Certificate of Higher Education in Agriculture - Writtle University College
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Certificate of Higher Education in Agriculture

UCAS Code: D405

Revised for 2020, our Certificate of Higher Education in 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.

This one year full time or two year part time Certificate of course provides a taster of studying Agriculture at higher education level. It is the first year of our BSc (Hons) Agriculture and covers aspects of arable and livestock farming with a wider understanding of the environment and society in which production will be taking place.

Students will also acquire the study skills necessary to enable them to progress to a higher award if desired.

Key

OPTIONAL MODULES

Optional modules
Students can select 30 credits of optional modules from stage one.

Note
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.

 
UCAS Tariff Points
48
GCE A Levels
48 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
Irish Certificate
48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher
Scottish Highers
48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
PPP
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
MP

Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.

GCSEs

All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Farm walks and practicals
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Seminars and debates
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Farm and business visits
  • Online quizzes, wikis and activities
  • Case studies

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
  • Debates
  • Dissertation

This list of careers below are those that graduates from this programme have been successful in.

  • Farm Manager
  • Agronomist
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Land agent
  • Nutrition company sales representative
  • Veterinary pharmaceutical and equipment supplies
  • Post-graduate study