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FdSc Estate & Farm Enterprise Management

For 2020 start

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 5 Agriculture & Countryside Management

This programme will provide a pathway to a challenging and exciting career for anyone interested in the broad range of enterprises associated with the land. It encompasses agriculture enterprises and countryside management and reviews forestry, game and fisheries management as key enterprises. Knowledge of these aspects of the rural sector is enhanced with industry visits and work placement.

You will cover whole farm reviews, building design and conversion, landlord-tenant issues, planning and development, integrated estate planning, the use of renewables and access to the countryside. The College’s own farm, equine stables and shooting estate are all used to gain skills and knowledge of running diverse enterprises. The programme also requires those with entrepreneurial and innovative skills to overcome the associated issues of food security, environmental management and climate change.

Your studies will also include the practicalities of rearing stock, crops, game birds and deer; and the control of pests and vermin. The programme also reviews the estate and its role as a service industry, encompassing customer care and human resource management.

You will study a combination of classroom theory sessions and practical sessions in the field; giving you experience of estate management, fisheries, and farm enterprises. The land-based sessions are supported by a range of taught sessions, tutorials, and seminars; learning in a friendly environment with experts. The programme has many visits to a wealth of diverse land-based industries and related countryside. The unique element of this programme is that you will be able to gain an internship with leading employers in the industry.

Possible Progression (subject to availability)

– BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management final year at Duchy Stoke

Possible Careers

– Estate Manager

– Game Shoots Manager

– Senior Warden with Wildlife Trusts

– Estates Events Manager

– Fisheries Manager

– National Trust Ranger

– Environment Agency

– National Park Warden

– Retail Rural Stores Manager

– Farm Advisory Officer


Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: 09H4
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.


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Indicative Module Year 1

  • Research Skills
  • Soil - Plant - Animal Interactions
  • Game & Fishery Management
  • Agricultural Production Systems
  • Understanding the Farm Business
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development
  • Estate & Farm Enterprise Management in Practice I

Indicative Module Year 2



  • Research Project
  • Rural Enterprise Diversification
  • Habitat & Species Management
  • Estate Management
  • Woodland Management
  • Estate & Farm Enterprise Management in Practice II

*Modules are subject to change and availability



FdSc Estate & Farm Enterprise Management

Start Date





2 years full-time

FdSc Estate & Farm Enterprise Management

Start Date





3 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

If you come into the International category (non EU*) and Channel Island (inc. Isle of Man) the tuition fee may vary – click here for full fee information