This 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.
Student Satisfaction and Employability Results
3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Agriculture (NSS 2021)
3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Microbiology and Cell Science (NSS 2021)
Top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Animal Science (NSS 2021)
Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Ecology and Environmental Biology (NSS 2021)
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 also 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.
Here is why we think that Aberystwyth is a great place for you
- You will experience inspiring teaching that provides you with the practical skills and scientific knowledge base to underpin your future career
- You will have access to our own farms and will visit farms and commercial businesses that are industry leaders in innovation and technical know-how
- You will take part in a week-long field course / study tour to gain an understanding of the relationship between policy, socio-economic factors, agricultural practices and the rural economy
- You will benefit from lectures by guest speakers from the agricultural sector.
A prize-winning institute that will help you reach your full potential!
This top-up 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 IBERS is the largest and best-resourced university department of its kind in the UK.
Passionate teaching staff who are experts in their field
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!
Want to study in Welsh?
Some of our modules are offered though the medium of Welsh as well as English. If you choose to study through the medium of Welsh you may be eligible for a bursary.
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.
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|
|Research Project *||BR36440||40|
|Advances in Agriculture||BR34820||20|
|Farm Planning and Advanced Farm Management||BR31620||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Crop and Grassland Production Science||BR37220||20|
|Livestock Production Science||BR30820||20|
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Your BSc in Agriculture (Top-up) 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 agronomist and a wide range of roles in the ancillary industries and with government and local authorities. Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.
Learning & Teaching
Core modules you may study on this course include:
- Farm Planning and Advanced Farm Management
- Advances in Agriculture *
- Critical Review *
- Research Project *
Optional modules you may select to develop your specialist interests include:
- Livestock Production Science *
- Crop and Grassland Production Science
- The Agri-Environment
* also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh.
Modes of teaching
This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. You will work with your allocated tutor to undertake your own research project or critical review on a specialised subject. You will also look at the connection between research and analysis and their real-world outputs in the form of improved technology, crops and animal welfare.
Methods of assessment
You will be assessed through numerous methods including essays, oral presentations, reports, business plans, literature reviews and exams.
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):
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 applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. 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 are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org