Agriculture HNC

Course code 104D

What is special about this course?

Do you want to increase your knowledge and understanding of the multi-disciplines of agriculture practice? This HNC has been designed to provide you with 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

  • Technical knowledge 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 can provide information on local accommodation options at each centre on request to help you find a place to stay if required.

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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift 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. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and placements introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing. Where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • 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, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
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, 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:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

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 2022

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.