Agriculture is the mainstay of rural communities, and a significant UK industry sector. You will study a fascinating blend of science, technology and management methods, starting with a firm grounding in business, economics and land use. You will move on to cover topics including the physiology of animal groups in the context of environmental conditions, biodiversity of habitats, conservation, productivity and human impact on the countryside. Our agricultural students will be taught by enthusiastic teaching experts, who you may have already seen on TV documentaries or your favourite radio show. The department has over 1000ha of farmland which includes lowland and upland sheep farms, a 500 cow dairy herd, intensive and extensive beef production systems. Out of all the oats grown in the UK, 65% have come from varieties bred and developed at IBERS Aberystwyth University. This is a two year course and it is designed as an introduction to Agriculture at Higher Education level. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree are automatically offered entry into the 2nd year of a suitable degree programme offered by the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS). Students who demonstrate consistently good performance will be offered entry into the final year of a suitable degree programme.