Cornwall College

BSc (Hons) Agriculture

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate courses across seven campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Personal and Employability Skills Development (CORC1013C)

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

    • Crop Production and Soil Science (CORD1039)

      This module will develop a basic understanding and working knowledge of the scientific principles involved in plant and soil science, which are essential for the successful production of agricultural plants.

    • Agri-Food Economics and Policy (CORD1042)

      The module is designed to explore the relationship between agriculture, food processing and the consumer. Students will gain an understanding of economics and policy with regard to the agri-food sector, the creation and ownership of value across the agri-food chain and supply chain management issues.

    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CORD1043)

      The module will introduce the concept of entrepreneurship and discuss the role that entrepreneurs play in the business world, together with concepts and practices of business management, starting businesses and identifying opportunities within the sector.

    • Livestock Production (CORD1053)

      This module will deliver the basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the biology of farm animals, livestock production systems, scientific principles of health, breeding and behaviour and the application of these to the successful production of farm livestock with reference to relevant welfare and financial considerations. 

    • Bioscience for Agriculture (CORD1054)

      A basic understanding and working knowledge of the scientific principles underpinning land-based science is essential for students to develop and progress higher level understanding. This module establishes base line knowledge of underpinning science related to agriculture and food.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Effective Leadership (ABMR209)

      The module allows the student to explore the role of leadership within organisations including both the practical and theoretical aspects of leadership and how the concept is changing over time.

    • Analysis and Development of Livestock Enterprises (CORD2092)

      Production of any livestock should reflect all influences, both internal and external, on the business, including; market, animal and legislative requirements and environmental considerations. This module will bring these together in a cohesive manner for selected production systems.

    • Agritech in Practice (CORD2094)

      The module allows the student to gain valuable experience within the work place. Students will undertake a period of work not less than 80 hours, with an agritech business. Prior to commencing work students will undertake a reflective portfolio with regard to their own skills and employability status. After completing, the students will conduct a critical analysis of the skills and abilities that they have gained.

    • Research Methods for Agriculture (CORD2095)

      The module will develop the students research ability. Knowledge and understanding related to; the research process, formulation of research questions, developing a research proposal, experimental design, appropriate and correct statistical analysis, presentation of data and results, constructing effective discussions and conclusions.

    • Applied Agricultural Science (CORD2096)

      This module develops the underpinning knowledge achieved at level four, applying it to a range of agricultural contexts.

    • Plant Legislation, Technology and Marketing (CORD2105)

      Production of any crop should be as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. This module explores ways in which management decisions can optimise production in a way that has minimal impact on the environment. 

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Sustainable Grassland and Forage Production Systems (CORD338)

      This module enables students to investigate the role of grasslands in addressing environmental and food security challenges, through understanding the scientific principles and practical implementation behind grass and forage breeding, grazing management, nutrient planning and strategies for forage preservation.

    • Contemporary Issues in Food and Farming (CORD339)

      This module is designed to introduce current and emerging attitudes, ideas and approaches to the relationships between agriculture, environment and society, and will thus enable students to understand and contribute to the debate as to how these influence the food and farming industries.

    • Honours Project for Agriculture (CORD340)

      The student integrates subject specific knowledge and skills in Agriculture to develop a specialist area of in depth knowledge and with supervision from a subject specialist, conducts their own research investigation and reports their findings.

    • Agricultural Technology (RBM304)

      This module enables students to investigate recent advances in agricultural technology through understanding the scientific principles underlying them and appraisal of their existing and potential roles. The effects of their use on production, the market, public perceptions and the environment will be investigated.

    • Managing Animal Performance (RBM311)

      The underlying principles of animal performance will be explored and assessed in terms of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The manipulation of typical management regimes in order to optimise performance will be examined.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Our partnership with Cornwall College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.
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