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Course Factsheet

BSc (Hons) Agriculture

Award Type:

BSc (Hons)



Study Modes available:


Delivery Method:


Course length:

3 years full-time

UCAS Code:



Myerscough College, Preston

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Entry Requirements:

260 UCAS Tariff points from one of the following:

•        3 A-levels at minimum C or above

•        BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at DMM

•        BTEC Level 3 Diploma at D*D

•        4 Scottish Highers at minimum C or above

•        4 Irish Highers at minimum C or above

•        International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points

AS levels and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own.  Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.

Consideration will be given to non-traditional qualifications and relevant work experience.  Applicants are encouraged to produce evidence of their potential to benefit from the course.  Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to successful interview.

Course Description:

Agriculture is currently facing many new challenges including climate change and the ability to produce food sustainably; however there is also a shortage of skilled professionals in a wide variety of positions within the industry.  Success in agriculture therefore requires individuals who can innovate and use up-to-date knowledge to drive the industry forward.  Furthermore, the responsibility of producing food sustainably falls firmly on agriculturalists that are able to use novel techniques and be receptive to new ideas.

This course has been designed to equip students with the underpinning science and technology associated with livestock and crop production as well as essential business entrepreneurism skills.  The final year options allows students to specialise in either livestock or crops or continue to study a mix of both but with a greater emphasis on sustainable and novel  technologies.


Year 1

Animal Science

Anatomy, physiology and environmental assessment are introduced through this core module.

Data Handling (half module)

This module provides a good grounding in methods of collecting and analysing data.  Students will make use of spreadsheets to calculate descriptive statistics and display data in a variety of appropriate formats, as well as developing their skills in the interpretation of scientific results.

Essential Plant Biology (half module)

This module aims to provide students with the essential knowledge of plant biology needed to allow successful management of their growth and development.  Students will discover how plant form and function relates to their basic needs in terms of light, water, nutrients and reproduction.

Essential Soil Science (half module) 

The module provides the underpinning knowledge and understanding of soil science, sufficient for students to be able to recognise soil properties (in both soil samples and in the field) and their influence on plant growth and development.

Principles of Crop Production

Gives an introduction into the principles of growing a range of agricultural crops covering the establishment, nutrition, protection, harvesting and storage of crops.  Constraints on crop production from pests, diseases and adverse environmental conditions are also introduced.

Principles of Livestock Production

This module aims to provide students with a sound technical base of livestock production techniques.  The module will identify factors that influence livestock enterprise output and evaluate how these principles are applied to practical agriculture with consideration to health, environment and welfare factors.

Study Skills and Personal Development (half module) 

Students will participate in a structured and supported process in order to enable them to understand what and how they are learning and to review, plan and take responsibility for their own learning and personal development in preparation for the working world.

UK Agriculture

Students will investigate the systems used for agricultural livestock and crop production and the support mechanisms that are in place for UK farmers.  The market trends for each sector will be analysed to determine its contribution to the UK economy.

Year 2

Business and Entrepreneurism

This module will evaluate entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process to develop students’ business planning skills.  This includes marketing and finance in order to aid the formulation of sustainable and enterprising business plans.

Career Development (half module)

Students will be supported in acquiring the knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes that will equip them to manage their careers and being a lifelong progression in learning and work.

Crop Physiology and Production

 This module explores the science underpinning crop growth and production in arable crops and fresh produce.  A critical appreciation of management practices that exploit and apply this knowledge will be developed.

Farmland Ecology

This module investigates some of the impacts of recent changes in farming practice (in the UK) on plants and animals living in agricultural habitats such as moorland, upland rough grazing, lowland pastures, silage, crops and field margins.  Strategies for the conservation of farmland biodiversity are also investigated.

Grassland and Forage Crop Production (half module)

The scientific basis of grassland and forage crop production is central to profitability and sustainability of livestock production systems.  In this module, emphasis will be placed on the fundamental principles with the application of science to allow students to make effective forage crop management decisions.

Mammalian Nutrition and Breeding

The main aim of this module is to develop a broad understanding of the biological and biochemical principles which underpin animal nutrition and breeding.

Research Methods

Experimental design and data analysis are core themes in this module.  It will introduce concepts of statistical testing and further develop skills in presenting and interpreting results of scientific investigations.  The module will give students vital skills in formulating research questions and designing an effective experiment.

Year 3

Research Project (double module)

This module will provide an opportunity to pursue an in-depth study of the student's own choice which is related to their substantive areas of study. Students will work independently, under limited supervision, in order to develop and demonstrate their academic skills and abilities.  The dissertation will normally be based on an academic topic using primary and/or secondary data collection techniques.  In both cases academic theory is to be critically evaluated and applied to the research topic.

