Foundation degrees are vocational qualifications in higher education aiming to bridge the gap between initial entry to higher education and honours degrees, but allowing progression to honours level.
Content and Structure
The Foundation Degree in Agriculture offers an opportunity for those who wish to follow a vocational route to degree level or people who wish to re-train for a career change. The opportunity to progress onto related BSc (Hons) degree courses is available to those who successfully complete this course.
This foundation degree extends the wide range of agricultural courses already provided at Aberystwyth and builds on the recognised expertise of the Institute in applied, vocational courses. This course will provide you with a sound practical and scientific knowledge base to underpin your career in the agricultural industry. The work experience year is an important component of the course, giving you a first-hand opportunity to apply theory in a practical context.
The course places particular emphasis on livestock production systems, grassland management and farm business management, in addition to reflecting the changing role of agriculture in the countryside.
The first year provides you with a sound underpinning knowledge of animal production systems, soil and crop management, agricultural engineering and an overview of the agricultural industry - all designed to prepare you for your work experience.
The course's vocational nature is reinforced by a structured period of work experience completed between Year 1 and 2. This is an assessed part of the course and allows you to apply your knowledge in a practical context. The work experience may be tailored to meet your particular interests. A number of our agriculture students chose to work overseas, for example in Canada, New Zealand or Australia, in order to gain experience of agricultural systems in other parts of the world.
The aim of your final year is to develop an understanding of the ways that farming systems operate and the impact they have on the rural environment and economy. Topics covered include farm business planning and control, food farming and the environment, animal nutrition and production systems, crop and livestock mechanisation systems.