Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

Agriculture (Top Up)



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Course Overview

The one year BSc (Hons) Agriculture degree programme will enable students to top up their Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma to a full Batchelor’s (Honours) degree. This degree programme is designed for those with qualifications in and wishing to pursue careers in the agricultural sector and allied industries.

Alongside equipping students with the necessary theoretical and academic skills to succeed, we also concentrate on developing vocational and practical skills to give students the best possible chance of securing their dream job. During the year, this top up degree programme will focus on sustainability and sustainable management of the natural resources used in agriculture to ensure that an ever increasing global population has sufficient food available whilst conserving valuable resources for future farming generations.

The understanding, skills and management techniques developed on the degree programme are transferable across regional, national and international borders opening up opportunities for employment throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and further afield.

Here at Hartpury we pride ourselves in producing professional graduates within the land/agriculture/farming sector. Our graduates are ready to hit the ground running in the workplace, having developed their skills highly experienced staff who have extensive subject/industry/research expertise. They also benefit from input from guest lecturers and speakers from within industry and the excellent facilities at Hartpury, including Home Farm - a fully commercial mixed farm.

Details of Hartpury's Home Farm can be found by clicking here

Past graduates have gone on to secure excellent jobs in a number of differing sectors, including farm management, machinery sales, agricultural and environmental consultancy, education and sustainable management

This top-up degree programme can be completed full time in one year. Part time routes are available and should be planned with your programme manager. 

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Entry Requirements


A foundation degree or HND in a land-based related subject


For the most up to date information on your programme, you can find your course information sheet here

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,250
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9250

International: £11,250
Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2017 now. Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The Hartpury UCAS code is H22. If you feel that you have accredited prior learning please contact us to discuss your application.
If you want to study this degree on a part-time basis, please apply directly to Hartpury. Contact the Admissions team on +44 (0) 1452 702244 or email admissions@hartpury.ac.uk  to request a part-time university application form.

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    • Applied research project
    • Investigative skills for the successful undergraduate
    • Undergraduate independent study
    • Emerging issues in agriculture
    • Sustainable crop production
    • Advanced animal production
    • Sustainable management of natural resources 

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Graduate profile : Patrick Graf-Grote, Sales at Grimme, Germany


About my job

I work for Grimme, the largest potato, sugar beet and vegetable machinery

producer in the world. I’m working on sales to new markets in China,

Mongolia and North and South America. I’ve been demonstrating new

products, going to customers on a daily basis, driving the machine under

their conditions, getting feedback and ultimately generating sales.

I started applying for jobs during my last year at Hartpury. I went to Agritechnica

which is a big machinery show in Germany, and made contact with Grimme.

I’ve been lucky enough to have been offered a permanent contract now.

Why I chose Hartpury

I started a sports degree at another university, but it wasn’t for me. I wanted

to do agriculture and Hartpury has a good reputation for both rugby and

agriculture. When I got to Hartpury, I loved it. One of the best things is that

you work in small groups.

We also did the Grassroutes Programme, where we competed against eight

other university teams to pitch our business strategy to a panel of experts from

the agriculture industry. That was a really good chance to get out there and

challenge ourselves. We did a lot of presentations where we needed to know

our subject and offer our opinion which is a massive benefit when you leave.

What machinery companies often lack is that knowledge of the farmer on the

ground and that’s something I got through the course at Hartpury.

My Advice

Work experience is very important. Networking, getting out there and

showing people your face and going to places that aren’t necessarily home.

I think it’s important to do a wide variety of things, taking part in extras

outside the academic programme.

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Career Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to follow careers in agriculture and farm management, business management within the agriculture, countryside and rural land industries. The college has close links with industry which enable a combination of academic and employability skills.

Students who complete this course have the opportunity to work as:

  • Land Agents
  • Farm Managers
  • Agronomists
  • Natural England Advisers
  • Dairy Unit Managers
  • Farm Business Consultants
  • Agricultural Lecturers
  • Grain Traders
  • International Machinery Dealership