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University Centre Reaseheath

BSc (Hons) Sustainable Agriculture (Top-up)

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.

Male student in front of tractor

Course Overview

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.

Course Features

  • Training on our commercial farm — a regional  centre  for  agricultural  education
  • Developing research skills using new state-of-the-art  technologies,  including our Lely Astronaut A5 automated robotic milking systems and Data Hub
  • Vertical  farming  unit  and  hydroponic glasshouse
  • Research projects run by the Institute of Sustainability & Food Innovation (IoSFI) and the  Reaseheath  Sustainability Committee
  • Field trips and study for additional industry-recognised  qualifications

Career Options

  • Farm/Unit Management
  • Farm and Environmental Consultancy
  • Animal Health Advisory & Sales
  • Animal Genetics Advisory & Sales
  • Farm Business Analyst
  • Vet Technician
  • Agronomist
  • Vertical Farm or Glasshouse Manager
  • Research and Development
  • Lecturer/Education
  • Progression to MSc or PhD study

Course Information

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.

Applicants are required to gain 120 credits from a level 5 qualification (HND, Foundation Degree, Diploma of Higher Education) in Agriculture or a closely related discipline.

  • 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. Cohort size may impact on the timetabling of both optional modules.

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

Assessment Methods

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic and workplace skill development. They include a wide range of coursework-based assessments in both independent and collaborative formats. Coursework may take many forms including essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, lab-reports, seminar discussions, literature reviews and portfolios.

Your dissertation module will include a research proposal and dissertation thesis.

Assessments will range in size and will be spread throughout the year to give you the greatest level of support and feedback whilst maintaining an even, manageable workload.


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. Lecture and seminar-based formative assessment will have feedback provided at the time of completion where possible.

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:

  • NPTC Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines
  • NPTC Transport of Livestock
  • CEIH Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • PA 1, 2 and 6
  • RTITB Rough Terrain Telescopic Handler
  • Certified courses in cattle AI and foot trimming are offered on site by external organisations at a reduced price

Students will be able to access course timetables for the academic year in September.

Timetables are subject to change, but most students can expect to spend 2 days per week on campus.

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.

Tuition Fees

As a student at UCR, 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 our student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.

Tuition fees for international students can also be found on our student finance page.

Additional Costs

All resources will be available through the college library or VLE as E-Books, therefore there is no formal requirement to purchase textbooks. Although a list of recommended texts can be provided. We promote the use of online journals, webinars and podcasts.

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, which usually cost £150-£1,500 depending on location and duration.

Equipment Costs

Students are responsible for everyday 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.

  • 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.

Apply directly through UCAS

Relevant Foundation Degree

September 2023
September 2024

Full-time: 1 year

Student Success

Connor Smith | BSc Agricultural Business Management

“Doing my degree felt essential because the dairy industry requires innovative, forward thinking individuals with academic minds who can push the industry forward.”


Useful Information

Here you will find useful information about the services and support available at University Centre Reaseheath. Click to expand each item:

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.

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 UCR 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.

Click here to view the University Centre Reaseheath Student Protection Plan.

All UCR 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 (providing you have applied before the UCAS equal considerations deadline. For full details on our halls of residence visit our accommodation page.

We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support. These include our Student Services Team, Inclusive Learning Team, Library and Learning Resources Team and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You can find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath on our support page.

University Centre Reaseheath is proud to welcome international students. For more information, please visit our international students page.