FdSc Applied Agriculture Science

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Agriculture AG072A01/20/1 Higher Education

Course Information

Due to the multitude of challenges facing the agricultural industry and an increasing awareness of the relationship between farming, food production, tourism, the environment and rural affairs, there is currently a shortage of highly skilled and qualified professionals within the industry. This foundation degree programme will prepare you for a career in agriculture, by combining applied scientific and research skills with an in-depth knowledge of livestock technology and crop science. Furthermore, it will support the government's commitment to agriculture through its Agri-Tech strategy.

You will develop a scientific understanding of the nutrition, physiology, behaviour, health and welfare of farm production animals and the impact that their environment has on them. You will also learn about crop science and productivity at a genetic, field and farm level. You will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to apply scientific knowledge and innovative technology to optimise crop and animal production and develop an understanding of the issues affecting sustainable agriculture at both a global and UK level.


  • FdSc Applied Agriculture Science
Course Content
  • Year 1
    Introduction to Business Management
    Introduction to Soil and Environmental Science
    Introduction to Crop Science
    Introduction to Livestock Science
    Agricultural Mechanisation
    Study and Research Skills
    Agricultural Policy and Legislation
    Animal Health and Disease

    Year 2
    Agricultural Research Project
    Professional Practice
    Applied Livestock Production
    Applied Crop Production
    Farm Business Management

    Option Modules (2 units from below)
    Livestock Production Disease
    Applied Animal Nutrition and Reproduction
    Sustainable Agronomy and Livestock Production
    Applied Breeding and Population Genetics
    Experimental Field Trial Design and Analysis
Entry Requirements
  • A maximum of 64 UCAS tariff points equivalent to grade 4 / C in A Level Biology or MPP in Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) Agriculture/ Animal Management or MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma Agriculture/ Animal Management.5 GCSEs grade 4 / C or above including English, Maths or Science.150 hours work experience on a commercial farm.
Next Steps
  • Top Up opportunites are at the Royal Agricultural University in BSc (Hons) programmes in Agriculture and Agricultural Management.
Career Opportunities
  • About 70% of the UK's land area is given over to agriculture, so this is a subject representing an important part of the country's economy.

    The opportunities for graduates from this course are potentially very broad and typical starting jobs for graduates in agriculture include crop and livestock science, farming and farm management, consultancy and research, but also, less obviously, surveying, estates work, heritage and conservation.

    Examples of jobs include: Agronomist, Arable Trials Officer, Agricultural Land officerCommercial NutritionistCrop Trials OfficerDairy Management ConsultantFormulations Manager Animal FeedFarm Management ConsultantFarm Liaison ManagerFood and Farming ConsultantsLivestock AnalystLivestock ConsultantPig ManagerPoultry Processing Plant ManagerResearch AssociateRuminant Technical Sales SpecialistSpecialist AdvisorSeed Production ManagerSenior Dairy Cow Technical Feed Sales ExecutiveTechnical Sales Animal NutritionTechnical Seeds SpecialistTechnical Ruminant Specialist

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
22-Sep-2020 (Already Started) 31-Jul-2022 10.00 a.m. 4.00p.m.
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Tue - Thu
Course Fees

Students on this course are normally eligible for a student loan depending on their circumstances.
Personal protective equipment, week-long study tour, external trips to UK farms.

Materials Required

Personal protective equipment (overalls, steel toe-capped wellington boots, steel toe-capped work boots, appropriate outdoor clothing).General stationery.

What's next?

Applications for this course are now closed. If you'd like to know when there will be another or need more information we are happy to answer any questions.