Growing food in the UK has become a key aspect of national security, with an impact on the welfare of all citizens and a higher political profile since the last War. Academically, the sciences which underpin all aspects of agriculture: food, fodder, fuel and fibre, have diversified and become more sophisticated.
This degree programme provides knowledge about the current and future science of agriculture, in the next few decades and beyond, combined with practical experience of both crop and livestock husbandry. It is characterised by an applied and hands-on practical emphasis, with a minimum of 25% of the summative assessment tasks in each course designed to test investigative, practical and report writing skills. Students will develop practical and IT skills, such as manipulative, observational and computer literacy, as well as generic skills, such as self-management and organisation, data presentation, numeracy and communication skills. There is also the opportunity to develop research skills.
All students will be challenged to develop an in-depth knowledge of agriculture combined with all relevant practical skills. This will include crop and livestock science and especially the newer molecular disciplines. Expertise in modern machinery will also be developed, including precision technologies. Students will gain the confidence to work in farm situations, within a wide range of crops and livestock enterprises and make informed decisions for profitable yet sustainable outcomes.
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