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SRUC Scotland's Rural College

Agriculture

UCAS Code: 004D

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


A level

D,E

Preferably to include Geography or a Science subject

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

Preferably to include Geography, a Science subject or Agricultural Science

Scottish Higher

C,C

Preferably to include Geography or a Science subject

UCAS Tariff

40-42

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Agriculture

Throughout this course you will develop an overview of all agricultural systems including livestock, crops and farm buildings and machinery, along with the essential skills necessary to run a successful farm business. You will develop an understanding of how agriculture relates to animal welfare, environmental and conservation issues. The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a careers at supervisory/junior management level within agricultural industries, or for self employment in farming or other land-based sectors. Upon successful completion of this course students may apply to join year 3 of the BSc/BSc (Hons) Agriculture course.

Modules

Year 1: Arable Crop Production; Crop Protection and Harvesting Mechanisation; Environmental Awareness; Farm Power; Financial Records for Business; Graded Unit Agriculture: Project; Grass and Fodder Crop Production; Information Technology: Applications Software; Land Use Systems; Livestock Breeding; Livestock Growth, Health and Welfare; Livestock Husbandry and Recording; Livestock Production Systems; Plant Protection; Soils and Crop Establishment

Year 2: Core Modules: Year 2: Core Modules: Agricultural Produce: Quality and Processing; Crop and Livestock Mechanisation Farm Buildings and Controlled Environments; Farm Manures, Wastes and the Environment; Graded Unit Agriculture: Business Case Study; Graded Unit: Agriculture Exam; Livestock Management Systems; Livestock Nutrition; Pasture Management; Planning, Budgeting and Control; Plant Protection: Integrated Approaches; Using Financial Accounting Statements

Elective Modules (choose 3): Agricultural Economics & Marketing; Crop Physiology and Breeding; Developing Skills for Personal Effectiveness; Farm Scale Renewable Energy; Managing Human Resources; Organic Farming Systems; Rural Business Diversification; Specialised Field Crops; Wildlife Management; Work Experience.

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 locations:

Edinburgh

Aberdeen

Ayr

Oatridge

Barony

Department:

Agriculture

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
med
Agriculture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Agriculture

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
21%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Agriculture

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.

£22,052
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Elementary agricultural occupations
19%
Agricultural and related trades
11%
Managers and proprietors in agriculture related services

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

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

£24k

£24k

£24k

£24k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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