BSc Agriculture with Countryside Management

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

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In choosing Aberystwyth University's Agriculture with Countryside Management Degree you will study a combination of science, production, conservation and land management methods. Integrating agriculture and environmental management you will be immersed in contemporary issues including environmentally-sensitive farming methods, farm support and wildlife habitats. Similarly you will be exposed to the pressures driving farmers to diversify and the strategic responses that occur as a result. Ultimately the Agriculture with Countryside Management Degree provides you with the knowledge, technical and practical skills which modern land managers need to cope with these conflicting pressures. This four-year course includes at least 36 weeks of work experience in a related area, undertaken in the third year. The University has developed a large number of links with employers in the UK and overseas and will provide you with assistance in finding work experience opportunities. Upon successful completion of the Agriculture with Countryside Management Degree you will possess the skills and attributes sought by employers and will be particularly suited to careers at the interface between farming and other land uses. 

Here is why we think that Aberystwyth is a great place for you. . . .

  • State-of-the-art teaching that provides you with the practical skills and scientific knowledge base to underpin your future career
  • Nine months of work experience as a core component of the course
  • Linkage between agriculture and countryside management provides ideal preparation for future careers
  • Visits to farms and businesses that lead the industry in innovation and technical know-how
  • Study through the medium of English or Welsh.

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Overview

Your BSc in Agriculture with Countryside Management opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. You will be a strong candidate for work as an agricultural consultant, farm manager, or agri-environment advisor, and because of your countryside management training and experience, you will also have the added opportunity of pursuing a career as a planning officer, an estate or park manager, forester, ranger or conservationist.

What will I be taught?

As you progress through the course you will study subject area such as:
• Animal production
• Agronomy and crop improvement
• Farm planning and business management
• Food, farming and the environment
• Ecology
• Habitat and wildlife management

Will I gain work experience that makes me more employable?

This course requires students to complete a nine months work of experience between the 2nd and final year. This can be on a farm or allied business or with a countryside management organisation. It allows students to
• Gain practical experience in the workplace
• Apply academic and vocational knowledge
• Gain experience and skills that make you more employable

Aberystwyth is surrounded by a great diversity of farmland and agricultural terrain. It also has access to a wide variety of important conservation sites such as National Parks, National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. In addition, you will have access to the 1,000 hectare university farms, which are managed commercially by the Institute as well as being used for teaching and research.

This degree is delivered by our award-winning Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), which is also the home of the Farm Business Survey for Wales. Aberystwyth University has a long-established and enviable reputation throughout the world for its teaching and research in agriculture and rural science, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences is the largest and best-resourced university department of its kind in the UK.

93% of our 2014 IBERS graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, up 6 percentage points from the previous year (DLHE 2014). This increase reflects our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results also show a significant improvement with 92% of students satisfied with the quality of the teaching on their course (5 percentage points higher than the UK average).

A prize-winning institute that can help you achieve your full potential

  • Our students have won the “Biology Student of the Year” award at the European Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Awards, and the Welsh Ornithologists’ Union Student Prize!
  • Our Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) received the ''Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology'' award at the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards. 
  • Our Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in conjunction with Bangor University had the 5th strongest submission in the UK for the Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014).

Many have won awards for their teaching and they come from a diverse range of backgrounds, with a wide range of expertise and extensive links with the agricultural industry. Make no mistake, you will be learning from the best!

Some of our modules are taught in Welsh as well as English. If you study through the medium of Welsh you may be eligible for a generous bursary.

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Business, Economics And Land Use BR10400

Crop And Grassland Management BR10700

Semester 2

Business, Economics And Land Use BR10420

Crop And Grassland Management BR10720

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 2

Y Diwydiant Amaethyddol - Sgiliau Cynllun-benodol BG11110

The Agricultural Industry - Scheme Specific Skills BR11110

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 2

Datblygu A Rheoli Cynefinoedd Ym Mhrydain BG10810

The Development And Management Of British Habitats BR10810

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Cyflwyniad I Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG11400

Introduction To Livestock Production Systems BR11400

Semester 2

Cyflwyniad I Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG11410

Introduction To Livestock Production Systems BR11410

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Sgiliau Astudio A Chyfathrebu BG12410

Study And Communication Skills BR12410

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 2

Llystyfiant Ac Ecosystemau BG12920

Vegetation And Ecosystems BR12920

Year 1 Options Choose 20 credits. Where modules are offered bilingually: choose your preferred language if applicable

