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

BSc (Hons) Sustainable Food Production (Fresh Produce) with Foundation Year
UCAS Code:DF62

BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Regenerative Systems and Livestock) with Foundation Year
UCAS Code:DF54

BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Regenerative Systems) with Foundation Year
UCAS Code:DF09

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.

(30 credits)
Natural Resources Management
(15 credits)
Optional UK / European study tour or equivalent
Crop Management Technologies
(15 credits)
Global Trends in Production
(15 credits)
International Trade and Markets
(15 credits)
Sustainable Business Solutions
(30 credits)



Optional modules
Students can select one 30 credit optional module from stage two.

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.


Applicants should have achieved 5 GCSEs at Grade 4/C 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

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