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BSc (Hons) Agriculture

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 practical management skills in livestock farming and crop production. Learn to produce more product with less resource. Gain plenty of industry experience and study a semester abroad. Explore new technologies and graduate with the knowledge and skills you need for your career.

This degree is the ideal choice if you want to move into an agricultural livestock or crop production career. Your first year will give you a strong foundation of theory and practical skills, after which you can tailor your degree to suit you.

You’ll benefit from your own 360-hectare classroom, gaining hands-on experience on our commercial farm, Home Farm. You’ll also gain professional experience in the workplace, undertaking work placements with supermarkets, abattoirs, feed companies or agronomists across the UK and further afield.

You’ll gain industry knowledge and skills to prepare you for your career. This includes getting hands-on experience in livestock husbandry and handling, as well as nutrition, disease prevention, education and welfare. 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).

Within crop production, you’ll learn how to manage soil to optimise quality and yield. You’ll explore new technologies including plant breeding techniques and genetically modified organisms (GMO) and have the opportunity to design and implement nutrient management plans to maximise crop growth.

Business modules in your second year will introduce you to the latest farm management practices. This will prepare you to progress into a farming business environment or develop your own enterprise.

Industry opportunities

Gaining experience in industry is an essential part of this degree. Alongside short work placements, you’ll spend your final year almost entirely in the workplace, which is great preparation for your next step. Recent work placements have included subsistence farming in Uganda, research at Woodheads abattoir, roles at DLF Seeds Ltd, as well as working at arable and livestock farms in the UK. If you’re interested in international systems, you could study a semester of your degree with one of our partner institutions in the USA or Canada.

This course is ideal for those who...

Want to progress into an agricultural management career, helping to increase global 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
  • Agricultural researcher
  • Farm/herd manager
  • Livestock enterprise management
  • Food security and safety
  • Agricultural consultancy

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.

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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