BSc (Hons) Rural Business & Land Management

Bachelor's Degree | Subject to validation

Apply for 2024

This undergraduate course will run over two calendar years as an accelerated degree, getting you into employment faster and reducing the time to qualify. It will follow a block teaching module where students will attend campus one week in every four. The programme will draw on established practice in teaching professional skills, combining technical sessions focused on developing a sound theoretical grounding with practical exercises to enable learners to apply those skills effectively on behalf of clients. The content will reflect the demands and experiences of combining study with employment.

The programme aims to provide learners with:

  • A thorough knowledge and practical understanding of resource use and the industries key to the rural economy
  • Strong technical skills in key disciplines, including valuation, law, finance, business appraisal and building construction
  • Effective consultancy skills enabling them to identify and appraise issues on behalf of clients and deliver solutions to property and business challenges
  • The skills to work towards personal, academic and career targets including achieving full membership of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and CAAV (Central Association of Agricultural Valuers)

Course details

Dates & Location

September 2024 (subject to validation)


This programme is a full BSc (Hons) degree that can be completed in two years, rather than three years. You will study Level 4, 5 and 6 modules delivered over six terms on a hybrid learning basis.

Students will attend campus 1 week with seminars, lectures, practicals and more - with the remaining 3 weeks delivered remotely with academic and industry supported study.


This is an accelerated BSc course over 2 years. For UK students, this results in a total cost of £21,600 compared to £27,750 for a 3 year course, saving £6,150. Fees per year:

  • UK Fees: £10,800
    • Students on this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans as normal. 
  • EU/ International Fees: £12,000

Entry Requirements

We consider a wide range of Level 3 qualifications with UCAS Tariff points, specifically:

  • A Level: three subjects (BCC)
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma (DMM)
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 Points overall
  • Access to HE in Chemistry and/or Biology: 104 Points

We also consider alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technical, AQA Tech-Level, and a range of international qualifications at Level 3 equivalent.

We also consider applicants with relevant industrial experience if over 21 years of age.

We expect a minimum of five GCSEs, including Mathematics and English at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system).

Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS at 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing.


Student Support
The College’s Inclusive Learning and Development Department offers dedicated support for HE students, this can take the form of one-to-one support, exam access arrangements.Students who have a learning disability are able to access support with making an application to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) from the College’s Inclusive Learning and Development Department.   

The Library boasts a collection of over 8,000 books, covering a range of key subject areas within land-based curriculum. The Library also provides students with access to a variety of magazines, periodicals and academic journals through online databases.  

Learning technology is central to the learning experience of students at Plumpton College and therefore is supported by dedicated staff within the College Teaching and Learning Team.  The responsibilities of this team are to help support students with learning technology to enhance the overall learning experience.   

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. 

Class sizes 
Class sizes vary by module and all students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Assessment methods are largely based on case studies and analysis of real-life situations, reports of workplace practices and presentations of evaluations of sustainable strategies. 


Term 1 & 2

  • Introduction to the Rural Economy (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Rural Property Law (15 credits)
  • Valuation Part 1 (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Farming Systems (15 credits)
  • Building and Construction Management (15 credits) 
  • Geographic Information Systems (15 credits)
  • Integrated Project 1 (30 credits)

Term 3 & 4

  • Property Agency and Marketing (15 credits)
  • National and Local Taxation (15 credits)
  • Valuation Part 2 (15 credits)
  • Infrastructure and Compulsory Purchase (15 credits)
  • Sustainable Business Management (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Integrated Project 2 (30 credits)

Term 5 & 6

  • Natural Resource Management (15 credits)
  • Strategic Rural Asset Management (15 credits)
  • Valuation Part 3 (15 credits)
  • Planning and Development (15 credits)
  • Project Investment and Feasibility (15 credits) 
  • Business Planning and Performance (15 credits)
  • Honours Project (30 credits)

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