Taught course

Graduate Certificate in Agriculture

Institution
Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University
Qualifications
GradCert

Entry requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Agriculture comprises a programme of study that requires graduate (Honours Degree) level entry or its equivalent, and has learning outcomes that match qualifications at Honours degree level. As a result, the programme is affected by the UK Governments’ policy on Equivalent and Lower Qualifications [ELQ] whereby such students are not eligible for funding support through the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Candidates will normally have a first degree from a discipline other than agriculture, awarded at upper second level. Equivalent overseas and other UK qualifications may be accepted at the discretion of the University.

Applicants of 25 years and over may seek admission on the basis of a curriculum vitae, but evidence of ability to study at degree level, such as proven managerial level experience, is essential.

A period of relevant practical work experience within the agricultural industry is recommended as a means of enhancing understanding of the industry and the relevance of specific modules towards future career goals, but is not a prerequisite of joining the programme.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Overview

Whether you wish to enter practical farming or pursue a commercial or administrative post, this intensive course covers all bases, with graduates carving out successful careers as farm managers, agricultural consultants, research officers and more.

You will acquire a detailed knowledge of the UK agricultural industry by exploring a plethora of issues including plant nutrition, crop growth and development, animal genetics, breeding, accounting, record keeping and budgeting.

Structure

The course may be studied one day a week (Tuesday) over one or two years and entails three modules, with the addition of practical skills training at the Rural Innovation Centre to further enhance your employability.

You will participate in lectures, farm walks and visits, case studies, assignments, and management projects, while a summer study tour will expose you to a variety of agricultural enterprises.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to complete pre-course reading in order to secure a minimum basic knowledge of agriculture and to highlight possible areas of weakness.

Modules

  • 2256 Applied Agricultural Science
  • 3100 Farm Business Management
  • 3227 Agricultural Management

Information for international students

Not available for students requiring Tier 4 visa

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,250

Qualification and course duration

GradCert

full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Name
Mr Nigel Warner
Email
nigel.warner@rau.ac.uk
Phone
01285 889912