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BSc (Hons) Agriculture – Livestock 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 professional skills in livestock farming and management. Explore new technologies that promote animal health, welfare and production. Gain plenty of industry experience and graduate ready 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 be supported to gain industry experience in industry throughout each year on the degree, which is great preparation for your next big step.

You’ll gain new knowledge and practical skills in livestock husbandry and handling, as well as nutrition and disease prevention, welfare and genetics. Compulsory and optional modules in your second year will enable you to explore individual production systems including ruminant production (dairy, beef and sheep) and mono-gastric production (pig and poultry).

Biosecurity is an increasingly important factor in livestock disease prevention. As part of this degree, you’ll be introduced to the effective management of disease outbreaks including foot and mouth, Johnes, Smallenburg and blue tongue. This will prepare you to tackle these issues when you’re working in industry.

Business modules in your second year 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 progress into a professional role for an employer.

Industry opportunities

You'll undertake a work placement during each year on this degree, with your final year spent almost entirely in industry. Work placement opportunities could include work experiences overseas, research opportunities, livestock work within the UK and work within allied industries including supply chain companies and retailers. You could also choose to study a semester of your degree at a partner institution in the USA or Canada. You’ll hear from industry professionals in lectures and undertake field trips to enhance your learning.

This course is ideal for those who...

Want to work with animals in agriculture, 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:

  • Agricultural consultant
  • Livestock enterprise management
  • Farm manager
  • Shepherd/herd manager
  • Food security and safety
  • Biosecurity
  • 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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