdSc Agriculture Science
Course Code: AG072

Department: Agriculture
Course Type: Higher Education

Due to the multitude of challenges facing the agricultural industry and an increasing awareness of the relationship between farming, food production, tourism, the environment and rural affairs, there is currently a shortage of highly skilled and qualified professionals within the industry. This foundation degree programme will prepare you for a career in agriculture, by combining applied scientific and research skills with an in-depth knowledge of livestock technology and crop science. Furthermore, it will support the government's commitment to agriculture through its Agri-Tech strategy.

You will develop a scientific understanding of the nutrition, physiology, behaviour, health and welfare of farm production animals and the impact that their environment has on them. You will also learn about crop science and productivity at a genetic, field and farm level. You will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to apply scientific knowledge and innovative technology to optimise crop and animal production and develop an understanding of the issues affecting sustainable agriculture at both a global and UK level.



FdSc Agriculture Science

Course Content

Year 1
Introduction to Business Management
Soil and Environmental Science
Crop Production Science
Livestock Production Science
Agricultural Mechanisation
Study andRresearch Skills
Agricultural Policy and Legislation
Animal Health and Disease

Year 2
Core Modules
Agricultural Research Project
Professional Practice
Applied Livestock Production
Applied Crop Production
Farm Business Management

Option Modules (2 units from below)
Livestock Production Disease
Applied Animal Nutrition and Reproduction
Sustaibale Agronomy and Livestock Production
Appled Breeding and Population Genetics
Experimental Field Trial and Analysis

Entry Requirements

A maximum of 64 UCAS tariff points equivalent to grade C in A Level Biology or Merit in Level 3 Extended Diploma Agriculture or MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma Agriculture.
5 GCSEs grade C or above including English, Maths or Science.
150 hours work experience on a commercial farm.

Next Steps

Top Up opportunites are at the Royal Agricultural University in BSc (Hons) programmes in Agriculture and Agricultural Management.

Career Opportunities

About 70% of the UK's land area is given over to agriculture, so this is a subject representing an important part of the country's economy. The opportunities for graduates from this course are potentially very broad and typical starting jobs for graduates in agriculture include crop and livestock science, farming and farm management, consultancy and research, but also, less obviously, surveying, estates work, heritage and conservation.
Examples of jobs include:
Arable Trials Officer
Agricultural Land officer
Commercial Nutritionist
Crop Trials Officer
Dairy Management Consultant
Formulations Manager Animal Feed
Farm Management Consultant
Farm Liaison Manager
Food and Farming Consultants
Livestock Analyst
Livestock Consultant
Pig Manager
Poultry Processing Plant Manager
Research Associate
Ruminant Technical Sales Specialist
Specialist Advisor
Seed Production Manager
Senior Dairy Cow Technical Feed Sales Executive
Technical Sales Animal Nutrition
Technical Seeds Specialist
Technical Ruminant Specialist