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HND Agriculture (Dairy Engineering) (full-time)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


2 years

University Level


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Course Overview

Delivered at our Lackham campus, the purpose of this course is to develop you as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of DeLaval and other employers in the dairy sector and adapt to the fast changing technology used.The qualifications aim to widen access to Higher Education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

What will I learn?

Modules covered are likely to include:

Year One

Business and the Business Environment
Forage Production and Management
Managing a Successful Project
Principles of Livestock Production
Land Based Machinery and Technology
Animal Husbandry
Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

Year Two

Advanced Financial Accounting
Research Project (Pearson set)
Management Accounting
Animal Management and Genetics
Product and Service Development
Work Experience
Further Controls Systems Engineering

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above including English and Maths (or equivalent level 2 qualifications) plus one or more of the following:

48 UCAS Tariff Points from an appropriate level 3 vocational programme (e.g. BTEC National Diploma) or GCE AS / A Level or a 6 unit Vocational A Level.

Success in an Access to Higher Education course.

Formally assessed outcomes acquired through APEL.

Applications from mature candidates are welcomed and considered on an individual basis.

Where English is not the applicant's first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Applicants without the qualifications specified above will be considered based on their ability to study the subject at the required level.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment across the course includes written reports, presentations and seminars.

During your time on the course, you will be directed to carry out additional reading and other appropriate tasks alongside your time in the classroom and you should expect to spend additional time on your studies.

An overall interest in Agriculture and the dairy industry will assist in the content and assessments on this course.

There are no examinations planned for this course and this course will be delivered over two full days of study per week over two years at our Lackham campus.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve an HND in Agriculture (Dairy Engineering), awarded by Pearson.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply for this programme via UCAS.

The cost of this programme is £6,125 per year (£11,500 for international students).
The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.
The UCAS course code for this programme is A102.

There may be additional costs for educational trips and visits, but these are still to be confirmed.

You may be required to purchase additional books as identified by your individual lecturers.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Researcher
  • Dairy Person
  • Zookeeper

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Conservationist
  • Tree Surgeon

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