*BSc (Hons) Agriculture
UCAS Code: D401
Revised for 2020, our BSc Agriculture course recognises the changes in UK agriculture in the wake of the new agriculture policy and the threat of climate change. While the broad themes of the course are food production systems & precision farming, the economic, social and environmental sustainability of practices are recognised and evaluated as are the links to food security, consumer behaviour and supply chains.
The significance of food production and its value to society has been highlighted by the coronavirus crisis while the increasing awareness of environmental issues surrounding farming has meant that the industry has come under increasing scrutiny. As the principle of 'public money for public goods' becomes the core driver of policy the industry will need multidisciplinary practitioners who can link profitable resilient production with meeting wider societal objectives.
This course integrates all aspects of arable and livestock farming with a wider understanding of the environment and society in which production will be taking place.
Essential graduate and professional skills, including entrepreneurship, farm management including a sound understanding of diversification, underpin all modules.
Throughout the course, delivery will parallel developments within the sector, paying close attention to innovation and novel production systems to ensure that graduates are employment ready, are informed and able to contribute to decision making at a farm, company or policy making level.
|SEMESTER 1||SEMESTER 2|
|Graduate, Professional Skills
|Principles of Sustainable Development
|Introduction to Livestock and Production Systems
|New Integrated Production Systems
Sustainable cropping inclusive of field, urban and protected growing
|Climate, Soils and Land Use
|New Agribusiness Management
|SEMESTER 3||SEMESTER 4|
|Academic and Professional Development
|Political and Economic Contexts
|New International Value Chain
|Livestock Production Systems
|New Issues and Solutions In Crop Production
Detailed agronomy for specific crops
|Fresh Produce Production
|SEMESTER 5||SEMESTER 6|
|Natural Resources Management
|Precision Livestock Farming
|Developments in Livestock Production
|Integrating Science and Crop Management
These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, modules may be subject to change for the following reasons:
- Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
- In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
- Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
- The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.
The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.
The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.
UCAS Tariff Points
GCE A Levels
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)
C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080)
C & G Level 3 Diploma
An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.
All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.
Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)
The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.
- Farm walks and practicals
- Seminars and debates
- Inquiry-based learning
- Farm visits
- Online quizzes, wikis and activities
- Laboratory practical classes including dissections
Students are assessed in a variety of ways many of which are centred on the College farm, these include.
- Practical assessments with both livestock and crops
- Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
- Presentations - both individually and in small groups
- Essays and technical reports
- Assessed seminars
- Case studies
- Experimental work and laboratory reports
- Poster presentations
This list of careers below are those that graduates from this programme have been successful in.
- Farm Manager
- Animal nutritionist
- Land agent
- Nutrition company sales representative
- Veterinary pharmaceutical and equipment supplies
- Post-graduate study