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HND Agriculture (General) (part-time)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


4 years

University Level


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Course Overview

The non specialist ‘General Agriculture' pathway allows you to complete a Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism. This offers additional flexibility to both providers and students.The awarding body for this course is Pearson and click on the link below to find out more information about Higher National qualifications:

Agriculture worker. Young farmer spraying pesticides.
students and lecturer working on a harvester
Lackham campus and the garden
Agriculture worker. Young farmer spraying pesticides.
students and lecturer working on a harvester
Lackham campus and the garden

What will I learn?

Modules covered are likely to include:

Year One

Managing a Successful Project (Pearson set)
Principles of Crop Production
Land Based Machinery and Technology
Animal Husbandry

Year Two

Business and the Business Environment
*One specialist module from another pathway
*One specialist module from another pathway
*One specialist module from another pathway

Year Three

Management Accounting
*One specialist module from another pathway
Identifying Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Work Experience

Year Four

Advanced Financial Accounting
Research Project
Global Business Environment

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

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 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 (General), awarded by Pearson.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply directly to this course via the college's website.

You can contact the college on (+44) 01225 756200 or email for more information.

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

You may be expected to obtain relevant textbooks as recommended by individual lecturers.

There may be additional charges for educational trips and visits, but these are still 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

UK agricultural machinery exports reached £1.94 billion in 2018, a rise of 5% compared with 2017

Grooms who work with competition or racehorses will get many opportunities to travel both in the UK and abroad

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