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.
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 Gloucestershire, Suffolk and Cornwall. 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.
As an agriculture graduate you may well progress into agricultural management roles. Recent graduate destinations have included:
- 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)