Professional Certificate of Higher Education

Agricultural Enterprise Management

Typical offer: 64 UCAS tariff points and evidence of agricultural experience

Duration: Two years; part-time

Awarding body: Hartpury University

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Course overview

Continue your agricultural development whilst in employment and progress your career into a management role. Gain knowledge, skills and a globally recognised qualification.

Become a business leader

Management theories and practices used in running diverse farm enterprises are vital to business success and are highly transferable. You’ll focus on the application of these traits as you meet modern industry demands and join the next generation of agriculturalists.

A dual approach to learning

Due to the nature of the course, you’ll already need to be working within agriculture to secure a place on the course.

You’ll combine your studies with your existing role in industry to allow you to apply the knowledge and understanding you gain through our taught modules in real-world settings. Your experiences will be captured in a portfolio that you can use within your assessment.

Making the most of your resources

You'll engage with sessions led by our expert lecturers, who have significant industry management experience. Develop your skills using our world-class facilities, including our award-winning 400-hectare commercial farm and government-backed £2million Agri-Tech Centre.

To allow you to combine your studies with work, taught content will take place in blocks each month on the Hartpury campus.

Membership to IAgrM

On enrolment on to the course, you’ll have the opportunity to become a student member of the Institute of Agricultural Management. This will help you to develop your practice and network with managers within the industry.

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What you'll study

What you'll study

Professional CertHE Agricultural Enterprise Management

Through five compulsory modules, you’ll develop your management skills within agricultural enterprises. You’ll advance your understanding of industry research and business planning through engagement with our industry-experienced lecturers, guest speakers, and local and national agricultural businesses. There will also be opportunities to engage with innovative agricultural technologies through our Agri-Tech Centre and the commercial enterprises at our award-winning commercial farm, Home Farm.

Key industry areas

You’ll explore the fundamental areas of enterprise management including animal welfare, farm assurance, labour relations, finance, machinery procurement and the legislation that underpins how individual enterprises are managed to ensure physical and financial success. You’ll have opportunities to learn how to plan, implement and monitor strategies within enterprises, build budgets and undertake relevant accounting processes. You’ll explore reflective practice and how it can be utilised effectively within your role to support your professional development.

Learning the business

You'll develop your knowledge and understanding of how economic principles impact on farming decisions and how UK farming engages with the global market. You'll also acquire the attributes to budget for and fund enterprise development, build cash flow projections and monitor performance through accounting processes.

In years one and two, modules focusing on enterprise management practice will enable you to evidence the application of your knowledge and understanding within your individual role and farm enterprise, through the completion of a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio of your professional practice within enterprise management will focus on your development through reflective practice and discussion with your lecturers and employer.

Below you’ll find the compulsory modules for the Professional Certificate of Higher Education in Agricultural Enterprise Management.

Compulsory modules

This module will focus on practice within your current role and workplace. The module will allow you to build personal and industry skills and then reflect on how you have applied knowledge and understanding of key management theories and practice into daily/weekly activities. Developing and applying key skills into practice will be important as you progress on to the second year of the programme.

The module will introduce management theories and practices employed within individual farm business enterprises. This will support you in planning and implementing the business decisions made around livestock, staffing, budgeting and machinery/resource use.

The module identifies and discusses key economic theories and practice and how these link to the agricultural sector.

This module will focus on practice within your current workplace and build on the portfolio created in the first year. The module will continue to reflect on application of management theories and practice into daily/weekly activities and assess your ability to monitor the impact of the decisions and plans implemented within the specific enterprise.

The module will support you to develop accounting processes and through this, enable you to develop analytical skills to understand the impact that decision planning and implementation has on the overall success of an enterprise and business.

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Further module information

How you'll study

How you'll study

The course will run over two years and you’ll be required to attend in person on the first Wednesday of the month for nine months of the academic year (October to June). In addition to on-site attendance, there will be online content for one hour a week on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday evenings of the month.

Each year will include a period of 44 hours of professional practice, carried out with your workplace, and you’ll complete 60 credits in each year. Delivery will be face-to-face at Hartpury and will utilise the farm, Agri-Tech Centre facilities on campus and guest speakers within teaching and learning. The programme manager will engage with you within your workplace to further support development and assessment.

Your support network

You'll benefit from a strong support network from day one. This will range from your lecturers, supervisors and personal tutor to our specialist academic (Achievement and Success Centre), employability (Innovation, Careers and Enterprise) and wellbeing teams. These are available both on-site and virtually.

Your learning experiences

You'll experience a range of teaching methods to strengthen your understanding of topics, including lectures, seminars, practical sessions and guest speakers.

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.

Upon successful completion of your modules, you’ll gain academic credit that accumulates towards your award. The marks you gain may contribute towards your final Professional Certificate of Higher Education differential award (pass, merit or distinction).

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.

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Teaching contact time and method will vary depending on the module that you are studying.

You’ll be assessed through a mixture of written and 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 written form, with the option to discuss all feedback with academic staff.

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  • On-campus teaching will be held on the first Wednesday of the month, for nine months of the academic year (October to June). In addition, there will be online content (recorded with forums for discussion) for one hour a week on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday evening of the month
  • For each module, there will be a face-to-face lecture followed by group seminars, guest speakers and practical sessions. This will be supported with individual tutorials when required
  • Attendance dates and timetables are available before enrolment to support the arrangement of annual leave where required


Your Career 

This course is focused on developing your understanding of agricultural enterprise management through taught content and your work experiences.

Visiting lecturers

Through the course, you'll hear from a range of academic and industry professionals who are experts in their field. This will allow you to broaden your knowledge and develop your commercial networks, whilst discussing real-world case studies.

Graduate destinations

This programme is well suited for people hoping to progress into further agricultural management/supervisory positions.


World-class facilities

As a Hartpury University student 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:

Commercial farm

Home Farm houses cattle and sheep under contract for a range of major food suppliers. You can complete volunteering and work experience, and participate in lambing, calving, and milking, to enhance the learning in your course. The farm works commercially with the likes of Müller, Marks and Spencer and Frontier Agriculture.

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 farming community with smart technologies to help drive forward productivity and sustainability.

360-hectare campus

Our campus is home to a wide range of British wildlife species, on mixed commercial farmland. Recently, we’ve recorded badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, great crested newts, deer and at least four species of bat on campus.

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

Applicants should have at least 64 UCAS points from a Level 3 vocational programme that is relevant to employment and careers in the agricultural industry, or 64 UCAS points from A-Levels with evidence of current or previous agricultural experience.

Applicants with non-relevant qualifications but with current work experience or professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants must be in employment within the agriculture sector at the start of each year and have their employer’s consent to attend the taught sessions.

If employment in the industry ceases during the programme, students will be allowed to complete the modules they are enrolled on whilst seeking further employment.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees and financial support

Tuition fees are £4,000 for the 60 credits studied in each of the two years, a total cost of £8,000.

Please visit our finance pages for further 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.

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Additional costs

Students must be able to access the internet reliably to support the scheduled online activities and independent learning. This may involve the student experiencing costs to upgrade their current internet and technology solutions. Travelling to Hartpury for scheduled onsite sessions is to be paid for by the student. If a student has a concern about any of these costs they should visit our finance pages for information on student loans and grants, bursaries and scholarships, to investigate what support may be available to them. 

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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.

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