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College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise

Agriculture and Technology

UCAS Code: 004D

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

48

Applicants must attain 48 UCAS Tariff points and satisfy the University’s general entry requirements which shall include competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) and numeracy (GCSE grade C or equivalent) or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). The initial offer standard may vary from year to year. In addition, applicants must hold either an A Level pass (grades A to E) in Biology or Chemistry (either preferred) or alternatively, where an applicant holds a GCSE grade C award in Double Award Science or in two other separate science subjects, other cognate subjects shall be acceptable. Acceptable cognate subjects include Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Digital Technology, Environmental Science/Technology, Geography, Geology, Health and Social Care, Home Economics, ICT, Life and Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology, Software Systems Development, Technology and Design. Other subjects will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants entering with a relevant BTEC or City and Guilds Technical qualification must attain the minimum required UCAS tariff points. Applicants are normally required to have at least three months relevant practical experience.

About this course


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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

3.0 years | Full-time | 2021

This course, validated by Ulster University, aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills base to allow them to pursue a successful career in the agri-food sector and enable them to cope with ongoing challenges and changes within the industry whilst ensuring that they are both technically and practically competent.

The course has been developed to meet industry needs with a particular emphasis on developing initiative and the flexibility to adapt to different employment situations, to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to enter the industry at trainee manager/supervisor level. Successful students will be well prepared for employment leaving with skills in production agriculture, business management and science and technology.

Modules

The course has four key themes: agriculture production; business management; science technology and mechanisation and work-based learning employability.

Year 1
Academic and Professional Skills, Animal Science, Arable Crop Studies, Enterprise Studies, Grass Forage Production and Mechanisation, Livestock Husbandry Health & Welfare.

Year 2
Developments in Agriculture, Financial Management on Farm, Introduction to Organic Production, Work-based learning.

Plus two optional modules: Farm Buildings and Mechanisation, Sustainable Pig and Poultry Production, Sustainable Ruminant Production Systems, Sustainable Crop Production Systems.

Work placement:
All students are required to undertake a work-based learning placement during which students develop technical and commercial expertise within the agrifood industry. Students have the option to either take a full year out on work-based learning or they can undertake a short placement which is achieved through a period of relevant work amounting to at least 400 hours.

Placement opportunities are available in the UK, Ireland and overseas for example: New Zealand, Australia, USA and Canada.

Progression opportunities and career destinations:
Students who meet the necessary requirements may have the opportunity to apply for entry to Honours Degree programmes.

There are career opportunities in farming and enterprise management as well as marketing, sales, contracting and consultancy.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,735
per year
Northern Ireland
£1,735
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Greenmount Campus

Department:

Higher Education Branch

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