This degree focuses on the management of each element of an agricultural business: the whole estate; the farm; and individual arable, livestock and diversified enterprises.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: ABB-BBB
You study wide-ranging agriculture topics in your first two years, exploring biology, soil science, nutrition, management, accounting and law.
In your third year, you specialise in farm business management. You will explore management techniques used for decision-making in agricultural businesses.
Core modules develop your skills in:
- farm planning and organisation
- budgeting and accounting
- land law
You can boost your employability and professional skills with an optional placement year in industry or the commercial sector.
You'll also enjoy practical workshops and demonstrations of the major software used in farm business planning and control, and apply your knowledge to real farm case studies.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
We are ranked in the top 5 UK universities for Agriculture and Forestry in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and the Complete University Guide 2017.
Agriculture at Newcastle also ranks in the top 100 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.
Flexible degree structureFlexible degree structure
The first and second years are the same for students on all four of our agriculture degrees.
Our flexible degree structure means it is possible to transfer between any of our agriculture degrees up to the end of Stage 2 if you would like to.
See the Course Details section for more information about what you will study at each stage.
This stage covers scientific and quantitative aspects of the subject such as soil, crop and animal science, and economics.
You'll undertake laboratory work and IT applications for applying statistical techniques to agricultural data.
You apply the principles established in Stage 1 to animal and crop production and farm management.
You also take a crop pests field course, focusing on the major insect, fungal and weed pests that affect crop production, engaging with leading industry experts in the field.
Students on our Agriculture BSc degree continue to follow a broad curriculum.
Students on our other degrees follow a more specialist route in agronomy, animal production Science or farm business management.
Boost your employability with a work placementBoost your employability with a work placement
Apply to spend a year on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3.
The School will give you support to apply for a suitable placement, including help to write your CV to send out to our wide range of industry contacts.
You’ll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you impress your host company, it could even result in a job offer on graduation.
Study abroad for international experienceStudy abroad for international experience
UK and EU students can broaden their academic experience and expand horizons by studying abroad as part of their degree.
You can study at a partner institution abroad for between three months and one year through the Erasmus scheme.
Current countries include France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and Estonia.
Industry linksIndustry links
The University is highly regarded within the industry and has been a leader in agricultural education since 1891.
We have strong links with the local farming community, which provide experience of a wide range of farming practices including:
- field-scale vegetable enterprises
In addition, you will have regular visits to the University's commercial farms.
We also provide hands-on experience through a second-year project managing your own crops, and vacation opportunities that include lambing and harvest jobs.
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
Our facilities include:
- Cockle Park Farm, a mixed farm facility in Northumberland
- Nafferton Farm, comprising two main farm units in the Tyne Valley
- well-equipped modern laboratories, for teaching and research
- nu-food, our food and consumer research facility
- computing facilities, including computers running industry-specific software relevant to careers in agriculture
Our two University farms are used for research, teaching and demonstration.
You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
There's also a staff-student committee, to give you an opportunity to have a say in how your degree works.
A student-led Agric Society organises regular social events, and it's a friendly cohort of students.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Study at the cutting edge
Teaching is research-informed, so you'll learn from staff engaged in real-world research on the University's farms and learn at the cutting edge of the discipline. You can also engage in research of your own through a research-led final-year dissertation.
Lectures and laboratory practicals will teach you the scientific principles that underpin agriculture.
Visits to the University farms and other local farming businesses will help you to understand the practical application of the theory you learn.
You'll also complete project work and reports, working as an individual and in groups.
Assessment is by formal examination at the end of each semester and by continuous assessment based on projects and essays. The continuous assessment can account for half of your total marks, particularly in the final year.
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching & Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
Compare this course
See how this course compares with others for topics such as student satisfaction, fees and costs and prospects after graduation using the Unistats Key Information Set.
Modules for 2016 entry
The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-April 2017).
Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
- ACE1006 Introductory Business Economics
- ACE1008 Environment and Land Resources
- ACE1013 Introduction to Genetics
- ACE1022 Crop Pests
- ACE1033 Introduction to Business Management
- ACE1040 Academic and Professional Skills
- ACE1041 Investigating Agri-food Systems From Farm to Folk
- ACE1042 Animal Health
- ACE1044 Mammalian Physiology
- ACE1046 Plants, Environment, Agriculture
- ACE2006 Agricultural Economics
- ACE2010 Agricultural Markets
- ACE2018 Arable Crops
- ACE2019 Grassland
- ACE2020 Introduction to Farm Management
- ACE2024 Principles of Agronomy and Crop Improvement
- ACE2028 Animal Feed Science and Technology
- ACE2063 Managing Soils in Agricultural Systems
- ACE2064 Sustainable Livestock Systems
- ACE2066 Academic and Professional Skills 2
- ACE2068 Domestic Animal Reproduction and Genetic Improvement
The first two years are the same for all of our agriculture degrees so you have the flexibility to change between them up to the end of Stage 2 should you find your interests change.
If you wish to take ACE3037 Crop Pests Field Course at Stage 3, please note that this module will take place at the end of the Semester 2 assessment period of Stage 2.
- ACE3024 Farm Business Planning and Control
- ACE3036 Farm Management
- ACE3098 Agriculture Dissertation
- ACE3206 Land-Based Enterprise Development
- LAW2053 Law and Land Use
You take 40 credits of the following optional modules:
- ACE3022 Animal Welfare and Environment
- ACE3023 Combinable Crops
- ACE3034 Applied Crop Protection
- ACE3035 Sustainable Land Use and Management
- ACE3037 Crop Pests Field Course
- ACE3040 Animal Product Quality and Marketing
- ACE3043 Livestock Reproduction
- ACE3048 Livestock Behaviour
- ACE3085 Non-Combinable Crops
- ACE3087 Site Specific Crop Management in Arable UK Production Systems
- ACE3088 Forage Utilization
- ACE3204 Applied Animal Nutrition
Other optional modules may also be available.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.
A LevelsA Levels
ABB-BBB excluding General Studies. A science A Level is preferred. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. GCSE Biology and Chemistry (or Dual Award Science) at grade C required if not offered at A or AS level.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AABBB-AABB at Higher Grade, including Biology and/or Chemistry. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
30-32 points with Chemistry and/or Biology at Higher Level. Chemistry and/or Biology should be offered at Standard Level if not offered at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
AABBB-ABBBB at Higher Level, including Biology and/or Chemistry.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
45 level 3 credits including chemistry and biological sciences, with at least 30 level 3 credits at Merit. Business Studies is desirable.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
In Agriculture or Applied Science at overall D*DD-DDD.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3, M2, M2 - M2, M2, M2 in Principal Subjects. GCSE Biology and Chemistry (or Dual Award Science) at grade C required if not offered at a higher level.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BCC excluding General Studies. GCSE Biology and Chemistry (or Dual Award Science) required if not offered at A or AS level.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
In Agriculture or Applied Science at overall MMP.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
Additional InformationAdditional Information
Evidence of relevant experience of agriculture is useful.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Farm Business Management careers
Newcastle agriculture graduates are highly regarded in the world of agriculture and related industries and as a result have a wide choice of careers open to them.
Whilst many graduates are employed in farm management or go on to manage their own farms, others use the breadth of skills and experience that they develop during their degree to follow a range of opportunities in the service and supply industries. These include research, and advisory and consultancy work with public and private organisations.
Graduates also find employment in commercial companies supplying fresh and processed produce, seeds, fertilisers, agrochemicals, animal feedstuffs, veterinary products and equipment.
Building on their background in economics, business studies and farm and estate management, some of our students enter careers in finance where they are particularly well equipped to work as agricultural specialists. We are confident that Newcastle agriculture graduates have the breadth of knowledge and skills needed to succeed in whatever they choose to do.
Some of our recent graduates have gone on to a variety of positions such as: agronomist, Agrovista UK Ltd; farm management consultant, Brown and Co; reserves officer, Durham Wildlife Trust; Director of Rural Research, Bidwells Property Consultants; higher executive officer, DEFRA; farm manager, Co-operative Farms; and animal nutritionist, Harbro Ltd.
Find out more about the career options for Agriculture from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
Our undergraduate tuition fees for UK/EU students for 2017-18 will be set and published when the government establishes limits for tuition fees.
£9,000 in 2016-17. Fees for 2017-18 and beyond are subject to review and government legislation.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2016 and 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£17,935 per year
£17,080 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
You may be eligible for one of a range of Newcastle University Scholarships in addition to government financial support.
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
Find out more about the scholarships available in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.
You may be eligible for an International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship (IUMS) or an International Family Discount (IFD).
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
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All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
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