Cornwall College

BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management

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.

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.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Strategic Management Issues (CORD312)

      This module enables students to evaluate different management strategies and theoretical approaches, and how they can be used in the context of current issues affecting the sector. These approaches will be explored in relation to their relevance and application in developing appropriate strategies for businesses.

    • Honours Project (CORD333)

      This module allows students to explore in detail an academic subject of their choice. The module comprises a substantial research study element, which includes a literature review, experimental design, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data and report writing.

    • Marketing (CORD334)

      This module aims to illustrate the dynamic influences on a business and the need for a planned approach to marketing through marketing management.

    Optional modules

    • Environmental Management (CORD3007)

      This module enables students to devise and evaluate management plans and policies as they apply to projects, organisations and agencies involved with environmental issues.

    • Personal Development Planning (CORD308)

    • 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.

    • Funding and Developing Rural Projects (RBM306)

      The module discusses funding within the rural sector, including statutory and non-statutory routes, as well as the role and funding routes of Non Governmental Organisations (NGO's). The module identifies projects, potential funding routes and assembles project bids.

    • International Rural Development (RBM309)

      This modules develops the understanding of Rural Development in an international context, including the ability to look at rural change from a number of different perspectives. It allows students to pursue rural development issues both in the UK and worldwide.

    • Food Manufacturing Technology (RBM310)

      This module aims to address key factors in the food production chain which are necessary to ensure the safety and quality of food and discussion of the concepts and principles that underpin its effective management. A food chain approach will be taken with the inclusion of topical issues in relation to the agri-food industry.

    • 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.

    • Managing Leisure (RBM313)

      This module investigates the differing perspectives and approaches to developing an understanding of leisure. It furthers focuses upon the more recent trends and developments regarding the use of time and space for individuals and groups.

    • Food Processing Systems (RBM316)

      Food Processing Systems builds on the knowledge gained in Food Processing and Food Unit Operations to look at developments in food processing systems.

    • Controversial Issues in the Food Industry (RBM317)

      This module is designed to enable graduates to communicate effectively with a range of audiences on topics of controversy within the broader food industry.

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.
Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

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. 

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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