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BSc (Hons)

Agriculture

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In the UK for Agriculture, forestry and food
in The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • UCAS code(s): D406 / D407
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: Three years full-time or four years with placement

This course focuses on innovative approaches to agriculture, providing you with the skills and knowledge needed to apply sustainable agriculture practices and play a part in global food security.

Why choose this course?

  • Study at our Brackenhurst Campus - a 200-hectare working farm and rural estate.
  • This course has been co-designed with the National Trust, one of the largest land owners in the UK.
  • We're ranked third in the UK for agriculture, forestry and food courses (Guardian League Table 2019).
  • You'll have access to specialist equipment for exploring agriculture both in the field and in the laboratory.

What you'll study

Our world is changing. Feeding an increasing population against a backdrop of different weather patterns induced by climate change presents a future challenge to the farming industry. We must adopt innovative and sustainable approaches whilst providing effective environmental stewardship. This course offers the opportunity to study at the University's 200-hectare farm and rural estate based at our Brackenhurst Campus. Here you'll develop and devise new techniques and technologies to enhance sustainable agricultural production.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn from visits and placements with a range of partner organisations. These will give you a broad knowledge of where the sector is and where it needs to go in the future.

  • Year One

    Livestock Production Systems

    Study the principles of the main livestock systems and how these differ with scale, climate and economic conditions.

    Crop Production Systems

    Study the main crop production systems, including cultivation practices, both in the UK and across the globe.

    Plants and Soil Science

    Develop an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of plants and how they function in relation to their environment. Learn the principles of soil science, and how soils are managed for optimal plant growth.

    Anatomy and Physiology

    Gain a broad understanding of animal structure and function.

    Introduction to the Agricultural Industry

    This module provides an overview of the social and economic environment in which the industry operates. You’ll learn about farm business structures, farm management and accounts. You’ll also get an introduction to farm management software.

    Livestock Reproduction and Genetics

    Investigate livestock reproduction, including the anatomy of lactation and the management of reproduction in herds and flocks.

  • Year Two

    Contemporary Issues in Agriculture

    Explore the current economic and political climate in which the agriculture industry operates. Issues explored include the sustainability of food supply chains, and food security.

    Experimental Design and Analysis

    This module will introduce you to research methodology, hypothesis testing, statistical analysis and data presentation.

    Animal Nutrition and Health

    Learn about feedstuffs and gain an insight into animal nutrition. This module will also cover pathogens, animal health, and antibiotic resistance

    Crop Nutrition, Health and Protection

    Gain a sound understanding of the health and diseases that affect crops. You’ll learn about using nutrients and fertilizers.

    Land Use Ecology

    Explore land uses such as farming and forestry, whose productivity is determined by the presence and products of ecological processes, and the impacts of humans upon them.

    You'll also choose one optional module. Examples include:

    • Farm Performance Management
    • Applied Habitat Management
    • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis
  • Year Three

    This is a placement year for students on the four-year course.

  • Final year

    Dissertation

    Undertake independent research under supervision. Focus on your own area of interest within agriculture.

    Advances in Livestock and Crop Production

    Investigate agricultural resources and environments and find solutions to global challenges such as soil degradation.

    Sustainable Management of the Agriculture Environment

    Investigate agricultural resources and environments and find solutions to global challenges such as soil degradation.

    You'll also choose two optional modules. Examples include:

    • Global Agriculture and Food Security
    • Innovations in Energy
    • Application of Remote Sensing
    • Business Management

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

Covid-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid 19.

96% of students would agree the staff are good at explaining things (School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, National Student Survey 2020)

Careers and employability

Your future career

This course has been designed to allow you to enter this exciting industry in a range of roles. You'll be able to use your expertise to either work in farming at a managerial level, or in the allied industries in roles such as a farm advisor or crop protection specialist. There will also be opportunities for careers for those specialising in sustainable production, environmental protection and agricultural conservation.

Placement opportunities

Between year two and three you'll have the opportunity to take a placement year. Typical work experience takes place on farms, in agricultural research stations and in allied industries such as seed merchants, agricultural consultancies and advisory services.

95% of students would agree the Library resources have supported their learning well (School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, National Student Survey 2020)

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - BBC, including a Science subject; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM, including relevant science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in a science subject; and
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4.

For this course we accept the following Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology and Environmental Studies.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

The UCAS Tariff

We've created a UCAS Tariff calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our International Team for advice.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK, and a maximum of £300 for compulsory overseas residential field courses, as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at full cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

International fees and scholarships

For information on international and EU fees and advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees page.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK, and a maximum of £300 for compulsory overseas residential field courses, as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at full cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

Still need help?

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