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Agri-Food Technology [with Foundation Year]

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSE passes at grade 3 or D or above including English and maths and evidence of two years post-GCSE study at Level 3. If you have achieved at least grade E in one A level, or equivalent, you are exempt from the two year post-GCSE study requirement, but you still have to meet the GCSE requirements If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificate level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 overall including 5.5 in each band/component.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Agricultural technology

If you’re committed to the sustainable production of high-quality food from field-to-fork while protecting the environment, and you have a passion for technology, innovation and data, our undergraduate degree course is for you.

We live in an inter-connected world, where industry, economics, society, and the environment all impact on one another.

The food supply chain is no exception and is critical to the health and wellbeing of everyone. As we tackle challenges from climate change to globalisation, it’s more important than ever that we future proof the production and supply of food.

By studying our BSc (Hons) Agri-Food Technology, you’ll explore the use of new technologies to ensure the availability of food to everyone in society, while reducing the impact of food production on the environment.

As an Agri-Food Technology student at ARU Peterborough, you’ll acquire important skills and experience, including a detailed understanding of crop and animal production systems.

You will build your understanding of soils, water, and the atmosphere, which are essential for understanding the environment, and food production. You’ll also gain a thorough grounding in the social, environmental, and business principles that underpin food security and sustainability.

Working alongside industry you will see how data science, technology and innovation help farmers and food companies become more sustainable and focus on current issues in food production and future impacts, looking at how we can address them, while considering environmental protection and sustainability.

You’ll make use of specialist labs, software and field sites to test your ideas and propose solutions. As well as this, you’ll visit production systems and processing facilities, hearing from professionals how organisations respond to a range of issues affecting production and supply.

You’ll find there’s an emphasis on developing key transferable skills throughout the course, such as teamwork, communication, and numerical and computational skills, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Modules

Modules are subject to change and availability.
Year 1:
Core modules

Literacies in HE
Introduction to Life Sciences 1
Introduction to Life Sciences 2
Year 2:
Core modules

Environmental Sciences and Sustainability
Agricultural Biological Sciences
Agricultural Systems and Production
Environmental Monitoring and Data Analysis
Personal and Professional Development - Level 4
Year 3:
Core modules

Data Management and Geographical Information Systems
Remote Sensing and Database Interrogation
Ruskin Module
Population Ecology and Integrated Pest Management
Food Supply Chain Management
Project Planning and Management
Personal and Professional Development - Level 5
Year 4:
Core modules

Sustainable Agricultural Management
Social and Environmental Compliance in Agri-Food
Technology Integration in the Agri-Food Supply Chain
Food Security
Undergraduate Project

Assessment methods

We’ll assess you in several ways, including lab reports, essays and literature reviews, case study reports, tests, and practical assessments.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

ARU Peterborough

Department:

Faculty of Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability (ARUP)

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

After graduation


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Agriculture, food and related studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

93%
low
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Animal care and control services
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Health professionals

About 70% of the UK's land area is given over to agriculture, so this is a subject representing an important part of the country's economy. Typical starting jobs for graduates in agriculture include agricultural science, farming and farm management, but graduates also go into other areas, such as the horticulture trade, auctioneering and conservation. Agriculture graduates are also in increasing demand for one of the hardest-to-fill jobs in the country - surveying. Jobs for agriculture graduates are often in rural areas - in 2016, areas like Essex, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Yorkshire and Kent were all important for agriculture graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Agriculture, food and related studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Higher entry requirements
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