Cornwall College

FdSc 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.

    • Agricultural Research and Skills Development (CORD1046)

      This module allows students to investigate and understand a range of recognised agricultural production techniques to develop their understanding of the research process that underpins contemporary agricultural production practice.

    • Understanding the Farm Business (CORD1048)

      This module is designed to provide an understanding of the preparation, examination and interpretation of financial and management accounts for the farm business. In addition students will also be provided with opportunities to engage in teamwork and evaluate communication skills, alongside investigation of employment legislation.

    • Crop Production and Soil Science (CORD1050)

      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.

    • Livestock Production (CORD1051)

      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.

    • Farm Mechanisation and Health and Safety (CORD1055)

      This module is intended to provide examples of the use, repair, construction and principles of a range of agricultural machinery. This module will also introduce students to the range of options available when considering the suitability and financial viability of machinery purchase. Students will evaluate working practices with regard to health and safety including lone working mental health considerations.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Contemporary Issues (CORD2098)

      The Contemporary Issues module will enable the student to explore current and future issues affecting the rural/land-based industry, such as legislation and local and global markets. It will identify changing business threats and opportunities. The module will also explore issues surrounding mental health and lone working practices.

    • Agricultural Management in Practice (CORD2099)

      The module allows the students to undertake a period of work not less than 80 hours within agricultural enterprises. Prior to commencing work students will complete a reflective portfolio with regard to their own skills and employability status. Following work placement the students will conduct a critical analysis of the skills and abilities that they have gained to update their CVs.

    • Strategic Business Planning (CORD2101)

      This module will enable the student to develop a strategic development plan and simulate the process of setting up a business, having identified a range of resources available to the business and an appreciation of the influence of farming system and wider issues affecting the business.

    • Analysis and Development of Livestock Enterprises (CORD2102)

      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

    • Research Project for Agriculture (CORD2104)

      This module allows students to select a topic relating to agriculture for examination, to undertake a review of the literature on the subject and a conduct a detailed original investigation.

    • 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. 

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.

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

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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