In Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Ayr
Students will acquire the broad knowledge and skills required for a management role in the agricultural industry. They will have a full understanding of the entire food chain "from plough to plate". SAC Honours graduates understand and appreciate the environmental, moral, ethical, legal and sustainability issues relevant to the multi-functional industry that 21st century agriculture has become.
To take into account
3 Highers (BCC) or 2 A levels (CC).To include: a science or geography. English and mathematics required at Standard Grade/GCSE pass level or equivalent.
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The agricultural industry is primarily concerned with the production of basic foodstuffs on farms, but it also includes the supply of inputs for farming such as fertilisers, seeds, animal feeds and machinery. In addition, agriculture is becoming increasingly integrated with other sectors of the food chain such as processing, distribution and retailing to form the agri-food industry. This broader industry is one of the largest in the UK accounting for over 10% in both employment and Gross Domestic Product.
Agriculture courses at SAC consider this wider agri-food industry, with the focus on production agriculture and related issues. Students will gain a sound appreciation of animal welfare, environmental, countryside and conservation issues and understand the multi-functional and diversified nature of agriculture.
There have been far-reaching changes in the agricultural industry throughout the developed world. Science and technology have altered the way crops and animals are produced, and consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the quality and safety of food and its production methods. Issues such as animal welfare, sustainability and the effects on the countryside and the environment are now central considerations for both consumer and producer.
21st century farmers require a blend of practical skills in crop and animal husbandry, machinery operation and communication, with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology, business and financial management which underlie efficient, environmentally and socially acceptable food production and land use. As the complexity of agriculture has increased, so has the need for robust education and training. SAC’s Agriculture courses are developed with the industry to provide the required skills and understanding for challenging careers. Regular industry-led field trips and sponsored competitions further this close relationship, and placements and projects, both in the UK and overseas, are encouraged.
Methods of Delivery and Assessment
Extensive use is made of local commercial farms, rural businesses and other organisations to illustrate all aspects of running a business, and real case studies may be based on these visits. Visiting speakers from industry are widely used to provide the latest insight into agri-business. Study tours are organised to broaden the learning experience. A wide range of assessment methods are used (projects, essays, presentations, case studies, examinations) with the majority of modules being assessed as 50% coursework and 50% end of module examination.