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HND Agriculture (Dairy Engineering) (part-time)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


4 years

University Level


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Course Overview

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 Engineering sector and adapt to the fast changing technology used.The awarding body for this course is Pearson and click on the link below to find out more information about Higher National qualifications:

students and lecturer working on a harvester
cow eating with student in the background
students and lecturer working on a harvester
cow eating with student in the background

What will I learn?

Modules covered are likely to include:

Year One

Managing a Successful Project
Land Based Machinery and Technology
Animal Husbandry
Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

Year Two

Business and the Business Environment
Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
Principles of Livestock Production
Forage Production and Management

Year Three

Management Accounting
Animal Breeding and Genetics
Product and Services Development
Work Experience

Year Four

Advanced Financial Accounting
Research Project
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 on the basis of their ability to study the subject at the required level.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Continual 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 engineering 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 one or two full days of study per week over four 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 if you wish to study part-time, you can apply directly to the college.

You can contact the college on +44 (0)1225 765200 or email for more information.

The cost of this programme is £3,065 per year.

Students will be expected to obtain relevant textbooks as recommended by individual lecturers.

There may be additional charges for some additional trips and visits, but these are yet to be confirmed.

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

  • Stock Person
  • Dairy Person
  • Zookeeper

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Groom
  • Tree Surgeon

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