Foundation Year (Agriculture)

Studying for a degree with an integrated foundation year will offer you a supportive environment if you have been out of education for a few years or do not have the necessary UCAS points from your recent course of study.

The Foundation Year (Agriculture) is the first year of a four-year undergraduate degree. Following the completion of the foundation year students will progress onto their pre chosen agriculture degree pathway.

Students can choose from the following integrated foundation year agriculture degree courses.

BSc (Hons) Agriculture (with Foundation Year)
UCAS Code:DF02

Please note:
Following successful completion, students will progress to the next year of their pre chosen Agriculture degree course programme.

Please see our Agriculture degree course programmes below for details of modules taught following the foundation year.


Applicants should have achieved 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, to include English and preferably Maths. Equivalent qualifications in lieu of GCSEs may also be considered. Consideration is also given to applicants who have significant industry experience, but no formal qualifications. Applications from mature candidates are welcomed.

UCAS Tariff Points
32 tariff points.
GCE A Levels
Minimum 32 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A Level grade E or above.
Irish Certificate
32 UCAS tariff points in the Irish Leaving Certificate. This must include a minimum of one Highers at H4 or above.
Scottish Highers
32 UCAS tariff points in Scottish Highers. This must include a minimum of one Higher grade D or above.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
32 UCAS tariff points in an IB Diploma, to include a minimum of one Higher at H3 or above. This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of Standard Level S3 if equivalent GCSE's have not been obtained.

Overseas students:

Considered on individual merit and level of qualifications / evidence of English language ability. International students will need an IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5 in all elements.

Mature Students:

We particularly welcome applications from mature students, each application is considered on its own merit.

Students are taught using a variety of learning and teaching methods, depending on your chosen agriculture degree course these include.

  • Farm walks and practicals
  • Animal handling practical's involving work with a wide range of farm livestock
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Seminars and debates
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Farm visits
  • Online quizzes, wikis and activities
  • Case studies
  • Laboratory practical classes including dissections

Students are assessed in a variety of ways many of which are centred on the College farm, depending on your chosen agriculture degree course these include.

  • Practical assessments with farm livestock
  • Practical assessments with crops
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Presentations - both individually and in small groups
  • Essays and technical reports
  • Assessed seminars
  • Case studies
  • Business plans
  • Experimental work and laboratory reports
  • Poster presentations
  • Debates
  • Dissertation