Semester 1

Bioleg Cymhwysol Anifeiliad BG13300

Making The British Countryside BR11920

Applied Animal Biology BR13300

Semester 2

Bioleg Cymhwysol Anifeiliad BG13320

Applied Animal Biology BR13320

Year 2 Core (40 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Farm Business Management And Appraisal BR21000

Semester 2

Agronomy And Crop Improvement BR20320

Farm Business Management And Appraisal BR21020

Year 2 Core (20 Credits) You must take the following module

Semester 1

Wildlife Management BR24100

Semester 2

Wildlife Management BR24120

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Bwyd, Ffermio A'r Amgylchedd BG21920

Food, Farming And The Environment BR21920

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Dulliau Ymchwil BG23400

Research Methods BR23400

Semester 2

Dulliau Ymchwil BG23420

Research Methods BR23420

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG20400

Livestock Production Systems BR20400

Semester 2

Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG20420

Livestock Production Systems BR20420

Year 3 Core (120 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Work Experience RSS0000

Work Experience RSS0100

Semester 2

Work Experience RSS0060

Work Experience RSS0160

Final Year Core (40 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

The Agri-environment BR30420

Semester 2

Crop And Grassland Production Science BR32020

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Taith Astudio Amaethyddol A'r Amgylchedd Gwaith BG34010

Agricultural Study Tour And The Work Environment BR34010

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Gwyddor Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG30800

Livestock Production Science BR30800

Semester 2

Gwyddor Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG30820

Livestock Production Science BR30820

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Traethawd Estynedig BG32300

Dissertation BR32300

Semester 2

Traethawd Estynedig BG32330

Dissertation BR32330

Final Year Options Choose 20 credits

Semester 1

Farm Planning And Advanced Farm Management BR31600

Semester 2

Farm Planning And Advanced Farm Management BR31620

Wildlife Conservation BR34520

Employability

Career Prospects

Your BSc in Agriculture with Countryside Management opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. You will be a strong candidate for work as an agricultural consultant, farm manager, or agri-environment advisor. And because of your countryside management training and experience, you will also have the added opportunity of pursuing a career as a planning officer, an estate or park manager, forester, ranger or conservationist.

Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation. You will have first-rate technical and biological knowledge, combined with the ability to manage a farm, estate or countryside park efficiently, productively and safely. You will be confident in handling data and a strong communicator in both written and oral forms. You will also have valuable skills in the management of people, animals and ecologies, and you will possess the latest expertise in agricultural best practice.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Agriculture with Countryside Management will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form

• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills

• the ability to work independently

• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines

• self-motivation and self-reliance

• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

• research skills

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

You will study a fascinating blend of science, technology and management methods, starting with a firm grounding in biology, animal and crop production and habitat management. You will move on to cover topics including business, land use, the agri-environment and wildlife conservation.

You will gain expertise in countryside and land management at all levels from small habitats to diverse ecosystems and competing systems within one area. In the final year, the week-long residential Study Tour module will give you first-hand experience of the diverse needs within the British countryside, in which you will look at specific examples of economic, geographic, and social factors relating to agriculture and the rural economy.

Among many skills, you will learn to: review and select relevant information from a wealth of scientific and technical literature; understand and explain the implications of developments in subjects such as nutrition and production systems; implement improvements to land use models; and plan projects and manage them in simulations and practical exercises.

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and field visits. You will have plenty of opportunities to apply your academic learning in practical activities and workshops. You will also look at the connection between research and analysis exercises and their real-world outputs in the forms of improved technology and different options for responsible and productive land management.

You will be assessed through essays, practical exercises, oral presentations, exams and a substantial final dissertation. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks. In all these areas you will need to demonstrate scientific rigour and apply a systematic approach to the problems with which you are presented.

As you progress, you will gain a wealth of practical, scientific and academic skills that will assist you in your future career or further study in the fields of agriculture and countryside management. The course will also prepare you for more general graduate employment, as your broad business skills and experience in managing people, animals and resources will be enormous assets in any career path you choose.

The university's vibrant culture of academic and vocational learning will support you in your agricultural training and encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your theoretical and practical expertise so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Key Information Set

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 4D14

Tariff Required: 250 - 280

Entry Requirements: GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh and Mathematics and a Science subject. Grade C in relevant A level Science. Students not taking relevant Science A Level may be made an offer based on individual merit following interview.

Course Length: 4 Years

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