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BSc (Hons) Agriculture – Crop Production

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.

Develop industry-standard skills in crop production and soil management. Explore new technologies and learn to produce more product with less resource. Gain plenty of industry experience, study a semester abroad and graduate with the skills you need for your career. 

You'll benefit from your own 360-hectare classroom, gaining hands-on experience with crops on our own commercial farm, Home Farm. You’ll also have opportunities to strengthen your CV through work placements with supermarkets, plant breeders and agronomists across the UK and further afield.

Central to the degree is food production – producing more output with less input, while optimising profit margins in a competitive industry. You’ll learn how to develop a sustainable business without impacting too much on natural resources. Crop production and soil management will be part of all three years, as you explore new environmentally friendly technologies including direct drilling and plant breeding techniques and genetically modified organisms (GMO), as well as organic growing.

From your second year, you’ll develop skills in growing, managing and maintaining crops. This includes designing and implementing nutrient management and crop protection plans. If you’re keen to pursue agronomy in your career, you could also achieve the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection during this year.

Business modules will give you good knowledge of the latest farm management practices and policies including recruitment, finance, legislation, marketing and more. This will prepare you to set up your own enterprise or to progress into a professional role for an employer.

Industry opportunities

Gaining industry experience and connections is essential on this degree. You'll undertake a number of work placements and spend your final year almost entirely in industry. Recent work placements have included subsistence farming in Uganda, roles at DLF Seeds Ltd, as well as arable farms in the UK. If you're interested in international systems, you could study a semester of your degree in the USA or Canada. Students also gain insights from professionals in lectures and at conferences. Recent guest lecturers include professionals from Sainsbury's and recent trips include CropTech.

You'll have the opportunity to achieve the BASIS Certificate in Crop Production as part of your degree - you'll need to register and sit an exam which you'll need to self fund.

This course is ideal for those who...

Want to progress into a crop management career, helping to increase food production in a sustainable way whilst making a profit.

Learning and assessment

This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study. You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

As an agriculture graduate you may well progress into agricultural management roles. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Agronomist
  • Farm management
  • Agricultural consultancy
  • Food security and safety
  • Food purchasing
  • Agricultural charities

Is there an integrated placement year option?

Three years full-time (four years with integrated placement year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

3 Year
3 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

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

A-level | Typical offer is CCC-BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A-levels.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a MMM-DMM 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 is desirable.

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?

At Hartpury University, 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.

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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre.

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