A minimum of 64 UCAS points
The UK dairy industry is facing one of its most challenging periods to date. In order to run a successful business, modern dairy farmers need to combine scientific knowledge with practical and business management skills in order to produce high quality milk while minimising cost and safeguarding the environment.
Ideally situated in the premier dairy county of Cheshire, Reaseheath has a national reputation for its delivery of quality training within the specialist field of dairy herd management. This unique course will enable you to develop an understanding of the technical, economic, legal and managerial principles relating to dairy farm businesses, identify the effects of environmental and ethical issues in the dairy industry and offer specialist practical skills associated with dairy farming.
Full-time: 2 years
The course includes opportunities for practical skills work such as foot trimming, veterinary medicine training and on-farm practical demonstrations. Students undertake a minimum 10 weeks work placement* and have the opportunity to go on farm visits and study tours in the UK and abroad.
The course features:
- The 272 hectare college farm houses the Reaseheath Holsteins herd of 260 pedigree Holsteins, plus young stock.
- A commerical flock of 500 North Country Mule breeding ewes and 120 breeding sows hosed in a high welfare commercial pig unit.
- World class industry standard teaching facilities.
- The cropping includes grass silage, maize silage, lucerne, wheat and barley.
- 32/32 rapid exit milking parlour.
- Anaerobic digester.
*Travel arrangements at your own cost.
What will I study?
You will gain a wide range of management skills and academic knowledge which will help you to understand the scientific basis of dairy farming and efficient milk production, and enable you to make informed decisions to benefit your business.
The course is broken down into the modules set out below which are completed over 2 years.
Classroom sessions are timetabled over two consecutive days.
16 Modules (all at 15 credits) include:
- Biological Systems in Agriculture
- Agricultural Machinery and Technology
- Farm Animal Welfare and Building Design
- Dairy Production Systems
- Managing the Milk Supply and Enterprise Diversification
- Farm Animal Nutrition
- Academic Skills Development
- Fundamentals of Business and Human Resource Management
- Agriculture & the Environment
- Dairy Cow Genetics and Breeding
- Transition Cow and Youngstock Management
- Farm Animal Health
- Forage Production and Management
- Work Based Learning for Academic Credit
- Research Methods*
- Professional Project*
- Finance and Planning
*Denotes optional modules
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your actual contact hours may depend on which optional modules you select, but the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course:
Year 1: 31% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 375 hours
Independent Study: 825 hours
Year 2: 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 262 hours
Placement: 120 hours
Independent Study: 818 hours
Class sizes normally range from 3 to 20.
Percentage of course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
25% written exams
13% written exams
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 four working weeks after the submission date. If for unforeseen reasons this is not possible, the reasons will be communicated to the students within 2 weeks and the feedback prioritised within the department.
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.
To offer graduates a leading position in the jobs market, students are given the opportunity to enhance their career prospects by taking additional qualifications during their course of study. These could include a range of qualifications such as:
- Safe use of veterinary medicines
- Transport of livestock (short journeys)
- PA1 pesticide application
- PA6 pesticide application
- PA2 tractor mounted pesticide application
- All terrain vehicle handling
- Telescopic loader handling
You can expect to receive your timetable in induction week/the first week of teaching for returning students, a copy will also be be found on the Agriculture HE Moodle page.
Lectures for this course will be timetabled on Wednesday and Thursday of each week.
During the level 5 module, work based learning, students are expected to complete at least 120 hours of work experience. This is completed alongside lectures and students are expected to attend all timetabled sessions.
This is a compulsory module; the students are expected to secure the work experience opportunity with guidance and support from agriculture staff.
Financial arrangements will be left to the discretion of the employer, to be agreed with the student, where significant learning takes place and training is provided the value of this experience must be taken into consideration.
- A minimum of 64 UCAS points
- A Levels preferably including Biology (or related subject)
- Or BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) at Merit in relevant subject
- Access to HE Diploma
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis and substantial work experience will be considered, as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications.
- Dairy herd management
- Dairy farm consultancy
- Dairy sales and marketing
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 books for the course reading lists can be sourced from the library, however if the students do wish to purchase perhaps 6 key books then they would range from £20 to £150 approximately. Learning materials similar to any other university course are essential.
No specialist equipment is required on the course, just the usual farm based PPE which the students will need to acquire for future work placements anyway. This would include overalls, steel-toe-capped wellingtons and boots. General outdoor clothing is normally required on a weekly basis.
Occasionally shows or field trips are included as visits on the course which may carry an admission cost of approximately £10-£20. But these are fairly rare and obviously not obligatory.
Students will also have the option to join an Agriculture department run study tour, some run to areas of the UK and some abroad so costs can vary widely, £300-£1500. Again obviously optional.
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, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), 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 HE 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.
I got interested in teaching to be back in the educational loop, the industry changes quickly and I like to be involved with that development. Less than 1.5% of the UK population work in Agriculture, that’s a huge responsibility and a vital set of skills to maintain.
Mark Biddulph Course Manager
This degree covers so many interesting topics. But it’s the extra experiences which make it special – the visits to farms and businesses, the range of speakers and the people you meet. Also the classes are quite small and that encourages discussion.
Mary Ankers FdSc Agriculture with Dairy Herd Management
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