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Study Agriculture & Forestry, why & how to study

Agriculture & Forestry is a diverse and invigorating area to study. Related courses cover countryside management and crop science.

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  1. What’s Agriculture & Forestry?

  2. What Agriculture & Forestry degrees can you study?

  3. What do you need to get onto an Agriculture & Forestry degree?

  4. What topics does an Agriculture & Forestry degree cover?

  5. How will you be assessed?

  6. Why study Agriculture & Forestry?

  7. What do Agriculture & Forestry graduates earn?

  8. What jobs can you get as an Agriculture & Forestry graduate?

  9. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  10. Similar subjects to Agriculture & Forestry

  11. Have any questions?

What’s Agriculture & Forestry?

Agriculture & Forestry covers the study of farming and environmental sciences, such as soil analysis and estate management. It’s an increasingly modernised area of study, with climate change being at the forefront of public debate.

What Agriculture & Forestry degrees can you study?

Undergraduate degrees in Agriculture & Forestry include:

  • Conservation Biology & Ecology BSc
  • Agricultural Technology BSc
  • Agri-Business BSc
  • Agricultural & Crop Science BSc
  • Forestry BSc

Course options may include an integrated foundation year or placements.

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What do you need to get onto an Agriculture & Forestry degree?

Typical entry requirements for an Agriculture & Forestry degree range from 80 to 160 UCAS points. Qualifications required can include:

  • A Levels: AAA–CCC
  • BTECs: DDD–MMP
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAB–BBBB (or AAB–BC for Advanced Highers)
  • International Baccalaureate: 36–28
  • Universities will usually ask that you’ve studied: A Level (or equivalent) in a science – typically biology, and may require certain grades in GCSE sciences or mathematics

Other good subjects to have studied include:

  • Other sciences
  • General studies and critical thinking A Level may not be acceptable
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What topics does an Agriculture & Forestry degree cover?

Modules will depend on the specific Agriculture & Forestry course, and may include:

  • Agri-food business marketing and management
  • Crop production systems
  • Farm assurance and quality
  • Forest and woodland management
  • Practical skills in biodiversity and ecology
  • Supply chain management

How will you be assessed?

Courses are assessed in a variety of ways, depending on the module:

  • Formal examinations
  • Project work
  • Essays
  • Practical exercises
  • Fieldwork
  • Oral presentations

Why study Agriculture & Forestry?

Agriculture & Forestry are vital areas that face the combined challenges of climate change and population increase; there’s always going to be a need for new skills in these sectors.

Career-specific skills:

  • Vocational skills linked to your area of study, whether it’s soil analysis, assessing the health of forests, livestock management or more

Transferable skills:

  • Data management and analysis
  • Report-writing
  • Identifying trends from data
  • Forward planning
  • Teamwork

Professional accreditations:

  • Degrees may be accredited by relevant professional bodies, such as the Royal Society of Biology
  • May include professional accreditation, e.g. Chartered Forester or Chartered Arboriculturist through the Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • May offer opportunity to register with the Chartered Management Institute and gain a level 5 Award or Certificate in Management and Leadership
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What do Agriculture & Forestry graduates earn?

Starting salaries for Agriculture & Forestry graduates are commonly between £19,000–£23,500.

The average salary for an agricultural manager is around £33,500 or £35,750 for environmental professionals, while a high-level forestry manager could earn up to £65,000.

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What jobs can you get as an Agriculture & Forestry graduate?

Graduates with an Agriculture & Forestry degree commonly move into the following roles:

  • Rural business manager
  • Farm technician
  • Environmental consultant
  • Soil scientist
  • Marketing
  • Responsible sourcing specialist
  • Farming journalist

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of taught master’s and research degrees at the postgraduate level include:

  • Agricultural Economics MSc
  • Agricultural Sciences & Production Systems MSc
  • Agriculture PhD
  • Agroforestry & Food Security MSc
  • Tropical Forest Ecology MRes

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