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Agriculture Foundation Degree (FdSc)

Agriculture student with cattle at Shuttleworth College


Agriculture Foundation Degree (FdSc) (Full-time)

This course will provide you with high-quality, advanced skills and knowledge in sustainable crop, livestock and land management. You will gain practical skills on our college farm combined with advanced scientific, technical and business enterprise skills which are key components of the course. You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience through the completion of an extended work experience.

Our unique course in Agriculture offers a combination of practical, scientific, technical and business principles learning to underpin a career in the agricultural sector. By applying such principles in a vocational context and understanding the appropriate methods of enquiry for this subject area you will gain a thorough understanding of the field and will enhance your employability skills.

Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


  • 32-48 UCAS points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma – PPP – D*D*D*
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification – including A-Levels
  • Applicants must have a GCSE in English and maths at 4 or above
  • Applicants must have a GCSE in English and maths at 4 or above
What qualification will I gain?

Foundation Degree in Agriculture.

How will I be assessed?

The predominant method of assessment is written assignments, with some units having end of year exams attached to them.

Course content

What will I study?

Units covered:

Level 4 – Year 1

  • Scientific Methods in Agriculture
  • Sustainable Crop Production
  • Business Development in Agriculture and Land Management
  • Sustainable Crop Production

Level 5 – Year 2

  • Agricultural Science Biotechnology
  • Sustainable Land Management
  • Business Enterprise in the Agricultural Sector
  • Investigating Sustainable Agriculture

Next steps

Course progression:

BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Top-up) based at Shuttleworth.

Career progression:

Farm worker (livestock and crop), agricultural research.

Additional information

You will need:

Steel toe capped boots and overalls for the practical sessions.

Any questions?

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Take the next step

Apply through UCAS

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Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 02/10/2023
Type: HE
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £6,165.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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Funding Information

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.