Agricultural Science HND

Level: SCQF 8

UCAS Code: 007D

Available at these campuses: Ayr

About the Course

SRUC Crop trialsFarms and rural businesses depend increasingly on scientific and technical support as they seek ways to improve their efficiency, diversify into new enterprises and meet required standards for animal welfare, food quality, pollution control and environmental protection.

The industry needs well-trained agricultural scientists to develop more sustainable systems for managing our soils; improve the efficiency with which fertilisers, water and energy are used; help control livestock disease epidemics; and develop new disease-resistant crop varieties that yield well in our changing climate.

This course is designed to develop your biological understanding, practical laboratory skills and knowledge of sustainable agriculture so that you can contribute to the future success of the industry.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of 2 Scottish Highers (Grades CC), 2 A-Levels (Grades DE), or equivalent qualification to include biology, chemistry or environmental science.

Course Content

Your studies will include livestock breeding, nutrition and disease control, soil science, crop nutrition, breeding and protection, agricultural energy efficiency and pollution control, with a choice of elective subjects ranging from renewable energy and specialised field crops to the quality and processing of agricultural products.

The course provides a thorough training in practical and laboratory skills, together with farm and industrial visits to reinforce the relevance of your studies. A second year case study will allow you to apply your scientific understanding to solve a technical problem on a selected farm.

Upon successful completion of the HND Agricultural Science, students may apply to enter the third year of SRUC’s degree course in Agricultural Bioscience.