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HND Agriculture (Livestock Production) (full-time)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


2 years

University Level


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Course Overview

The course is aimed at potential farm owners, farm managers, herds people, shepherds and other people who look after livestock who wish to manage efficient and effective livestock production units.The learning outcomes will be achieved by encouraging students to gain knowledge, develop understanding and critically evaluate the principles of livestock production in an ever changing industry.The awarding body for this course is Pearson and click on the link below to find out more information about Higher National qualifications:

cow eating with student in the background
cow eating with student in the background

What will I learn?

Modules covered are likely to include:

Year One

Business and the Business Environment
Management Accounting
Managing a Successful Project (Pearson set)
*Principles of Livestock Production
*Animal Health and Welfare
*Animal Nutrition
Land Based Machinery and Technology
Animal Husbandry

Year Two

Advanced Financial Accounting
Research Project (Pearson set)
*Forage Production and Management
*Animal Breeding and Genetics
Global Business Environment
Identifying Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Work Experience

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 and the livestock farming 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 (Livestock Production), awarded by Pearson.

Additional Costs and Information

The cost of this programme is £6,125 per year for UK and EU students (£11,500 for international students.)

You can apply for this programme through UCAS.
The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.
The UCAS course code for this programme is A104.

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

There are a number of books which have been identified by the college's tutors that are recommended for this course that students may wish to purchase.

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

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