Agriculture HND

UCAS code 004D

What is special about this course?

The aim of the HND Agriculture is to develop practical and core skills and build competence and understanding in the areas of applied science and technology, business management, economic policy and the environment.

You will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding of animal and crop production technology, farm mechanisation, business management and managing people, which are necessary for a position as a trainee/assistant farm manager or equivalent. You will also develop your awareness of relevant health and safety, animal welfare and environmental issues.

The HND Agriculture is available across all the learning centres of Argyll College UHI.

Special features

  • Gain an understanding of relevant conservation issues and the concept of sustainability
  • Enhance your employability skills and career prospects with industry-related technical knowledge and practical experience
  • Benefit from industry guest speakers, and tutors, with extensive links to local employers in the agriculture industry as well as current industry experience
  • Study this multi-functional industry from a regional, national and global context


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

Entry requirements

Year one:

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above, or
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Alternatively, NC Agriculture
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis, relevant work experience will be taken into consideration
  • You will attend a pre-course induction in our Campbeltown centre, where you can meet tutors and fellow students and familiarise yourself with the farm facilities

Year two:

  • HNC Agriculture (with 15 SQA credits) can allow direct access to year two of the HND

Access routes

NC Agriculture

Year 1 - HNC

You will study the following units:

  • 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


Year 2 - HND

To complete the HND, you will study the following units:

  • Agriculture Produce: Quality and Processing
  • Crop and Livestock Mechanisation
  • Farm Buildings and Controlled Environments
  • Farm Manures, Wastes and the Environment
  • Livestock Management Systems
  • Livestock Nutrition
  • Pasture Management
  • Planning, Budgeting and Control
  • Plant Protection: Integrated Approaches
  • Using Financial Accounting Statements
  • Agriculture Graded Unit 2
  • Agriculture Graded Unit 3
  • Land Use Systems
  • Developing Skills for Personal Effectiveness
  • Rural Business Diversification

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

Practical topics are delivered on our farm facility in Campbeltown during a number of three-day blocks in each semester.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Part-time (structured): 4 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Following the successful completion of the HND Agriculture you will be able to seek employment in a range of occupations, for example:

  • Farmer (self-employed)
  • Assistant Farm Manager
  • Trainee Farm Manager
  • Experimental Officer
  • Field Trials Officer
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Machinery Ring Manager
  • Overseas (VSO)
  • Agriculture Officer
  • Operations Manager
  • Crop Adviser

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Apply for Agriculture HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2019

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.