Course type:
Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land-based Studies – Agriculture)

If you’re looking to come to university but don’t quite have the right qualifications to study at degree level, then the Access to Higher Education Diploma is the ideal progression route.

We will provide you with the necessary study skills and field specific grounding so you go on to succeed at your chosen agriculture degree.
As well as being taught by our academic staff you will have access to our wide variety of student facilities including the College's Home Farm estate and animal collections. You will also have full access to our Higher Education learning zone and fully equipped libraries.

The Access to HE Diploma is made up of core units which include science, business, research projects and higher education study skills. The agriculture route also has two specialist units which focus specifically on livestock and crop production. For students starting the course without a level two qualification in English or maths, there will also be the opportunity to study towards separate English and maths qualifications.

You will demonstrate your learning in a variety of ways for each unit. This may include observed practicals, presentations, short reports and exams. On the successful completion of each unit, you will gain credits which will count towards your diploma.

The course runs from September to June each year. You will need to commit to 15 hours a week of contact time over a full academic year. In addition, you will need to invest a similar number of hours for your personal study.

Teaching will take place from Wednesday to Friday, with the teaching day usually starting at 10.30am and finishing usually at 4.30pm. Some on-site study outside of these times may be required to fit in with the farm routine, e.g. milking or lambing.

Tuition fees

You may be entitled to a fee remission if you are receiving certain benefits or to have your tuition fees waived if this is your first level 3 qualification and you are under 24 years of age on the 1st September of the year you wish to study.

UK Students aged 19 to 23 years of age: £5,000 (2017 September entry)

UK Students aged 24 and over: £5,000 (2017 September entry)

UK Students aged 24+ may be eligible to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of their fees. These loans may not require repayment if you then continue onto, and complete, a degree. Find out more here.

There are also government backed loans for students who are 19-23, details yet to be confirmed.

As government backed funding is always changing please be aware that this information is a guideline only and is subject to change beyond our control.  Please phone us to discuss your circumstances and what financial support may be available.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
Duration:
1 Year course
Course type:
Part Time

Entry Requirements

Access

Each application is evaluated on its own merits, with applicants being 19 and over on 1st September in the year they wish to study. English and maths skills should be at a GCSE grade D or above, or the applicant should be able to demonstrate a comparable level of skill achieved through their work experience. The learning on the course is supported by the use of online resources, so an average level of computer literacy is required.

Additional

All applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their personal situation and long term university goals with a member of the Diploma academic team.

Why study Agriculture at Hartpury College?

Whether you’re studying Agriculture, Engineering, Farm Mechanisation or Gamekeeping, our 500-hectare farm estate will be your classroom.

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of farming and estate operation; whether it’s milking in the dairy unit, maintaining farm machinery or active participation in routine farm and gamekeeping duties.

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