Degree Level


Course Title: FdSc Applied Agriculture Science
Course Code: AG072

Department: Degree Level
Course Type: Full time

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 Applied Agriculture Science

Course Content

Year 1
Introduction to Business Management
Introductio to Soil and Environmental Science
Introduction to Crop Science
Introduction to Livestock Science
Agricultural Mechanisation
Study and Research 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
Sustainable Agronomy and Livestock Production
Applied Breeding and Population Genetics
Experimental Field Trial Design and Analysis

Entry Requirements

A maximum of 64 UCAS tariff points equivalent to grade 4 / C in A Level Biology or MPP in Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) Agriculture/ Animal Management or MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma Agriculture/ Animal Management. 5 GCSEs grade 4 / 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: Agronomist 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

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
23-Sep-20 29-Jul-22 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Tue - Thu
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+
£7,500.00 £7,500.00 £7,500.00

Additional Costs

Personal protective equipment, week-long study tour, external trips to UK farms.

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Personal protective equipment (overalls, steel toe-capped wellington boots, steel toe-capped work boots, appropriate outdoor clothing). General stationery.


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