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Overview

The agricultural industry is undergoing an unprecedented period of change. Traditional reliance on production is being challenged through changes in government policy at local, national, European and global levels, as well as changes in consumer demand.

Agricultural production now requires an understanding of these demands and other concerns regarding food quality and safety and the environmental impact of production methods in the short, medium and long term.

The Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies programme enables graduates to gain an understanding of; Crop and animal production systems for the sustainability of the agricultural industry, including the underpinning scientific, economic and business principles and the applicability of recent developments. Students will also explore the impact of global, EU and regional policy on the agricultural industry, and assess agri-environment interactions and devise environmental management strategies.They will manage agriculture as a business, undertaking a professional approach to the work environment, study and life-long learning.

Additionally, the Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies Programme enables graduates to gain an understanding of the application of their degree to the workplace and career management planning.

Agricultural Technology Degree highlights

World Class Facilities

  • A unique feature of this degree is the opportunity for students to take responsibility for the operation and management of a College farm enterprise, allowing immediate practical application of knowledge.

Student Experience

  • Students taking this four-year degree are required to complete a minimum 46-week work placement period as an integral component of their degree. Past students have gained work placement with organisations such as the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Countryside Services, Dale Farm, Fane Valley, John Thompson and Sons, Monaghan Mushrooms, Moy Park, and Millridge Ltd and Tamar Farming Co. (both in New Zealand).
Agriculture is a passion of mine and I felt that this degree offered excellent job prospects. I am really enjoying the course – it’s relevant, and interests me, which is a help when it comes to learning. For my work placement I hope to go into the genetics side of arming, as I have a keen interest in this from running a pedigree herd at home. For this I hope to either go to America or New Zealand.” Robert Patterson, Northern Ireland
Student, BSc Agricultural Technology

Course content

Course Structure

Introduction
The degree has been developed in consultation with employers, industry and academics, to offer students a combined curriculum of formal education and practical experience, which is designed to enhance employability and graduate skills.

The BSc in Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies is provided jointly by the School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s and the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (Greenmount Campus, Antrim). Stages 1 and 2 are delivered at Greenmount Campus, where students are involved in the work and management of specific agricultural enterprises. Students spend their third year on placement and Stage 3 is delivered at Queen's University Belfast.


COURSE CONTENT

Students take the equivalent of at least six modules in each stage, including any compulsory modules
Stage 1
• Applied Animal Science
• Applied Crop Science
• Enterprise Technology
• Introduction to Business and Research Methods
• Mechanisation and Farm Buildings
Stage 2
• Agri-food Business Marketing and Management
• Crop Production Systems
• Livestock Production and Management
• Work Placement (16 weeks)
Stage 3
• Advances in Crop and Animal Science, and Technology
• Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Farm Animal Health and Welfare
• Global Issues in Agriculture
• Policies for Environmental Sustainability
• Project Work
Year Out
Students will spend a minimum of 46 weeks in a work placement during which they will carry out some project type work. Students will begin preparations for the placement in the first semester of stage 2 and the placement will be assessed within the module, Professional Studies, BIO3303. Any students who are unable to secure a work placement will be transferred to the BSc Agricultural Technology Programme.

People teaching you

Dr Niamh O’Connell
Reader
School of Biological Sciences

Contact Teaching Times

Large Group Teaching
9 (hours maximum)
Personal Study
29 (hours maximum)
Additional Private study of 29 hours

Learning and Teaching

On the BSc in Agricultural Technology with Professional studies programme, aim to deliver a high quality learning environment by providing a range of learning experiences. This programme is provided jointly with the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE). The partnership arrangement between CAFRE and Queen’s capitalises on the strengths of both institutions to provide a course that is academically challenging but also focused on the application of science, business and economic principles. Stages 1 and 2 are delivered at the CAFRE Greenmount Campus and Stage 3 is delivered at Queen’s in Belfast. The Greenmount Estate Farm is a major resource used to deliver this programme. The campus “farm” comprises the Farm Development Centre (200 hectares) and the Livestock Development Centre (1,100 hectares).

