Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Applied Agriculture: New for September 2017 (subject to validation)



Course Overview

The Applied Agriculture degree has been designed by agriculturists to produce the next generation of capable, creative farmers with the knowledge and skills to push forward best practice. This unique programme design takes full advantage of Hartpury’s facilities and links with business and engages students in real-life research.

You’ll be immersed in the work of our own commercial home farm, through lectures and visits by industry experts and having access to the significant academic and industry contacts that Hartpury enjoys.

From the outset, you’ll develop the core skills for employment with a focus on developing industry-relevant competencies to build your skills portfolio and to prepare you for your work placement. This will include support to complete professional certificates on-site such as your PA1 and PA2 (pesticide application), which we know are prized by employers.

In your second year, optional modules will enable you to tailor your degree and you’ll spend time off site gaining skills and knowledge of practices from a range of farms and companies, which will enrich your experience and expand your horizons. This will be through a designated study tour or undertaking an optional semester or year abroad with our partner universities in the USA, New Zealand, Australia or Canada.

Between years two and three, an optional sandwich year is offered where students can practice their skills anywhere in the world using Hartpury’s extensive industry links and contacts. This is designed to be flexible around your commitments and your career ambitions.

The unique final year focuses on applying theory and research skills in the workplace with most of your time spent on placement days within the industry, so you can experience how technology is being integrated and to use the skills you have already gained. Your dissertation and independent study modules will link to your placement and although you’ll be fully supported by our academic team, you will only need to attend Hartpury on limited occasions.

Throughout the programme, you’ll be exposed to the latest research and industry practice, developing the ability to critically question and evaluate, considering the impact on the financial bottom line. Plus the research skills you develop will prepare you for postgraduate study if you choose not to go straight into the workplace.

Did you know?

Our Agriculture students can complete their agricultural work placements overseas and have previously gained industry experience in New Zealand and Uganda. So whether you’re interested in looking at best practice in lamb production on the other side of the world, to get a foot in the door working with an international agricultural company or to gain skills and knowledge that will help you set up your own business, the sandwich year is a fantastic option! 

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. 

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Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English language, Mathematics and a Science

Tariff points range

240 (typical offer)

A level subjects grades

Two A2s (typical offer would be CC or equivalent).

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades


International Baccalaureate

24 Points




We welcome students with equivalent qualifications. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

In Brief


3 Years

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 entry 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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