Agriculture and Farm Management

Royal Agricultural University
In Cirencester

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Important information

Typology Foundation degree
Location Cirencester
Duration 2 Years
  • Foundation degree
  • Cirencester
  • Duration:
    2 Years

This course focuses on the skills necessary to manage an agricultural enterprise or farming business in the present economic climate. It combines periods of teaching with work-based learning, experience being gained both in the lecture room and on the farm.

The course prepares you for further education in agriculture and land management. Upon successful completion of the foundation degree, you will have the opportunity to progress on to an appropriate BSc Honours top-up course, such as the BSc (Hons) top-up Agricultural Management at the RAU. Progression opportunities will also be available to appropriate honours conversion courses at other HEIs in the UK.

Important information Venues
Where and when
Starts Location
On request
GL7 6JS, Gloucestershire, England
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Starts On request
GL7 6JS, Gloucestershire, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· What are the objectives of this course?

This course aims to equip you with the practical, financial and management skills necessary to manage a successful business despite fluctuating commodity prices.

· Requirements

- A Level: CD – min.56 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least one A Level pass.) - BTEC: MPP - GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required. - International Baccalaureate: 24 points. - Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Merit or higher. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)

What you'll learn on the course

Agricultural Business
Agricultural Science
Agriculture Development
Agriculture Farming
Agriculture Management
Animal Care
Chicken Farming
Farm Machinery
Farming Equipment

Course programme


The core subjects are studied in the first year, with the teaching heavily biased towards practical, work-related situations. You’ll complete a period of compulsory work experience during the summer vacation between the first and second year.

The first two terms of the second year are used for further teaching and experiential learning. The Integrated Project is undertaken during the final term, ensuring that you are fully conversant with both financial and physical management techniques in the field. This time also adequately prepares you for progression to other higher education courses.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain relevant practical experience and qualifications through rural skills training within the areas of crops and pesticides, estate maintenance, forestry, machinery, vehicles, and health and safety, at the Rural Innovation Centre at Harnhill Manor Farm. You can enrol for courses leading to the award of Certificates of Competence.

The course will be assessed through a wide range of techniques, including research projects, examinations, case studies, business plans, portfolio, presentations, and practical skills.


Year one

  • Accounts & Economics
  • Animal & Crop Science
  • Crop Production
  • Estate Management
  • Farm Business Management
  • General Agriculture
  • Livestock Husbandry
  • Mechanisation & Buildings
  • Personal Development/Employability

Year two

  • Agricultural Policy and Legislation
  • Animal Production
  • Commodities Marketing
  • Environmental and Woodland Management
  • Crop Management
  • Machinery Management
  • Work-based learning
  • Farm Business Planning
  • Data Handling and Technical Writing

Course modules are subject to change.

Work based placement

You’ll complete a period of compulsory work experience during the summer holiday between your first and second year, where further training and experience are gained. You will be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence of your learning experience.

Additional information

Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.

International students

Full-time fees - £10,000 per year

The tuition fees quoted for 2017 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.


The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries.

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