Agriculture HNC

UCAS code 104D

What is special about this course?

Do you want to hone and develop the many practical skills involved in the multi-disciplines of agriculture practice? This husbandry-based HNC has been designed to provide you with these practical skills as well as the theoretical knowledge required to undertake the running of a farm enterprise.

You will be given the opportunity to study in both a national and global context with emphasis throughout the course on agriculture as a multi-functional industry.


Special features

  • Practical sessions will be delivered on our tutor's working farm in Kintyre
  • The technical knowledge and practical experience gained will enhance your employability skills and career prospects in arable or livestock farming
  • You will gain knowledge in crop production, animal welfare, health and safety, environmental issues and climate change
  • Opportunities exist for higher level study following the successful completion of the HNC
  • Part-time programme available with classes scheduled two evenings per week, over 3 years


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, or
  • 1 A level at grade D or above, plus
  • At least 3 Standard grade passes at level 3 or above, National 4 or other equivalent qualification passes
  • Alternatively, SVQ level 3 in Agriculture with some work-based experience OR
  • NC Agriculture

Year 1 - HNC

Subjects include:

  • Arable crop production
  • Crop protection and harvesting mechanisation
  • Environmental awareness
  • Farm power
  • Grass and fodder crop production
  • Information technology: applications software 1
  • Livestock breeding
  • Livestock growth, health and welfare
  • Livestock husbandry and recording
  • Livestock production systems
  • Soils and crop establishment
  • Agriculture: graded unit 1

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • The full-time option is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, as well as practical sessions
  • The part-time programme is delivered over 3 years. You will complete two units per semester, each unit will be taught as a 3-hour evening class
  • The course will be delivered by video conference and is therefore available to study from any location. There will be some mandatory practical sessions for some units, and you will be required to travel to our teaching farm in Kintyre to participate in these
  • For full information on the part-time option please download our brochure

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time (structured): 3 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the HNC Agriculture you may wish to consider various roles in arable and livestock farming, for example:

  • Farmer
  • Animal welfare officer
  • Experimental assistant
  • Herdsman
  • Shepherd


Can I progress into further study?

After successful completion of this HNC you may progress to an HND Agriculture.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.