Agricultural Management Foundation Degree

Bridgwater & Taunton College
In Bridgwater

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Location Bridgwater
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Description

This course is special because it covers in detail and in great depth the management of today’s modern agriculture industry. Over the past five years, students from this course have won many national awards.  The course structure allows students to study whilst still in full-time employment. (2 days a week for full time) A part time option as also available, please contact Bridgwater College for further details. Please note, this course runs from January to December.

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Bridgwater
Bath Road, TA6 4PZ, Somerset, England
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Bridgwater
Bath Road, TA6 4PZ, Somerset, England
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What you'll learn on the course

IT
IT Management
Management

Course programme

The course is made up of 14 units, covering technical and managerial aspects of modern agriculture. Students will learn via a combination of different practical and theoretical methods. Practical methods will include farm-based investigations, fieldwork, workshop practicals and visits. Theoretical methods will mainly involve lectures, seminars and demonstrations. During the first year you will study: Agricultural budgeting: introduces students to the principles of budgeting for agriculture, through the Gross Margin system of costings. On completion of this unit the student should be able to prepare budgets for themselves or a prospective landlord or lender Agriculture business and policy: shows how EU schemes for agriculture are applied, determines the costs of owning and operating machinery, employing staff, marketing of agricultural products, and evaluates different types of business structure Dairy cow breeding and nutrition: covers the performance and development of the dairy cow, including the factors involved in feeding and breeding Finance and accounts: gives the students an understanding of the main sources of finance and how to evaluate them, preparation of accounts and the operation of the main taxes Veterinary studies: covers general animal health and allows the students to make management judgements concerning animal health Grass and forage crop production: includes the establishment, maintenance and utilisation of grass and forage crops. It enables the students to evaluate the different crops in terms of production and utilisation Grass and forage crop mechanisation: covers the operation and use of machinery in the production, maintenance and harvesting of grass and forage crops During the second year, modules include: Arable crops and mechanisation: covers the growing and marketing of arable crops, and the selection, use and maintenance of arable machinery Livestock for meat: covers the feeding, breeding, marketing and production of beef, sheep, pigs and poultry Agriculture and the environment: covers the application of environmental legislation to agricultural businesses, agricultural environmental schemes, the Single Farm Payment, and conditions for receiving it Business opportunities and staffing: covers alternative enterprises, marketing, employment legislation and staff management Business analysis and machinery management: analyse the performance of a farm business and re-plan it; analyse machinery costs and prepare a machinery plan Project: allows you to investigate a topic of your choice, in detail. Work based learning: a period of practical work in an agricultural business. This course is delivered via a combination of different practical and theoretical methods; practical methods will include farm-based investigations, fieldwork, workshop practicals and visits; theoretical teaching methods will mainly involve lectures, seminars and demonstrations.

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