Relevant Foundation Degree
In today’s global marketplace ambitious managers are needed, who will lead their business successfully through the challenges and seize any opportunities that arise in the agricultural sector.
To study on the BSc Top-up in Sustainable Agriculture you need to have successfully completed a foundation degree in a relevant subject and have developed a substantial insight into, and a passion for, the agricultural industry.
Progression to the BSc (Hons) programme will enable you to amplify those academic and interpersonal skills acquired on your foundation degree, whilst also developing new critical thinking skills required of agricultural graduates.
You will, for example, evaluate key advances in agricultural sciences and technologies and analyse their contribution towards sustainable development such as improved food security and integrity, whilst reducing the environmental impact of the food-chain. As well as environmental improvement, you will also consider the role of strategic management and leadership on developing economic and social viability in agri-businesses and communities.
Sessions will take an inter-disciplinary approach, allowing for the interactions between livestock and crop production to be explored on a national and international scale whilst maintaining the flexibility for you to explore a chosen sector.
Upon graduation, you will be equipped with the academic and communication skills required to enter a graduate role in the agricultural industry, or progress to postgraduate (MSc or PhD) study.
University Centre Reaseheath is an academic partner of the University of Chester. Foundation degrees, Honours degrees, and Cert Ed are awarded by the University of Chester.
*This course is subject to validation.
Full-time: 1 year
The Sustainable Agriculture programmes are based within University Centre Reaseheath’s dedicated £2 million University Centre teaching facilities and have direct access to Reaseheath’s specialist campus which in recent years has seen over £80 million in investment, including:
- £8 million Advanced Engineering and Agri-Tech Centre
- £8 million National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology, including an automated, hydroponic, LED-light glasshouse and 2021 commissioned 200m2 Vertical Farming Centre
- £7 million Food Centre featuring commercial dairy processing facilities, butchery and bakery
- Mixed commercial farm of 272 hectares of grass and arable land including grass, clover, maize, forage peas, wheat and barley
- Robotic milking facility (commissioned in 2021) consisting of two Lely A5 Automated Milking Robots, Lely Discovery slurry collector and Lely Juno silage pusher, milking approximately 80 pedigree Holstein cows
- Conventional 32/32 Rapid-Exit parlour system, milking a further 130 pedigree Holstein cows
- Expanding beef-from-dairy beef unit
- A commercial flock of 350 New Zealand Highlanders
- Anaerobic digester
What will I study?
You will gain a high level technical and scientific knowledge relevant to our forward thinking agricultural industry, while also being introduced to innovative business management techniques that could be implemented to benefit your business.
The course is broken down into the modules set out below which are completed over 1 year.
4x 20 credit modules and a 40 credit dissertation module at Level 6 include:
- • Dissertation
• Precision Technology
• Advances in Agricultural Science
• Sustainable Development
• Agri-Business Planning & Strategy*
• Leadership & Management for Sustainability*
- *Denotes optional module
†Dissertation is a double-weighted module, worth 40 credits
All modules will run unless changes are made to the course as a whole.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your dissertation contact hours will primarily consist of 1:1 meetings with your supervisor.
Year 1: 15% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 162 hours
Independent Study: 1038 hours
Assessments are designed to encourage both academic and workplace skill development. They include a combination of coursework and timed assessments in both independent and collaborative formats. Coursework may take many forms including essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews and portfolios of evidence. Timed assessments will vary depending upon the nature of the module but will be problem-solving tasks dealing with real-life industry issues which support the development of industry and life skills.
Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided within twenty working days after the submission date.
Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports.
A range in specialist knowledge and experience allow us to offer a significant number of secondary qualifications to all students at reduced costs. These include:
You can expect to receive your timetable in induction week.
Lectures for this course will be timetabled 2 days per week.
During this course, no formal modules require an industry placement. However, students will still be required to apply and practice the skills acquired in theory sessions in their independent research project (as part of their dissertation) and are welcome to undertake paid or voluntary work as required.
- Successful completion of an FdSc programme (or equivalent qualification) in an Agriculture related subject.
- Postgraduate study
- Professional qualifications.
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on the student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
All resources will be available through the college library or VLE as E-Books, therefore there is no formal requirement to purchase text-books, although a list of recommended texts can be provided. We promote the use of online journals, webinars and podcasts.
Students are responsible for every day stationary, access to a laptop and PPE (steel-toe wellies, overalls and warm clothes) for external visits. For biosecurity purposes, all PPE for the campus farm will be provided.
Some shows and field trips may have small admission fees (usually £10-20). There may also be opportunity to attend industry events and conferences, the costs of which vary depending on event, but of course are optional.
Students may also get the opportunity to join a UK or International Study Tour, usually £150-£1500 depending on location and duration.
Steel-toe capped Wellingtons or boots – £30+
Waterproof trousers – £15+
Waterproof coat – £20+
Warm clothing and waterproofs are important for an external visit.
Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit the additional financial support pages on our website.
All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before 31st July of the year they intend to start their course. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Inclusive Learning Team, Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.
Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our UCR Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.
Applications for full-time Degrees and Foundation Degrees are made through UCAS. Applications for all other full-time courses such as Access to HE and Level 4 Diplomas should be made directly to Reaseheath via the online application form. You can find out more here.
For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our Higher Education Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.