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Complimentary Qualifications

At Stages 1 and 2 students have the opportunity to take a range of complimentary qualifications that enhance employability e.g. PA series of spraying courses, Health and Safety, ECDL, Artificial Insemination, First Aid, Telehandler driving.

Assessment

Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

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The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.

Feedback

As students’ progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

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formal written comments, face-to-face comments, placement employer comments or references, online or emailed feedback, pre-submission advice, and feedback and outcomes from practical classes.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
BBB including at least two relevant subjects (see list below) + GCSE Mathematics grade C
OR
ABB including a relevant subject (see list below) + GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Applicants not offering either Biology or Chemistry at A-level should have GCSE Chemistry grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in two relevant subjects (see list below) + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics
OR
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in a relevant subject (see list below) + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.

Applicants not offering Agricultural Science, Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level must have Chemistry at Ordinary Level grade O4.

BTEC Extended diploma
A relevant Agriculture/Science BTEC Extended Diploma with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit + GCSE Chemistry grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65%. Must be relevant Access Course - normally Science based. GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent in Access Course.

All applicants
Relevant Subjects:
Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, ICT, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Home Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology, Technology & Design. Other subjects considered on an individual basis.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application. The information relates to 2017 entry and will be updated for 2018 entry as soon as possible.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the Institute of Agri-Food and Land Use. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for the Agricultural Technology degree along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

For entry last year, applicants for the Agricultural Technology degree must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language and Mathematics), though this profile may change from year to year depending on the demand for places. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The minimum acceptable is two subjects at A-level plus one at AS though candidates offering this combination will be considered on an individual basis. The offer for repeat candidates is normally the same as the offer for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Edexcel National and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, Foundation Degrees, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered. The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates offering other qualifications.

For those offering a Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree, there may be the possibility of advanced entry to Stage 2 depending on relevance of the HND/Foundation Degree and first year results. Where offers are made for entry to Stage 2 students would be required to achieve good results in the units assessed in final year of their HND/Foundation Degree. Those not eligible for entry to Stage 2 would be considered for entry to Stage 1.

Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of the Agricultural Technology degree, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
Studying a degree in Agricultural Technology with Professional studies provides a wide range of graduate opportunities for students interested in the agricultural, agri-environmental and related industries.
The majority of our graduates will seek careers in the agricultural, agri-environment or agri-food sectors, in roles including; marketing/sales, production and management, technical advice, and research and development in commercial companies.

EMPLOYER LINKS

This programme was developed after extensive consultation with government bodies, major farming organisations, the food processing sector, farmers and conservation organisations, and the curriculum reflects these consultations. This close industry involvement has continued. The initial years of this programme were overviewed by an industry group representing LANTRA, AFBI, DARD and the UFU.
Industry representatives play a significant role in the operation of student learning projects where they use their expertise to guide students running major college enterprises.

In addition, major employers such as Dunbia, Moy Park and Thompsons have contributed competitive bursaries to support students on the programme.

Students organise an industry symposium as part of final year, providing opportunities to engage with key stakeholders within the local industry.

Placement Employers:
The work placement is compulsory and is assessed as an integral component of the degree programme, contributing 10% to the final degree classification. Students are supported in obtaining work placement through a series of workshops and by a dedicated School Work Placement and Careers Advisor. We work repeatedly with a number of employers and students can also propose their own placement.

Past students have gained work placement with organisations locally, nationally and internationally such as:

Moypark
John Thompson and Sons
Countryside Services
Dale Farm
Fane Valley
Monaghan Mushrooms
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Tamar Farming Co (New Zealand)
Millridge Ltd (New Zealand)

Each year several students are offered permanent jobs, on graduation, from their work placement providers.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,030
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
Other (non-UK) EU £4,030
International £18,800

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

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Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Agricultural Technology costs

Year 1 students on the Agricultural Technology pathway must buy a laboratory coat, boiler suit, waterproof coat and leggings, safety wellington boots and safety boots. Students undertake a placement in year 3 and are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students may receive payment from their placement provider during their placement year. In year 2 students may choose to go on a Brussels Study Tour costing £250.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

How and When to Apply

How to Apply

Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2018 from 1 September 2017.

Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).

Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

  1. Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2018.
  2. Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
  3. Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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