One Year Farming

Royal Agricultural University
In Cirencester

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Important information

Typology Course
Level Intermediate
Location Cirencester
Duration 1 Year
  • Course
  • Intermediate
  • Cirencester
  • Duration:
    1 Year

The Royal Agricultural University is an internationally renowned provider of agricultural education whose alumni include those who have become leaders in the industry. The One Year Farming course is an intensive short training course, designed to equip the prospective landowner, farmer or manager with the basic knowledge required for running contemporary farm enterprises.

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Royal Agricultural University Certificate of Agriculture, and will be entitled to use the MRAU post-nominal letters.

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?

As a tailor-made skills-based course, it provides you with the opportunity to hone your practical skills, both on the University farms and at the University's Rural Innovation Centre.

· Requirements

- GCSE: Five GCSEs grades A*-C. English and Maths are required. - You will be expected to provide evidence of effective use of time post-GCSE. - A period of practical farming experience is also highly recommended.

What you'll learn on the course

Agriculture Farming
Agriculture Research
Agriculture Development
Agricultural farm management
Real Estate Management
Livestock farming
Skills and Training

Course programme


The course covers all key aspects of modern farming practices, including science, crop, and animal husbandry, as well as farm mechanisation, administration and an introduction to farm and estate management. This short course aims to expand your understanding of some of the current challenges facing the agricultural industry, such as the food supply chain, traceability and sustainability.

The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, and practical classes at the University farms and laboratories. Assessment activities centre largely around real-life scenarios based on the farms. You’ll complete project work, case studies, presentations, and one-to-one discussions. There are termly examinations to monitor progress and provide feedback.

  • Crop Production and Science
  • Estate Management
  • Farm Administration
  • Farming and the Environment
  • General Agricultural Issues
  • Livestock Production and Science
  • Machinery and Buildings
  • Skills training

To complement your core studies, you’ll be encouraged to select from a significant choice of rural skills courses, which may include training in the following categories:
  • Machinery operation and maintenance
  • Health and safety
  • Crop health (pesticides and agronomy)
  • Estate management
  • Livestock husbandry and veterinary skills

Additional information

This is a privately-funded course. Applicants will not have access to student loans from the Student Loans Company or other government funding initiatives. Fees must be paid in advance at the start of each term.

Please note that this course is outside of the UCAS system and does not lead to UCAS tariff points. It is intended as a unique, stand-alone, training course and does not guarantee entry onto Royal Agricultural University Foundation or Honours degree courses.

Fees for 2017 applicants:

UK and EU students

Full-time fees - £10,500 per year

Part-time fees - £5,250 per year (Duration of course 2 years) 

International students

Full-time fees - £11,550 per year

Part-time fees - £5,775 per year (Duration of course 2 years)

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

Part-time fees will be charged on a pro-rata basis.

Please note: The University cannot sponsor international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK for the specific course. International students can study on a part-time basis only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Tier 4 Child/General).

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