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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Applied Agriculture

Make the most of your own 360-hectare classroom complete with its own commercial farm and learning centre. Benefit from international learning opportunities and partnerships with big brands.

Three years full-time (four years with sandwich year)

Part-time options available

The Applied Agricultural degree will give you the grounding and knowledge the industry requires and the practical skills to allow you to hit the ground running the day you start out on your dream career.

You’ll be exposed to real-world situations through being 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.


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!

How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language and Mathematics

A Level | Typical offer is CCC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels preferably in a Biological Science and excludes General Studies

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects/grades | Typical offer is a MMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

Some evidence of practical experience in agriculture or similar land based studies.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Why study Agriculture at Hartpury University Centre?

At Hartpury University Centre, you’ll be given the knowledge, practical skills and work experience to stand out from the crowd when you graduate, whether you go into farming or a range of other careers in the land-based industries.

We’ll help you to understand and evaluate scientific thinking and practices and the increasing role of technology within agriculture plus we’ll give you the support and skills you need to develop new ideas and research that place you firmly at the forefront of your chosen field.

Honing your practical skills on our 360-hectare campus, you’ll become confident and competent in a range of practices on the college farm and you’ll be taught by specialists with many years of experience in small teaching groups.

Our extensive on-site and off-site commercial activities, coupled with our contacts and partnerships within the industry locally, nationally and internationally, also provide students with plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and learn within real-world environments.

Our graduates have gone on to become farm and estate managers, agronomists, agricultural advisors and sales managers and lecturers, while others have started up their own businesses or supported their family farm to diversify successfully.

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.