Below is various information on studying Agriculture based degrees
Reasons to study an agriculture degree. If you have an interest or desire in food production and food sourcing, this is the degree for you. You may also have an interest in the changing climate and global warming and how these can be affected by livestock farming and crop farming.
What does an agriculture degree cover? If you have an interest in farm, crop and livestock management, then this is the degree choice for you. You will look at a wide variety of topics depending on the course you enrol on, including but not limited to:
- Plant and soil science
- Dairy production
- Animal health, safety and welfare
- Agricultural science
- Animal production
- Business management
- Crop production
- Companion animal studies
- Livestock technologies
- Food and human nutrition
- Marketing of farm produce
- Some Universities have their own farm for the practical aspects of the course
How many years is an agricultural degree? Agriculture degrees can be anything from 2 to 5 years depending on what the course entails.
Who is the typical 'agriculture' student? A proportion of the students come from farm related backgrounds, although this is definitely not a requirement. You will also find students with science backgrounds and also those who are interested in ethical production and sourcing. You do not need to be from a rural area and be familiar with the countryside; many students who enrol on agriculture courses come from the inner city.
How am I assessed? The assessment styles vary from course to course. Some will involve 80% examination, whilst others and assessed on a modular basis and thus have less emphasis on final exams. Some courses have continual assessment throughout your time studying.
What criteria do you need to apply? Entry requirements in terms of A-levels vary significantly across Universities. Many prefer a scientific background with A-levels in Chemistry and Biology, whilst others tend to focus on a more analytical background of Economic and Mathematics. Some Universities are flexible and offer a range of degrees under the 'agriculture' classification, each requiring different A-level backgrounds. You are likely to need anything between 240 and 337 UCAS Points to get on an agricultural degree, depending on which establishment you wish to attend.
Where will an agricultural degree take me? There are various routes agricultural graduates will take following University. Many often go in to the farming industry, generally into a management position. Others move into consultancy, whilst some look toward country park management and other industries that support agriculture. Agriculture graduates have good prospects following Unviersity with nearly 80% of graduates securing relevant work within 6 months.
Where's best for teaching? The joint top 5 Universities (according to the Complete University Guide) are:
- Queens, Belfast
- Royal Vertinary College
There are a number of other Universities that teach agriculture related subjects. Click to view the List of Agricultural Universities.