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SRUC Scotland's Rural College

Agricultural Science

UCAS Code: 007D

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


A level

D,E

To include Biology or Chemistry

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants should be able to offer National 5 (A-C) or equivalent pass in English (for literacy) and Maths (for numeracy)

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H4,H4

to include Biology, Chemistry or Agricultural Science

Scottish Higher

C,C

To include Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Science

UCAS Tariff

40-42

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Throughout this course you will develop a strong foundation in the biology and biochemistry of animals, plants and microorganisms and gain an understanding of approaches to raise standards of animal welfare and protect against livestock disease epidemics. You will gain knowledge and understanding of crops and livestock production and approaches to increase agricultural productivity. You will develop specialist knowledge of livestock breeding, nutrition and disease control, crop nutrition and protection, soil science and biotechnology. You will gain an understanding of measures to reduce the environmental impact of agricultural systems and learn skills to apply biological knowledge, understanding and analytical techniques to solve problems in the agricultural industry. You will learn practical, laboratory and research techniques required by the agricultural bioscience sector, ensuring that the skills you have to offer prospective employers are up to the minute.

Modules

Course Content – Year 1: Core Modules: • Cell Biology: Theory and Practice • Biochemistry: Theory and Practice • Microorganisms: Growth, Activity and Significance • Chemistry and Physics for the Life Sciences • Quality and Health & Safety Systems in Science Industries • Information Technology Applications Software 1 • Livestock Physiology • Livestock Breeding • Livestock Growth, Health and Welfare • Arable Crop Production • Plant Physiology • Biotechnology: An Introduction • Environmental Awareness • Bioscience Graded Unit (Project) • Soils and Crop Establishment.

Course Content – Year 2: Core modules: • Livestock Nutrition • Livestock Production Systems • Livestock Health: Approaches to Disease Control • Land Use Systems • Farm Manures, Wastes and the Environment • Business Management: An Introduction • Statistics for Science 2 • Grass and Fodder Crop Production • Plant Protection • Plant Protection: Integrated Approaches • Agro-ecosystems: Energetic Efficiency • Soils and Plant Nutrition • Graded Unit Level 8 (Project) • Graded Unit Level 8 (Examination) Year 2. Elective modules: one of the following: • Farm Scale Renewable Energy • Agricultural Produce: Quality and Processing • Specialised Field Crops.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£6,950
per year
England
£6,950
per year
EU
£1,285
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,950
per year
Scotland
£1,285
per year
Wales
£6,950
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Ayr

Department:

Animal and Biological Sciences

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