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    Agriculture

    This programme aims to equip the farmers of the future with a range of applied farming skills and knowledge.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: Foundation Degree Science
    • Course Code: D400
    • Start Date: 09/09/2019
    • Duration: 2 Years Full Time
    • Campus: Easton
    • Entry requirements: Our typical offer is 64 UCAS tariff points form A levels or equivalent A minimum of GCSE maths, English and science (preferred) grade 4/c or above or National Literacy and Numeracy tests at Level 2 or 3 UCAS points from Scottish Highers or Advanced levels are accepted UCAS points from Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted Welsh Baccalaureate UCAS tariff points from BTEC or City and Guilds diplomas are accepted Open University credits in lieu of A levels Access to HE Diplomas at Pass level with suitable science or land-based credits Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience: If you have achieved a qualification of credits towards a Higher Education programme at another Higher Education Institution you may be able to enter Level 5 or accredit matching modules. Please see our further information on our Credit Transfer/APL/APEL area.
    • Cost:Full-time £7500

    This programme is available as a 2 year full-time and aims to address an identified skills shortage within the agriculture sector at level 4.  It aims to produce learners who have the management and vocational skills to operate at management/supervisory level within a rapidly re-structuring industry.  The modules selected offer a balance of practical/vocationally weighted units and those aimed at developing cognitive skills which are transferable

    Securing food production for the future of the UK and globally in a sustainable manner is key in government priorities and as such the industry need knowledgeable, forward thinking employees to enter the industry.  Agriculture is classically seen as the cultivation of the land and production of animals but modern agriculture encompasses soilless systems, growing under cover, the use of technology and data driven production and needs sound business and management skills in its staff.

    This foundation degree programme aims to equip the farmers of the future with a range of applied farming skills and knowledge.  Study at this level provides a balance of subjects in arable, livestock, machinery and business examining traditional and innovative farming methods.

    The programme links strongly to the industry especially to employers and organisation within East Anglia, students have access to our College farm and its production units and as part of the programme will undertake work experience to further develop employable skills.  There is an ethos of farming in a sustainable way understanding the need to care for the environment.

    Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students)

    Credit Value

    Professional and Academic Skills

    Core

    All year

    20

    Workplace Dynamics and Performance

    Core

    All year

    20

    Livestock Production

    Non-Core

    All year

    20

    Crop Production

    Non-Core

    All year

    20

    Applied Agricultural Science

    Non-Core

    All year

    20

    Farm Mechanisation and Infrastructure

    Non-Core

    All year

    20

    Level 5 (Year2 for full time students

    Workbased Research Project

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Practical Landbased Skills

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Farm Business Management

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Agriculture Environment

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Food Production Industry

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture

    Non-Core

    Al Year

    20

    Students are taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, guest speakers and practical activities within laboratories or on our farm units and estate. This mix of teaching and learning methods allows students to develop both academic and farm competencies side by side, applying theory from the classroom in real situations. Typical groups sizes are of 16-18 but are larger for cross-college modules (40 +), this smaller group profile allows you more contact time and support from our lecturers and subjects specialists. Technical staff such as laboratory technicians, farms technicians and unit managers support the team and may deliver supportive sessions.

    Students will be expected to utilise computers widely in research and producing their work and will have access to the programme Virtual learning Environment that support lectures and provided additional materials of interest.

    Independent learning-

    When not in timetabled sessions you are expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journals articles, books and working on individual assessments or project work and preparation for examinations. You will be expected to work in groups at time for formative tasks or for summative assessment. This independent work is supported by the college’s library facilities, HE computer suite/common room and access to online journals and VLE materials.

    Overall workload-

    Students should expect to spend 25-30% of their time in scheduled activities.

    Level 4

    Teaching Learning and Assessment 300 hours

    Independent Learning 900 hours

    Level 5

    Teaching learning and Assessment 300

    Independent Learning 900 hours

    The programme provides you with a range of opportunities to display your understanding and application of the subject informally prior to summative assessments that will count towards your final grade. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative (practice) work for which feedback is provided from tutors or peers but grades will not be provided for this work.

    Formal (summative) assessments may be mid or towards the end of modules. A range of methods are utilised to assess performance including (but not limited to) examinations, essays or literature reviews, presentations, posters, portfolios, observed practical work and project reports. The grades from each formal assessment count towards an overall module grade.

    The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on modules selected.

    Feedback

    Feedback on coursework is provided via an online system. Feedback on examination performance is available in a broad summary but further feedback is available on request to the module leader.

    Feedback is intended to help you to learn and to build your performance over time, therefor we encourage discussion of performance and progress with your programme tutor.

    We aim to provide feedback within 21 working days.

    Modules within this programme include work experience hours. Advice and Guidance will be provided to students at the start of these modules and information such as current work experience providers is available via Student Services

    Level 4 – Professional and Academic Skills includes a requirement to complete 100 hours of work within the industry/sector of study

    Level 5 – Work-based Research Project includes a requirement to complete 100 hours of project related work (including meetings, planning, data collection) with an identified employer or organisation within the industry/sector of study

    Additional costs such as travel, accommodation and subsistence may be incurred and are the responsibility of the student

    Easton and Otley College aims to support students with learning needs. Applicants that have identified needs are eligible for support via DSA which aims to provide equipment, training or additional support to students on Higher Education programmes. Further information is available at application or during enrolment and induction.

    Bursaries


    The College provides a bursaries and funds available for undergraduate students which you may be eligible to apply for. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support along with their value for more information see the Financial Support pages.

    Facilities

    220 hectare farm

    Dedicated HE area including common room, study facilities and kitchen

    4 on site laboratories

    Farm units include- agricultural engineering workshop and machinery, pig unit, poultry unit, suckler cattle, flock of sheep (varying varieties including the Norfolk Horn

    Range of teaching and learning rooms including lecture theatre and conference facilities

    Well equipped library

    Free wi -fi

    Free parking

    HE accommodation

    • BSc Honours Degree in Agriculture (Top-Up)
    • Employment

    Past graduates have been employed within Young Farmers, dairy farming, farm contracting, farm management and lecturing.'

    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    Applications for accommodation usually open late Spring. For more information pleae see the following link; Student accommodation

    Students aged 19 ( as of 31 August) and above can study any of our part time or short courses as well as our Access to Higher Education and Higher Education programme. Some of floristry, horticulture and arboriculture courses may also be available to adult learners. Please contact the College Admissions Team for more information, 08000 224556. Adult learning

    Yes, you can speak to the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who can provide general course choice advice and guidance or you can drop in to one of our Course Advice Days.

    Course Advice Days are normally held on Saturday morning's from 9am-12pm. They provide an excellent opportunity to speak to course tutors, find out more about the courses we offer, have a tour of the facilities and speak to Student Services about any non academic questions like transport or bursaries. Dates are advertised on our website. Course Advice Day

    We also have our campus open days, known as a 'Big Day Out' which take place in the summer term. Both campuses and facilities are available for you to explore, speak to tutors and students, watch demonstrations and have a go at activities. If you like what you see you can also make an application on the day. Details on the Big Day Out will be advertised on our website nearer the time

    Please see the following links for more information on applying for your bus pass;Easton transport information or Otley transport information

    Please contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who will be able to advise of any future interview dates and rebook your interview to a suitable date.

    To cancel your application pleae contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 or use the contact us form on our website.

    The College Admissions Team will send out letters to all students aged 19 and over, on relevant courses, providing all the information needed from Easton & Otley College to enable you to make an online application with Student Finance England. These letters will be sent out during the summer term.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.