Development in Global Land Use

This module critically evaluates the issues with current global land uses. In particular, it will focus on subjects such as climate change, energy use, water management and soil degradation and how current techniques could be altered to achieve lower impacts.

Policy Developments in the Rural Environment

This module focuses on the global political, economic and legislative developments and how they will affect the rural environment in the future.  The module will establish the economic framework within which land use operates and the direction in which legislation and policy are headed.

Sustainable Livestock Science

This module explores the advances in the application of scientific research to emerging sustainable extensive and intensive livestock production systems, including water and feed use efficiency, animal nutrition and breeding.


Developments in Crop Technology

This module examines the developments and use of current and emerging crop technologies and evaluates their ethical, environmental and economic issues.  The design of effective experiments and data interpretation to validate new technologies and crop products will also be covered.

Developments in Livestock Technology

This module examines the developments and use of current and emerging livestock technologies and evaluates the empirical research behind them.  The application of these technologies is explored to evaluate the relevant ethical, social, environmental and economic issues.


Sustainable Crop Science

This module explores advances in the application of emerging sustainable technologies and practices in crop production, including water use efficiency, plant nutrition and crop protection.

Course Documents:

Student Handbook (2015 Entry)

Programme Specification and Handbook (2016 Entry)

Myerscough College Policies and Procedures


Students will face a variety of assessments including examinations, essays, debates, assignments, technical reports, group and individual presentations, individual study projects and industry based case studies.

Links with Professional Body:

Students will be encouraged to form links with local and national agricultural organisations such Tenant Farmers Association, NFU, Dairy Co, EBLEX, Breed Societies, RASE, agricultural discussion groups and Young Farmers Associations.

Extra Costs:

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:

Waterproofs, Safety Boots, Wellingtons and Overalls - approx £100

Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:

Field Trips and Visits (including possible overseas trips) - £1,100


Students will face a variety of assessments including examinations, essays, debates, assignments, technical reports, group and individual presentations, individual study projects and industry based case studies.

Learning Environment:

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.  This course makes use of the extensive on-site research facilities and the College farms.  Students will be expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments.  Group work and group presentations will form an important part of the course.  Students will also have access to Myerscough's virtual learning environment.

Additional Information

Study trips may include visits to a variety of successful agricultural livestock and arable enterprises.  Farm diversification and commercial energy generation projects may also be visited, including wind farms, large scale anaerobic digestion units and biomass plants.

Guest speakers may include industry experts in areas such as crop protection and marketing, agricultural waste management, animal nutrition, livestock technology, AI and breeding.  Extra curricular activities may include a study tour and attendance at national events and conferences.

Work Experience:

Through core modules and electives, students will gain some hands on experience in a variety of scenarios to build skills that can be used in a working environment. There is no formal industry placement on this course.


On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) programme students may wish to progress undertake further qualifications such as MSc, M Phil or PhD.


Graduates will be in a position to apply for posts available in the agricultural industry (and other related industries), including:

Agricultural, Crop or Livestock Research

Agricultural Finance and Insurance

Agricultural Journalism

Arable Specialist


AI Technician

Crop Chemical Specialist

Crop Marketing



Farm Business Advisor

Farm Management

Feed Sales Management


Livestock Breeding Specialist

Plant Breeding Specialist

Veterinary Drugs Representative


Applications for all full-time undergraduate courses are made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). To apply, visit their website www.ucas.com/apply. The first UCAS deadline for receipt of applications is 15 January, for the following September.

Applications received after the first UCAS deadline will be considered by us for most courses. If you are applying after the 15 January, or if your pre-entry qualifications are different to those stated, you are advised to contact Course Enquiries on 01995 642211 for further advice.

Myerscough College - general contact details

Address: Myerscough College, St Michael's Road, Bilsborrow, Preston
Lancashire PR3 0RY
Telephone:01995 642222 Email: enquiries@myerscough.ac.uk

Individual Learning Requirements

Prospective students who have a learning difficulty or disability that may affect their studies should inform the College as soon as possible so that reasonable adjustments can be initiated, as appropriate. Where necessary students will be asked for evidence to help identify appropriate adjustments. If students wish to apply for a Disabled Student Allowance they need to seek advice from Student Finance England (or equivalent) which funds this provision for Higher Education Students. Please note that DSA funding is not available on all courses.

Please note that the information provided in this fact sheet was accurate at the date of publication. However, courses are continually being modified and information is therefore subject to change.