A minimum of 64 UCAS points
Full-time: 2 years
The Sustainable Agriculture programmes are based at University Centre Reaseheath’s rural Cheshire campus which has had over £80 million in investment in recent years, including:
- £2 million University Centre teaching facilities
- £8 million Advanced Engineering and Agri-Tech Centre
- £8 million National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology, including an automated, hydroponic, LED 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 130 cows 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 wide range of management skills and academic knowledge which will help you to understand the scientific principles of a range of agricultural enterprises, enabling you to make informed decisions in your business or career.
The course is broken down into the modules set out below which are completed over 2 years.
12 Modules (all at 20 credits) include:
At Level 4 all Sustainable Agriculture students will study a suite of core modules which will provide the foundations in agricultural science and production to aid specialisation at Level 5. Modules will include:
- Animal, Plant and Soil Science
- Sustainable Livestock Production Systems
- Farm Animal Welfare and Nutrition
- Farm Business Diversification and Marketing
- Sustainable Crop and Forage Production Systems
- Agricultural Machinery & Technology
- A minimum of 64 tariff points from A and AS level to include Biology A-level
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – a minimum of grade MPP in an Agriculture or Science related subject
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – a minimum of grade MM in and Agriculture or Science related subject
- City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Advanced Extended Diploma (1080 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MPP in an Agriculture or Science related subject.
- City& Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MM in an Agriculture or Science related subject.
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course.
- One year top-up route to gain a full BSc (Hons) Sustainable Agriculture Top-Up
- Farm/Unit Management
- Farm and Environmental Consultancy
- Farm Business Analyst
- Vertical Farm Manager
- Glasshouse Manager
- Research and Development
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 textbooks, although a list of recommended texts can be provided. We promote the use of online journals, webinars and podcasts.
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.
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.
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.
The replacement of the Common Agricultural Policy with The Agriculture Act is a turning point in the management of our agricultural enterprises. These changes in legislation, development of technologies and an ageing workforce means there has never been a better time to start a career in agricultural management.
I wouldn’t have got this amazing opportunity without being an agriculture student at Reaseheath.
Owen Davies FdSc Agriculture
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