Rural Enterprise and Land Management

Harper Adams University College
In Newport

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Newport
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Newport
  • Start:
    Different dates available

The course This course provides the higher education and skills needed by a modern manager of rural land and enterprise. REALM uses rural assets economically to achieve clear business objectives. It is an ideal course for aspiring rural practice chartered surveyors, and those with an interest in managing the countryside in a business context, including countryside and environmental management, estate management, agriculture and diversification. You will be assessed partly on coursework and applied work such as solving real-life client problems. The final year dissertation will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of a chosen topic. The course is approved by the RICS and concentrates on the rural pathway but students can follow residential, commercial or other routes. RICS candidates must go on to complete the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), which involves two years of structured work experience, training and assessment. The placement year usually counts as the first APC year; the second is undertaken after graduation. Work placement Placement will give you invaluable experience in your chosen area of work. It may be working with a national firm such as Carter Jonas, Savills, Strutt and Parker, Smiths Gore, or with a local firm such as Fisher German, Halls or Balfours. Alternatively, you may choose to work on a large traditional estate such as Buccleuch, Chatsworth or Hatfield House, on Defence Estates, with Defra, local authorities or the National Trust. Students who have performed well have often been offered a job when they graduate. Accreditation The course is accredited under the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) University Partnership Scheme. Candidates for RICS must go on to complete the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Where and when
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Harper Adams University College, TF10 8NB, Shropshire, England
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Starts Different dates available
Harper Adams University College, TF10 8NB, Shropshire, England
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What you'll learn on the course

IT Management
Skills and Training
IT Law
IT Development

Course programme

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Course structure Year 1 6Academic Development 3Personal Development 6Introduction to Research Methods 15Valuation and Professional Practice 15Construction and Surveying 15Law for Estate Managers 15Introduction to Business for Rural Chartered Surveyors 15Introduction to Rural Geography and Economics 15Sustainable Crop Production (REALM) 15Animal Production Systems Additional options available 15Language I (French or Spanish) Year 2 15Research Methods 15Rural Professional Practice 15Valuation Principles and Practice 15Taxation 15Farm Business Management for Land Managers 15Planning Law and Practice 15Agriculture and the Environment Additional options available 15Woodland and Field Sports Management 15Woodland Management 15Language II (French or Spanish) Year 3 Placement year Year 4 30Honours Research Project 15Revenue Law and Statutory Valuation 15Rural Asset Strategy and Management 15Agricultural Tenancy Law 15Business, Residential Tenancies and Land Law 15Economic Policy and Rural Development Additional options available 15Integrated Countryside Management 15Rural Diversification and Event Management 15Sustainable Energy and the Rural Estate 15International Rural Property Management

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Teaching and learning

A typical week consists of:

  • 8hrs lectures
  • 8hrs seminars, site/estate visits, farm walks and surveying practicals

Field trips have included visits to:

  • Attingham Park and other local estates
  • Earl of Plymouth Estate, Ludlow
  • Flax Mill Nr Shrewsbury (the oldest iron framed building in the world)
  • Commercial properties

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Assessment methods

The course is assessed on a mixture of coursework, examination and practical test.

All taught subjects are partly assessed on course work. In addition, there are modules designed to integrate the subjects by presenting real-life client problems for students to solve. The final year dissertation provides an opportunity for students to develop an in-depth understanding of a chosen topic. Typically modules will be 50% course work and 50% examination.

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Alternative routes

Students interested in BSc (Hons) REALM are also advised to consider BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Farm Business Management. Please note: Students who do not have the required amount of UCAS points for BSc (Hons) REALM may apply for BSc Rural Property Management – those who achieve a 60 per cent average in their first year, may be offered a direct transfer into the second year of the BSc REALM course (subject to the requirements of our RICS Partnership Agreement being met). Those graduating with 2.1 degrees from BSc Rural Property Management may wish to apply for our RICS accredited MSc REALM course leading to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and full professional membership of the RICS (MRICS).

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Learning in Higher Education – how is it different?

Whilst a student’s prior experience or qualifications should prepare them for Higher Education, most will find that study at university level is organised differently than they might have experienced at either school or college. Higher Education sets out to prepare students to think and learn independently, so that they are able to continue learning new things beyond their studies and into the workplace, without needing a tutor to guide them. This means that the time spent in classes with tutors provides direction, guidance and support for work that students undertake independently through:

  • finding useful information sources and compiling bibliographies of reading material, in paper and online
  • reading and making notes to help make fuller sense of subjects
  • engaging with online materials and activities found on the College’s own virtual learning environment
  • preparing assignments to practise skills and develop new insights and learning
  • preparing for future classes so you can participate fully

In order to develop the skills of a graduate (whether at Foundation Degree or Honours Degree levels), students are expected to not only be able to recall and explain what they know but also to be able to:

  • apply what they know to new problems or situations
  • analyse information and data and make connections between topics to help make sense of a situation
  • synthesise, or draw together, the information and understanding gained from a range of sources, to create new plans or ideas
  • evaluate their own work and also the work of others, so that they can judge its value and relevance to a particular problem or situation

Tutors will expect students working towards a Degree to be able to use what they know to solve problems and answer meaningful questions about the way in which aspects of the world work and not just rote-learn information that they have been told or read, for later recall. This means using all the bullet-pointed skills and to think critically by questioning information, whilst also being rigorous in checking the value of the evidence used in making one’s own points. Students will be expected to become increasingly responsible for recognising the areas where they themselves need to develop. Taking careful note of tutor feedback can help to identify the skills and abilities on which attention could usefully be focused. To be successful, students need to be self-motivated to study outside of classes, especially since in higher education, these higher level skills need to be practised independently.

At Harper Adams students are gradually supported to become less reliant on class-based learning, so that they are able to spend a greater proportion of their time in their final year working on projects of interest to themselves and in line with their future career aspirations. In the first year of a course, a student has 16 hours contact per week with staff in lectures, seminars, estate/site visits, farm walks etc. In the second years students are given some independent study weeks to enhance their independent learning skills including project work and reading around subject areas.

Harper Adams has an extensive estate and great facilities for students to use as a source of information and inspiration, we also have a well-stocked library and access to countless specialist sources of paper-based and online information. Many of the staff at Harper Adams are involved in research work, which helps ensure the content of the courses is at the forefront of the discipline. This also means that amongst the library books and online journals that students use, there may be some familiar names.

The Bamford Library and Faccenda Centre each have spaces in which students can work, either individually or in small groups, using either their own laptop computers or the provided desktop computers, all of which can access the network. Working spaces are zoned to reflect different working conditions, so there is a study space for everybody, whether they need silence or work better in a livelier environment.

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