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Aberystwyth University

Agriculture (with integrated year in industry)

UCAS Code: D403

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


A level

C,C-D,D,D

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

UCAS Tariff

64-72

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

67%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Sandwich including industrial placement | 2019

Subject

Agriculture

This Foundation Degree in Agriculture which includes a year in industry is a three-year vocational qualification suitable for anyone wishing to develop their farming knowledge or retrain for a career in agriculture. You will be joining one of the most highly regarded departments in the UK.

Agriculture is the mainstay of rural communities and a significant UK industry sector. You will study a fascinating blend of science, technology and management methods, starting with a firm grounding in business, economics and land use. You will move on to cover topics including the physiology of animal groups in the context of environmental conditions, the biodiversity of habitats, conservation, productivity and human impact on the countryside.

Our agricultural students will be taught by enthusiastic teaching experts, who you may have already seen on TV documentaries or your favourite radio show. The department has over 1000ha of farmland which includes lowland and upland sheep farms, a 500 cow dairy herd, intensive and extensive beef production systems. Out of all the oats grown in the UK, 65% have come from varieties bred and developed at IBERS Aberystwyth University.

Students on this course will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement for 9 months. This will enhance your employability prospects and give you the head start in the competitive industrial world over other graduates. The industrial placement in the agricultural sector is designed to allow you to obtain the relevant skills that the employer is seeking, making the transition from campus to career smooth.

Our students benefit access to the numerous university farms, upon successful completion of the Agriculture degree, you will have the core capabilities and skills demanded in employment such as Agricultural Consultant; Farm Manager; Agronomist; Animal Nutritionist.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£15,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
Agriculture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Agriculture

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
59%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Agriculture

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Agricultural and related trades
14%
Animal care and control services
13%
Managers and proprietors in agriculture related services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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 graduates also go into other areas, such as the horticulture trade, auctioneering and conservation. Agriculture graduates are also in increasing demand for one of the hardest-to-fill jobs in the country - surveying. Jobs for agriculture graduates are often in rural areas - in 2016, areas like Essex, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Yorkshire and Kent were all important for agriculture graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Agriculture

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£16k

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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