Four new forward-thinking degree courses unveiled - Fruit & Vine

Four new forward-thinking degree courses unveiled

Plumpton College has announced a suite of sustainability-focused degree programmes alongside its validating partner, the University of Greenwich.

Plumpton College

Poised to revolutionise education in agriculture, horticulture, land management, and rural business, the new courses reflect a commitment to environmental stewardship and aim to bridge the skills gap in these sectors, offering a solution to sustainability challenges, Plumpton says. The courses are:

Sustainable Agriculture: Accelerated two-year BSc programme, subject to validation – tailored to empower the next generation of farmers with cutting-edge knowledge and practices. This programme is a response to the need for skilled professionals who can navigate the complexities of modern agriculture while championing sustainable practices, featuring modules such as ecology, biodiversity, and precision cropping systems.

Sustainable Horticulture Management: Providing a comprehensive understanding of eco-friendly horticultural practices relating to developing technologies and strategies. This degree equips graduates to lead the charge in sustainable horticulture, promoting environmental harmony and resource efficiency.

Sustainable Land Management: Immersing students in a practical, theoretical and sustainable learning environment that enables nature recovery, supports food production and fosters an enduring and positive approach to managing our land in the current day and for future generations across all industries. Designed for those aspiring to be stewards of our natural landscapes with a focus on conservation, biodiversity, and sustainable land use.

Rural Land and Business Management: Accelerated two-year BSc programme, subject to validation – providing students with the critical skills and knowledge to advise clients both large and small how best to optimise the use of their property and business assets. Graduates of this degree are equipped not only with a solid understanding of business principles but also with the ability to apply these principles to rural enterprises in an environmentally conscious manner.

In providing students with a course curriculum that combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience, these courses ensure that graduates are not only academically qualified but also industry-ready, Plumpton says.

Principal Jeremy Kerswell comments: “We are seeing a significant rise in the number of students who wish to get into the workplace quicker, progress through their industry, and lower the time and cost of study. These degrees, unique within land and environment higher education, offer access to careers and employers in way not offered at other institutions. The four land and environment degree courses at Plumpton College have been informed by the significant changes in the UK agricultural industry both post-Brexit and in the context of climate change as well as global challenges in sustainability, food security and natural resource management.”

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