The one-year BSc Agriculture (Top-up) degree at Aberystwyth University will provide a direct route to a BSc Honours degree if you already hold a FdSc or HND in Agriculture (subject to grades) or other equivalent course. Aberystwyth is surrounded by a great diversity of farmland and agricultural terrain, and you will receive a high-quality academic education alongside vocational training on our commercially managed university farms.
The BSc Agriculture (Top-up) degree will provide you with a sound understanding of planning techniques for farm businesses, including how to construct fully detailed farm business plans. You will gain practical experience of acting as a consultant to the manager or owner of an agricultural enterprise or business, providing solutions to the real-life challenges facing them. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in livestock production, crop and grassland production or the agri-environment through a choice of optional modules.
Visits to farms, rural businesses and organisations involved in the regulation and management of the countryside will highlight the key issues at stake and enable you to see the practical business applications of your theoretical and academic learning.
The majority of teaching staff in the Department of Life Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry. The Department has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.
Modules September start - 2024
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.
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Advances in Agriculture *||BR34820||20|
|Farm Planning and Advanced Farm Management||BR31620||20|
|Research Project *||BR36440||40|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Crop and Grassland Production Science||BR37220||20|
|Livestock Production Science *||BR30820||20|
|Sustainable Land Management||BR30420||20|
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Our graduates have achieved successful careers in many areas of agriculture and its related industries, including enterprise and farm management, animal health and nutrition, agricultural politics and administration, crop and grassland agronomy, as well as administrative, consultancy and sales careers with agricultural supply companies.
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Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
On this course you will witness the connection between research and analysis in agriculture and the impacts they have in the real world in the form of improved technology, crops and animal welfare.
You will gain a sound understanding of business planning techniques and investment appraisal which will allow you to construct fully detailed farm business plans (including financial statements). You will also become familiar with the role of the Farm Business Survey in comparative analysis and benchmarking - a tool which will be invaluable in your future employment situation, allowing you to compare your farm’s performance and profitability to other farms in the UK and EU.
How will I be taught?
This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Not all your learning will be classroom-based however, as there will also be visits to farms, research establishments and agri-businesses throughout the UK as an integral part of the course.
You will be assessed through numerous methods including essays, oral presentations, reports, business plans, literature reviews and exams.
You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be your main contact throughout the duration of your studies. Your personal tutor can help you to settle in when you first arrive and will be available to help you with academic or personal matters.
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels Normally must pass a Foundation Degree or HND in Agriculture or another appropriate subject area with an overall grade of Merit or above
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh, Science and Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.
Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.
The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.