**Why you should study Agriculture at WUC...** - We are situated in the main arable region of Essex with access to many farms including our own 100 hectares of crop production together with pig, sheep and cattle units. - You will have the opportunity to use both the Writtle farm and the close links with industry via study tours to widen your knowledge and experience. - You will get hands-on with our arable land, a variety of livestock and machinery in practical assignments and teaching sessions. - You will receive interactive teaching throughout, developing leadership skills while building confidence in the contribution you can make to the industry. - We place an emphasis on making science applied and highly relevant, providing you with a deep understanding of the reasons behind agricultural management decisions. - We welcome students from both farming and non-farming backgrounds. Extra tutorial support is provided to build up an understanding of the sector and develop academic skills if you need it. - You will learn from expert academic staff who have fantastic connections within the UK and across Europe. - You will benefit from modern assessment strategies, which are not just about exams, but also real-life case studies and presentations. - We produce award-winning and high-profile alumni, including two of the last three farm ministers. - You will have opportunities for frequent interaction with lecturers providing one-to-one feedback and a personal approach to students. The Higher Certificate course is intended to provide a taster of studying Agriculture at higher education level. It covers aspects of agricultural science, crop production and livestock production, as well as allowing students to gain an appreciation of the industry. Students will also acquire the study skills necessary to enable them to progress to a higher award if desired. A Higher Certificate has been designed to enable students to progress to Diploma of Higher Education or Honours degree programmes following completion.