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Rural Entrepreneurship and Enterprise with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

Royal Agricultural University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

**Course Information**This unique programme is designed for students who have ambitions of starting their own business and want to do so in a supported environment with guidance from specialist lecturers, practicing entrepreneurs and industry mentors.We are now offering this degree course with a foundation year that will give you the opportunity to gain the experience and skills you will need before progressing on to the traditional parts of the programme.In the first year of your four year programme you will be developing your academic and team-working skills and gaining confidence in written work; handling numerical and statistical data and ICT. You will be introduced to a range of rural land use topics including learning about the agricultural year; mapping; laboratory skills, and you will have the opportunity to gain competence in a range of practical skills. The year will help you to make the transition to being an independent learner and perhaps an entrepreneur. Successful completion of the foundation year will allow you to proceed onto the first year of the course.Taught elements of the degree will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of operating a business with a focus on the entrepreneurial and the strategic skills needed to realise ideas in dynamic, international markets while practical components will focus on teaching you how to design, develop and finance your venture. This means that you’ll graduate with the ability to start your own company in a wide range of markets or bring entrepreneurial thinking to an established organisation.This programme is ideal for those looking to:* Diversify a rural business such as a farm or small-holding* Develop a food business* Create an agri-food venture* Start a retail or service business* Build a rural fashion brand * Grow a social networking businessWith this course you can:* Learn about idea generation, venture growth and business strategies* Develop fundamental business skills such as financial and management accounting* Benefit from hands-on experience of preparing business plans and presenting pitches to investors* Choose optional modules that will help you to develop your business management skills in areas such as marketing, organisation management, finance and supply chain management.**International Study Tour**As part of the ‘Entrepreneur in Action’ module which is taken in the first year, the entire course of students are taken on a free study tour abroad. In the last three years, students from the School of Business and Entrepreneurship have visited Spain, Bulgaria and Germany. During these study tours we visit entrepreneurs and their businesses with a view to learning the character traits of successful entrepreneurs and how these can be applied to your own personal development. All travel, accommodation including breakfast are paid for by the university and it proves you with an amazing experience to meet agri-entrepreneurs.There will be a 15 week self-employment start up placement in the third year of this four year course. During this time students have access to a wide range of university resources including mentors, business incubator and trading opportunities.This course (excluding the foundation year) is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 11,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Royal Agricultural University

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  • Campus address

    Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6JS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    88th out of 122 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    113 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66.0 66%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%



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