AVAILABLE BRAND: Duchy College | LEARNING AREAS: Agriculture & Countryside Management COURSES

FdSc Agriculture

For 2017 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:

  • 600 acres of arable, dairy, beef and sheep farms
  • 280 dairy cows
  • New demonstration parlour in planning for 2016
  • 120 ewes
  • Small herd of North Devon cows
  • Demonstration herd of British Lop pigs
  • Arable crops: wheat, maize, barley
  • Large selection of machinery. Including a range of new John Deere tractors
  • AHDB crop trials

You will also have the opportunity for a Cornwall county farm mock viewing, with experience in preparing and submitting a business plan, receiving real industry feedback.

Trips opportunities available to past and current student include:

  • Houses of Parliament
  • The Farmers Club
  • Bristol Vet School
  • John Bowler’s Eggs
  • Annual study tour visiting farms and businesses in the UK and abroad
  • National Trust farms
  • Agricultural shows – Royal Cornwall, Devon County, The Dairy Event, Beef South West

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

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: D401
  • Institution codes: DUCHY D55
  • Awarded by: Duchy College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £7500
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.

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Course Documents

FdSc Agriculture Stoke Handbook


Indicative Modules 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 Modules Year 2

- Research Project

- Business Planning

- Contemporary Issues

- Strategic Development

Options (choose two)

- Plant Legislation, Technology & Marketing

- Analysis & Development of Livestock Enterprises

- Effective Leadership

- Risk Management & Innovation in Finance

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Agriculture

Start Date

September 2017


Stoke Climsland


2 years full-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £7500

FdSc Agriculture

Start Date



Stoke Climsland


3 years part-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £5000

FdSc Agriculture - with Science Gateway

Start Date



Stoke Climsland


3 years full-time

Extra Information

This option includes an additional Science Gateway year which is ideal if you don’t have the right qualifications to apply for a degree programme straight away. If you are applying for the FdSc Agriculture - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: 330B. Please note that when studying the Science Gateway programme, you will be based at Cornwall College Newquay.

*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.

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

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