The agri-food chain is one of the world's largest industries. It involves the delivery of products from farms to worldwide markets.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 35 points
This degree focuses on concepts from economics and business studies disciplines, as applied to food, fibre and energy chains.
This is an applied course where you will learn about the management of businesses operating from the farm gate to consumer plates.
Along with business management skills, you will learn and be able to reflect on the key challenges of securing a sustainable food supply for this and future generations.
Key topics covered are:
- food economics and management of agro-food businesses
- food policy and its implications for businesses and consumers
- gathering evidence through data analysis to support sound decision
- agriculture and food production and distribution
- consumer studies and marketing management
This degree could lead to work in a range of international business sectors, such as food markets and marketing, retail management, and business consultancy.
Boost your employability with work experienceBoost your employability with work experience
You'll have plenty of opportunities to boost your employability through work experience.
Choose an optional 12-month work placement in the UK or abroad to gain real-world business experience. Recently students have worked for:
- Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Aldi, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose
- Masterfoods, United Biscuits
- IBM, Unilever, HSBC and John Deere
Develop work-related skills throughout your degree by taking a Career Development Module. Volunteer, tutor in a local school, or get a part-time job and you can gain academic credit towards your degree.
Boost your management skills with our globally-recognised team-based business simulation. You'll run a virtual business and gain the equivalent of two years’ management experience.
Enjoy study visits with our industry contactsEnjoy study visits with our industry contacts
Experience agri-business first hand thanks to our strong links with industry.
Study visits to our agri-food contacts in the region help you learn more about the business, especially in your first year.
Our contacts include:
- JR Holland
- Blagdon Estate
You'll visit companies representing each part of the food supply chain. So you'll gain a vital overview of the whole business.
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.
You'll be based on our vibrant campus, just a few minutes' walk from Newcastle city centre.
You'll split your time between the Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, School of and Newcastle University Business School.
Our facilities will help you develop practical skills for your future career. They include:
- two University farms
- well-equipped teaching and research labs
- modern Business School in the heart of Newcastle's commercial district
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
On average you will have around 14 contact hours a week. You'll learn through lectures, seminars and small group tutorials.
There will also be field trips, so you can see how your learning applies in a practical context.
Assessment is mostly through examinations. You'll also complete coursework that includes essays, projects and case studies.
To help you develop skills for your future career, you'll also complete a business simulation project and an independent research project in Stage 3.
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.
We pride ourselves on the support we provide to help you settle into university and throughout your degree:
- outstanding peer-mentoring scheme, partnering you with a second- or third-year student for support
- personal tutor to help with academic and personal wellbeing throughout your degree
- highly active student society, offering social events to help you get to know your coursemates
- active student–staff committee, so you can get involved in how your degree is run
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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-May 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.
Some modules are compulsory to make sure you get all the essential knowledge you need and optional modules let you tailor the degree towards your personal interests.
At Stage 1 you'll be studying foundation modules to help you learn about the subject.
- ACC1000 Introduction to Non-Specialist Accounting and Finance
- ACE1000 Introduction to Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
- ACE1006 Introductory Business Economics
- ACE1037 Global Economics
- ACE1040 Academic and Professional Skills
- ACE1041 Investigating Agri-Food Systems from Farm to Folk
- ACE1047 Introduction to Agri-Business Management
By Stage 2 you'll be studying more complex topics that reflect your growing knowledge.
- ACE2000 Marketing Strategy: Concepts and Applications
- ACE2006 Agricultural Economics
- ACE2010 Agricultural Markets
- ACE2066 Academic and Professional Skills 2
- ACE2067 Agri-Business Management
You take 40 credits from the following list:
- ACC2000 Interpreting Company Accounts
- ACE2012 Managerial Economics
- ACE2018 Arable Crops
- ACE2020 Introduction to Farm Management
- BUS2000 Human Resource Management
- LAW1054 Introduction to Business Law
- PSY2003 Social Psychology
Other optional modules may also be available.
Work placement year
Between Stages 2 and 3, you can spend the year on work placement. This will be with an approved organisation in the UK or abroad.
You will also need to take a compulsory 120-credit module: ICM0055 Intercalating Module for AFRD.
Permission to undertake a placement is subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director.
At Stage 3 you'll be studying advanced topics, informed by our research expertise. These are designed to prepare you for your future career.
- ACE3012 Advanced Agri-Business Management
- ACE3066 Food Policy and Evaluation
- ACE3079 Food Markets and Marketing Analysis
- ACE3099 Agri-Business Management Dissertation
You take 50 credits from the following list of optional modules, giving you increasing freedom to tailor the degree to your career aspirations.
- ACE3000 Globalisation: Patterns, Processes and Challenges
- ACE3036 Farm Management
- ACE3206 Land-Based Enterprise Development
- ECO3000 Topics in Applied Macroeconomics
- LAW2053 Law and Land Use
- NCL2100 Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability
- NCL3007 Career Development for Final Year Students
- PSY3006 Consumer Psychology
- PSY3009 Co-operation
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
AAB-ABB including General Studies. GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade B) required if not taken at A or AS level.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAABB-AABBB at Higher Grade. Mathematics required at National 5, minimum grade B (or grade 2 Standard Grade or Intermediate 2 equivalent) if not offered at Higher Grade. Where a candidate bypasses the assessment for National 5 qualifications, a minimum of grade C in the Higher in Mathematics is required. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
35 points. Standard Level Mathematics or Mathematical Studies required at grade 5 if not offered at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
H1H1H1H2H3-H1H1H2H2H3 at Higher Level, normally including Mathematics. Ordinary Level Mathematics required at grade O2 if not offered at Higher Level.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
30 level 3 credits at Distinction, and at least 15 level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 units in business, marketing or economics are desirable.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Overall DDD-DDM. Business-related subjects preferred.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,M2-D3,M2,M2 in Principal Subjects. GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade B) required if not taken as a Principal Subject.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
We welcome applications from students offering an Extended Project and value the skills of research and independent learning that it is designed to develop. If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account as part of your application profile, but we will not usually include it in offer conditions for this degree programme.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB-BBC including General Studies. GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade B) required if not taken 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)
Overall DMM. Business-related subjects preferred.
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.
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).
Agri-Business Management careers
A degree in Agri-Business Management opens the door to many careers in the private and public sectors.
The specialist knowledge and skills gained during this degree programme develop candidates for roles in a diverse range of popular career destinations in the food and retailing sector. However, the wide range of business knowledge gained and the transferable skills you will develop opens the door to many careers in the land based and business sectors.
For example, some of our graduates progress to careers in finance, recruitment, management, marketing and communications, in a variety of businesses, including consultancy, hospitality and logistics.
Recent graduates have been recruited into prestigious national and multinational companies such as:
- Andersen Consulting
- Marks and Spencer
You will receive bespoke careers support throughout your degree programme, which includes help to write an outstanding CV.
Find out more about the career options for Agri-Business Management 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)
£9,250 in 2017-18 (subject to government fee regulations and parliamentary approval. If the new regulations are not introduced, the fee will be £9,000).
On this degree programme, you can choose to spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad. This year is not assessed as part of your degree. If you choose to take this option, you will receive a significant fee reduction.
- 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 and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 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)
£13,980 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 relating to all aspects of student finance at 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)
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
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
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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