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BSc (Hons)

Agriculture (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: DF01

Typical offer: 32-48 UCAS tariff points or equivalent

Duration: 4 or 5 years full time; part-time available

Placement year: Optional

Awarding body: Hartpury University

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Course overview

If you want to progress into an agricultural management career, helping to find solutions to the world's most pressing issue of food production and land use, then this is the ideal course for you.

The foundation year entry provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress with the full BSc (Hons) Agriculture qualification.

You don’t need to have an agricultural background; you simply need the passion and drive to work within a fast-changing industry and make that difference.

You'll learn how to build a productive, resilient and sustainable industry - whether as a farm manager, agronomist, economist, policymaker, researcher, scientist or consultant – career opportunities are diverse.

The extensive industry experience of lecturers, an on-campus commercial farm that supplies Muller, Sainsbury's and Glencore, as well as our £2 million Agri-Tech Centre, will prepare you to make that positive impact on the future.

You'll have access to 400 hectares of commercial farmland, real-world business briefs and industry placements. You’ll benefit from up to 980 hours working and applying your knowledge as part of your degree. This includes a supported work placement during each year of study that counts as credits towards your degree meaning you'll graduate ready for employment.

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What you'll study

What you'll study

This degree covers a broad range of fundamental agricultural topics through core modules. From crop and livestock production systems, to management of the supply chain with business management and sustainability embedded throughout.

Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands - you'll find recent topics studied below. You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study.

Level three foundation year (year one)

Your foundation year will provide you with the foundation knowledge and skills in agriculture, academic skills and general science.

Compulsory modules

The module aims to give you underpinning knowledge of health and safety in industry, husbandry practices within both crop and livestock production, and the range of skills required within agriculture.

The module aims to develop your academic, practical and transferable skills in preparation for year one study.

The module aims to give you a basic understanding and knowledge of biological principles including cells, cell life, metabolic pathways, genetics, and organism physiology.

The module aims to give you an understanding of the scientific method and enquiry, team working, research skills, and effective time management.

The aim of the module is to develop student understanding and knowledge of literature reviews including constructing a rationale, summarising, and presenting relevant information to suit a purpose, subject and audience.

Optional modules

There are no optional modules during this year. Your learning is focused on compulsory modules to ensure you have a thorough understanding of key topics to prepare you for module choices in your subsequent years.

Level four (Year two)

Your second year will focus on developing your underpinning knowledge in crop production, soil management, livestock science, animal husbandry, sustainable production systems and economics. As well as this, you’ll develop your academic, professional and transferable skills that will equip you to study at higher levels. You’ll also complete 280 hours of placement within the industry to support your development.

Compulsory modules

The module aims to develop your skills in key areas of university life (academic writing, research methods, critical evaluation) and the agricultural industry (machinery operations, livestock handling) before completing a work placement.

The module will introduce you to crops and the interaction/importance of soil and soil management in production. You’ll be involved with cultivations on the university’s farm and visits to farms to expose them to a wide variety of crops and soils.

This module provides you with an introduction to livestock health and husbandry, in particular discussing the interaction between anatomy and physiology, ethics and welfare, disease, reproduction and legislation. The module will cover both ruminant and non-ruminant livestock. Practical skills will be taught and developed (in handling and carrying out routine husbandry tasks) using the livestock enterprises on the university’s farm.

This module aims to address key principles that impact sustainable agriculture systems and will include a short study trip.

This module provides you with an introduction to key economic principles that are at work within the agricultural industry and their interaction with farm businesses and farm business performance.

Optional modules

There are no optional modules during this year. Your learning is focused on compulsory modules to ensure you have a thorough understanding of key topics to prepare you for module choices in your subsequent years.

Level five (year three)

Alongside your core farm business management and agricultural policy and research process modules, in this year you’ll be able to forge your own path with a choice of optional modules. These modules focus on agronomy, vegetable and soft fruit production livestock systems including ruminant production (dairy, beef and sheep) and mono-gastric production (pig and poultry). You’ll also have optional placement modules and the opportunity to study overseas for a semester which will support you with your own professional development.

