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FdSc Agriculture

For 2018 Start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 5 Agriculture & Countryside Management

This agriculture programme widens your knowledge of the agricultural industry, with a view to managing agricultural operations after graduation. The programme provides a thorough understanding of modern farming production systems and an in-depth knowledge of the underlying scientific and technological principles. You can focus on chosen subject areas, including the science and technology underpinning livestock and crop production and management. Additionally you will gain a comprehensive understanding of modern farming systems and the wider issues facing the agricultural industry, including the key areas of sustainable food production and the impact of climate change.

The FdSc Agriculture is delivered using a combination of approaches to enable the acquisition of required academic knowledge. Practical farm management is also integral and the programme benefits from industry-wide support. The programme is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, seminars, presentations, case studies, practicals, tests and examinations. Work-related learning is embedded throughout.

Facilities at our Duchy College Stoke Climsland campus:

  • 240 Ha of farmable land
  • 260 cows
  • Small pedigree British Lop pig herd
  • Arable crops: whole crop, wheat, maize, barley
  • North Wyke grass variety trials
  • NIAB trials

Possible careers available with this qualification:

  • Enterprise Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Farm Consultant
  • Agronomist
  • Agricultural-related Financial Manager
  • Machinery Sales and Contracting
  • Technical Advisor
  • Land Management
  • Nutritionist
  • Estate Management


Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: D401
  • Institution codes: DUCHY D55
  • Awarded by: Duchy College & Plymouth University
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. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. 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.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

FdSc Agriculture (Stoke Climsland) Handbook (2017-18) updated Feb 2018


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Understanding the Farm Business
  • Agriculture & the Food Chain
  • Research Skills
  • Crop Production & Soil Science
  • Livestock Production
  • Farm Mechanisation & Post-harvest Technology
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Research Project
  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Agricultural Management in Practice
  • Contemporary Issues

Options (choose two)

  • Plant Legislation, Technology & Marketing
  • Analysis & Development of Livestock Enterprises
  • Effective Leadership
  • Risk Management & Innovation in Finance
  • Business Administration & E-commerce

*Modules are subject to change and availability




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