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Agriculture courses

Agriculture combines studying natural and life sciences with economics and business management. You will learn how to maximise crop and animal production and how to balance this with environmental awareness, as well as business skills to run a farm. This course includes gaining practical skills on university-based farms and possibly out on placement. Possible careers after this degree include farm management, animal and crop research and advisory services, and overseas development work.

Studying agriculture at university

Example course modules

  • Crop production
  • Soil and nutrient management
  • Principles of livestock production
  • Farm mechanisation
  • Garden design in practice
  • Equine science
  • Soft landscape design
  • The business of food
  • Green space management
  • Survey planning and construction

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Who studies this subject

  • Female : 51%
    Male : 49%
  • Mature : 36%
    School leaver : 64%
  • Full-time : 63%
    Part-time : 37%

What students say about agriculture

What you need to get on a course

Subjects you need

A-levels (or equivalent) usually required

  • At least one from biology, chemistry or physics

Useful to have

  • Environmental science
  • geography
  • Business studies

Application checklist

Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.

  • January application
  • October application
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Interview
  • Entry test
  • Work experience
  • Audition

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Career prospects

Sources: HECSU & KIS
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 also, less obviously, surveying, estates and auction work, heritage and conservation. Jobs in sport are also popular with this group. Jobs for agriculture graduates are often in rural areas. In 2012, the south of England, particularly Essex, Kent, Gloucestershire and Devon, were the most common regions in which graduates of the subject started their careers.
Professional and accrediting bodies:

Six months after graduating

Typical graduate job areas
  • Managers and proprietors in agriculture related services

Longer term career paths

Jobs where this degree is useful

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Farm manager
  • Estates officer

Other real-life job examples

  • Agricultural surveyor
  • Arboricultural manager
  • Conservation worker

What employers like about this subject

A degree in agriculture or agricultural management will provide you with subject-specific skills including an understanding of the global, regional and local contexts of agriculture; legal and economic issues in agriculture; sustainability and environmental impact and the principles of operating an agricultural business. You will also gain useful transferable skills in numeracy, communication, IT, team-working, problem-solving and independence and self-motivation. Farming is the most common industry of employment for agriculture graduates, but they also go to work in areas including land and property management, forestry and the manufacture of farm equipment and machinery.