BSc(Hons) Land Management (Top Up)

Location:

Moulton

Duration:

1 year(s) Full Time

Start Date:

September

Summary & Entry Requirements

Course Includes

This course is designed to enable you to evaluate and sustainably manage the pressures that now exist in the countryside. There are specialisms in agriculture and conservation. You will acquire a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of land management issues, and specialising in either wildlife conservation or applied agriculture.

Principal Qualification

BSc (Hons) Land Management (Top Up) validated by the University of Northampton

UCAS Code

D444

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have completed a FdSc or HND programme in an animal science related field. Applications from mature students or people seeking part-time opportunities would be welcomed.

Facilities & Location

Course Facilities

Classrooms

All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.

Countryside stewardship

Facilities for Countryside Stewardship and Management students include areas of new and mature woodland and an area for willow coppicing, all of which are managed to develop habitats for a variety of wildlife. The estate also has miles of hedging, fencing and stone walls, while pheasants are reared and released, a fish-rearing unit has recently been added and there are rivers, ponds and a lake stocked with these fish.

Our Wilson Countryside Management Centre is an invaluable resource and has three large workshops housing eight industry-standard tanks in which carp are reared, a game workshop with specialist equipment for hatching and rearing pheasant and partridge, an outdoor area with brooder houses and a countryside workshop full of tools and equipment used for estate management.

The nearby Pitsford Water reservoir and several local country parks are also used as training sites and bases.

Estate

Here at the College we currently farm 509 hectares, including 64 hectares of rented land under various tenancy agreements.

All land is farmed commercially and subject to the normal market forces of the agricultural industry. It is also used extensively for teaching purposes to support our aim of providing high quality, practical education and training with a commercial focus. Crops grown include winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, malting barley, short and long-term leys and stubble turnips for autumn sheep-keep.

Livestock enterprises include a sheep flock of 900 North Country Mule and Lleyn ewes put to Charolais, Suffolk, Texel and Meatlinc rams. The farm is also in the process of establishing a Pedigree Suckler Cow enterprise based on the Stabiliser and Continental breeds with the aim of providing breeding and finishing stock for local markets.

The focus of the Arable Unit is to develop knowledge and skills in the use of high tech such as GPS and precision farming. Farm activities are coordinated by the Deputy Principal and Farm Manager who meet regularly to discuss operational matters and to formulate proposals for discussion by the Senior Leadership Team.

IT Facilities

Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks.  A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience. 

Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods. 

We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area.  Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.

Learning Resource Centres

The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, at the East Northants, South Northants and Daventry vocational skills academies. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.

Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.

Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.

For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.

Wilson Countryside Centre

The recently completed Wilson Countryside Management Centre (supported by the Wilson Foundation) means South Lodge – linked by a cycleway and with its own shuttle bus service – is now home to ultra-modern resources (including three specialist workshops) for countryside management, game rearing and fish rearing.

The fish-rearing workshop contains eight industry-standard tanks in which carp are reared to stock the college lake; the game workshop has specialist equipment for hatching and rearing pheasant and partridge as well as an outdoor area with brooder houses; while the countryside workshop is a covered area with the specialist tools and equipment needed for maintaining the college estate.

Course Location

Moulton Campus
Moulton Campus

Moulton College is one of the longest established Colleges in the country. This history of providing education and training gives the campus a unique feel, combining tradition with the latest and most up to date resources.

Moulton now provides a wide range of courses specialising in the natural, built and recreational environment, which is not only spacious and attractive, but provides an ideal location in which to study.

The College is proud of its record since beoming an independent Further Education Corporation in 1992. The number of students has increased significantly, and the courses on offer now range from pre-entry through to degree and post-graduate level. Staffing breadth and expertise have increased, and the buildings and specialist resources are now amongst the best in Great Britain.

Moulton is situated close to major motorway networks and main railway lines, provising easy access from all parts of the country.

Course Content &Careers

Teaching and Learning

Shared modules include Geographical Information Systems (GIS), agri-environmental grant aid for rural development and a research thesis. The conservation option targets ecological survey skills within consultancies, habitat and species management and biological conservation. The agriculture option examines integrated farm management, meat production and advanced agricultural sciences. You will complete an individual research project on a subject of your choice and agreed with your tutor.

Download the Detailed Programme Specification.

Careers

Students may wish to progress to an appropriate postgraduate qualification or seek employment within the sector. Recent graduates have successfully furthered their careers in working with conservation organisations and wildlife organisations, as agricultural consultants, with advisory organisations such as the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and in the wildlife conservation and heritage sector (National Trust etc).

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed using a wide range of assessment methods including reports, essays, oral presentations and formal examinations.