Agriculture HNC

UCAS code 104D
Information line 01463 279190

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

  • 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 and environmental issues
  • Opportunities exist for higher level study following the successful completion of the HNC


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, NC Agriculture

Access routes

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?

  • Full Time

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and practical sessions.

How long will my course last?

Full Time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

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)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285

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)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720

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)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720

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


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 lifestock 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 the HND Agriculture.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Agriculture HNC

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.

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