FdSc Applied Agriculture Science


Course Title: FdSc Applied Agriculture Science
Course Code: AG072

Department: Agriculture
Course Type: Degree Level

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.


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 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

Next Steps

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

Career Ops

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 Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+
24-Sep-19 29-Jul-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Degree Level Tue - Thu ££7,500.00 ££7,500.00

Course Length

Additional Costs

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

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Material Required

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