Compulsory modules

This module provides you with an introduction to the principles of business management and how they are applied to the modern agricultural business. This will enable you to plan and manage staffing, capital and resource use on the farm, and prepare effective budgets and business plans for the future development of the business. In addition, it will allow you to consider the legislative and policy boundaries that the modern farmer has to work within, enabling them to understand, manage and plan within guidelines and offer consultation to others.

This module introduces you to the methods of research and analysis required to successfully plan and complete projects and research studies.

Optional modules

Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands.

Recent modules have included agronomy (crop production and crop protection), livestock production, work placement and the opportunity to gain international experience within the agricultural sector. You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study.

Integrated placement year (optional)

The optional integrated placement year before your final year allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice and gain valuable industry experience.

Level six (final year)

Your final year core modules allow you to focus on your own areas of interest. You’ll have a placement module (420 hours) in a sector of the industry of your choosing and a research project to support you in your future career. Alongside your core modules, optional modules will expose you to contemporary challenges and developments in crop and livestock production, the agricultural supply chain and strategic management.

Module delivery is designed to support you to complete your placement alongside your study.

Compulsory modules

You’ll partake in independent research and analysis in a related area with support from an academic tutor.

The module enables you to reflect on the skills and experiences they have gained during the time spent in the industry.

Optional modules

Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands.

Recent modules have included topics related to strategic and supply chain management and current developments within crop and livestock production.

You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study. 

Please visit our document library for more module information.

Further module information

How you'll study

How you'll study

We're committed to supporting you to fulfil your unique potential, which is why you'll receive a minimum of 15 hours of scheduled teaching time per week in your first year - this is 25% above the UK average.

Your support network

You'll benefit from a strong support network from day one to be the best you can be. This will range from your personal tutor and specialist academic support team (our Achievement and Success Centre) to dedicated wellbeing and employability (Innovation, Careers and Enterprise) centres.

Your learning experiences

You'll experience a range of teaching methods to strengthen your digestion of topics, including lectures, workshops and practical sessions, as well as supported work placement learning as part of many courses.

Your career

Each year of your course will be made up of two semesters, within which you’ll study compulsory and optional modules on different industry-focused topics, enabling you to develop your own unique portfolio of knowledge, skills and experience, ready for your career.

Further details

You’ll have your own personal tutor while you’re here who will support you to succeed in your studies. You’ll also have access to our academic and wellbeing support teams who run regular workshops and one-to-one sessions on campus and online.

Alongside this, we have a comprehensive bank of online study skills resources to help you make the most of your qualification.

On successful completion of your modules, you’ll gain academic credit that accumulates towards your award. The marks you gain in your second and third years may contribute towards your final degree classification.

The modules contain a mixture of scheduled learning – lectures, workshops and practical sessions. You are expected to dedicate at least two to three hours of independent study per contact hour. Your course may also include work placement learning as part of some modules.

The course is taught in English.

YearContact learningPlacement learningIndependent learning
Level three (year one)30%0%70%
Level four (year two)24%22%54%
Level five (year three)24%12%64%
Placement year (optional)1%80%19%
Level six (final year)14%19%67%

You’ll receive a minimum of 15 hours scheduled contact time per week in your first year. In subsequent years, scheduled contact will vary depending on the modules you select but is typically around 12 hours per week.

You’ll be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and written assignments. 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. Feedback will be given in person through individual 1:1 tutorial, through group tutorials and online through the VLE.

YearWritten examPractical examCoursework
Level three (year one)16%40%44%
Level four (year two)5%31%64%
Level five (year three)10%30%60%
Placement year (optional)0%0%100%
Level six (final year)25%12%63%

Each year of this course is taught over two semesters, normally consisting of 12 weeks of scheduled teaching and then assessment weeks, with an overview below:

  • Scheduled teaching takes place between 8:30 to 20:30 Monday to Friday
  • Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities
  • Work placements may entail different days and hours
  • Part-time students may need to attend learning activities five days each week, depending on modules selected
  • Timetables are available during enrolment week


Your career

Industry opportunities on this course are diverse, to ensure you develop the skills, experience and connections needed for your graduate career. Many of our students get their graduate roles with their work placement employers

Work placements and experience

These form part of core and optional modules, alongside an optional integrated placement year. We’ll support you to find a placement within a sector of the industry to match your interests and career goals. Placements can be paid or unpaid, depending on the position. Students have worked with organisations such as the ADAS, Woodheads, Foyles as well as on a range of commercial farms and enterprises.

Field trips and guest lecturers

Field trips and industry professionals in lectures form an important part of your learning, enabling you to experience different businesses, careers and best practices.

Recent field trips have included trips to Somerset and Devon as part of the sustainable agriculture module, ADAS and Agrii field trials, livestock farms, dairy tech and crop-tec. Extra fees are required – please see the fees tab.

Recent guest lecturers have included plant breeders, grain marketers, livestock nutritionists and agricultural managers within the banking and supermarket sectors.

Study internationally

Our Study Abroad programme means you can make the most of opportunities to study a semester or full year of your degree at one of our partner institutions while achieving credits towards your degree.

Graduate destinations

As a Hartpury agriculture graduate, you could progress into a range of careers including:

  • Agronomy
  • Livestock nutrition
  • Biosecurity
  • Agricultural policy
  • Research
  • Farm manager
  • Food security and safety
  • Agricultural consultancy


World-class facilities

You’ll have access to a diverse range of facilities while you’re here, many of which are newly built and world-class. Alongside lecture halls and workshop spaces, these include:

400-hectare commercial farm

Our commercial farm consists of mixed farming enterprises including a dairy herd, sheep flock, beef rearing and finishing, and arable production. You’ll be able to apply your knowledge into practice during practical sessions on the farm and have access to farm data for a range of modules.

Agri-Tech Centre

Our on-campus Agri-Tech Centre is a joint project with the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirst LEP). The centre connects the livestock farming community with smart technologies to help drive forward productivity and sustainability. You’ll have opportunities to engage with tech companies, industry and research through the centre.


Our laboratories are modern and well-equipped, providing the ideal spaces for scientific activities and research. Some are used for specialist microbiological culturing and analysis, others for biochemistry and physiology.

Study spaces

Our University Learning Centre has books, journals, ebooks, computers and breakout study spaces. In addition, we have a Study Lounge – an informal space with sports equipment, study booths and chill-out spaces to support both studying and relaxation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • UCAS | A typical offer for this course is 32-48 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.

  • GCSE | A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9 to 4, (or A* to C grades if relevant) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics.

  • A-Level | Typical offer is EE-DD or equivalent. This must include a minimum of one A Level.

  • Vocational Award | Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

  • Access | Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

  • Scottish Highers | Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in Scottish Highers. This must include a minimum of one Higher.

  • We welcome students with equivalent qualifications. Please contact us to discuss.

  • We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

  • Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course.

  • Please contact us for further information:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees and financial support

Please visit our student finance page for information on tuition fees and student loans, as well as non-repayable grants, bursaries and scholarships, eligible to different groups, to support with study costs.

Skills Development Bursary 

Agriculture students have access to a skills development bursary (£1,000 per student) to support with developing a range of practical and vocational skills during their programme of study. 

Below, you'll find extra costs associated with studying this course.

Clothing and footwear (circa £100) 

You’ll need to purchase appropriate clothing and footwear before you enrol, or during enrolment week. We’ll let you know exactly what you need to purchase in your enrolment guide – everything is available from our supplier’s online shop for approximately £100.

Optional field trips 

Students are encouraged to engage in various trips and visits as part of the programme. While many of these are included in the course fees, there is the opportunity to engage in additional study tours with additional costs involved. In year one the sustainable agriculture field trip will cost in the region of £40 per student.  

Short Courses 

Hartpury also subsidises optional short courses for a reduced cost that allows students to gain relevant experience and qualifications prior to graduation. Short courses include PA1, PA2, PA6, All Terrain Vehicle training, chainsaw maintenance and basic operations and Telescopic Handler (RTTLT Loadall). 

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Accommodation and living costs  

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Important information

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are reviewed and developed regularly. Changes or cancellation of courses may be necessary to ensure alignment with emerging employment areas, to comply with accrediting body requirements, revisions to subject benchmark statements or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make necessary changes and will notify all offer-holders of changes as and when they occur.

*Reflects activities after 15 months for those who graduated in 2019.