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  1. 1. 2 Where to start? The index on this page gives you a full listing of all our courses. We suggest that you read through the introduction to the course area first, as this is designed to give you a sound overview of the subject. More detail is given on the individual course pages. Our entry requirements are found on pages 95 to 97, and page 92 tells you more about how to apply. Visiting SAC to talk to the Student Recruitment Officers, teaching staff and current SAC students is also an excellent way to find out more so please come along to one of our Open or Taster Days if you can. Finally, make sure you check our website for additional and up-to-date information! A full list of SAC’s undergraduate courses, organised into general subject areas, is given here, together with UCAS course codes and campus locations. Page Course UCAS Aberdeen Ayr Edinburgh Code X Y Z Agriculture 21 BSc/BSc (Hons) Agriculture DN42 • • • 22 HND Agriculture 004D • • • 23 HNC Agriculture 104D • • • APPLY 24 Diploma Agriculture DIRECT • 25 HNC Poultry Production 324D • A p p l i e d S c i e n c e a n d Te c h n o l o g y 32 BSc/BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science D300 • • 33 BSc/BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience D420 • • 33 BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience (Food Science) CD96 • 34 HND Applied Bioscience 527D • • 35 HNC Bioscience 017D • • 36 BSc/BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science D700 • • 37 HND Agricultural Science 007D • • 38 BSc/BSc (Hons) Green Technology CF98 • 39 HND Green Technology 89FC • 40 HND Sustainable Building Technology 72FK • 41 HNC Sustainable Building Technology 27KF • Business 47 BA/BA (Hons) Rural Business Management (Agriculture) NDF4 • • 47 BA/BA (Hons) Rural Business Management (Animal) ND23 • • 47 BA/BA (Hons) Rural Business Management (Enterprise) D0N0 • • 47 BA/BA (Hons) Rural Business Management (Equine) ND24 • 47 BA/BA (Hons) Rural Business Management (Food) ND2P • 48 HND Rural Business Management 654D • • 49 HNC Rural Business Management 012N • •
  2. 2. Where to start 3 Page Course UCAS Aberdeen Ayr Edinburgh Code X Y Z E n v i ro n m e n t , C o u n t r y s i d e a n d C o n s e r v a t i o n 54 BSc/BSc (Hons) Countryside Management F750 • • 55 HND Countryside Management 157F • • 56 BSc/BSc (Hons) Environmental Protection F851 • 57 BSc/BSc (Hons) Sustainable Environmental Management FN82 • • • 58 HND Environmental Management and Sustainability 47DF • • • 59 BSc/BSc (Hons) Rural Resource Management F810 • 60 HND Rural Resource Management 018F • 61 HNC Countryside and Environmental Management 057F • • • H o r t i c u l t u re , L a n d s c a p e a n d G a rd e n D e s i g n 67 HND Garden Design 092W • • 68 HNC Garden Design 192W • • • 69 BSc/BSc (Hons) Horticulture D410 • • 70 HND Horticulture 914D • • 71 HNC Horticulture 014D • 72 BSc/BSc (Hons) Horticulture with Plantsmanship D4D7 • 73 HND Horticulture with Plantsmanship 454D • APPLY 74 Diploma in Professional Gardening DIRECT • 75 HNC Landscape Management 34KD • S p o rt, To u r i s m a n d O u t d o o r P u r s u i t s 81 BA/BA (Hons) Activity Tourism Management N832 • 82 BA/BA (Hons) Equine Tourism Management N870 • 83 BA/BA (Hons) Food Tourism Management N860 • 84 BA/BA (Hons) Nature Tourism Management N833 • 85 HND Activity Tourism 038N • 86 HNC Activity Tourism 338N • 87 BA/BA (Hons) Outdoor Pursuits Management N874 • 88 BA/BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development N872 • 89 BA/BA (Hons) Sport and Recreation Management N873 • 90 HND Sport and Recreation Management 278N • 91 HNC Sport and Recreation Management 178N • UCAS Application Codes and Campus Codes are given in the table above. SAC’s Institution Code Name is SAC, and the Institution Code is S01. Further information about how to apply is given on page 92.
  3. 3. 4 Learning at SAC University level education… science courses are supported by well-equipped teaching laboratories, and our strong research base SAC added value means that students have access to highly specialised At SAC, we recognise the responsibility we have in laboratories and equipment. We have amenity and ensuring our students leave us with the knowledge, commercial horticultural units, woodlands, gardens, skills and confidence required to develop their future conservation centres, and historic buildings. In career. We’re proud of the reputation our courses addition, our strong industry partnerships provide have, which is one of quality and industrial access to learning at facilities such as the Royal relevance, taught by those who are recognised and Botanic Garden, research institutes, and tourism respected educationalists and experts in their field. and outdoor pursuits venues. It’s not all just sitting in The SAC Virtual Learning lecture theatres… Environment (VLE) You learn in many different ways at SAC. There All SAC students have a personalised learning will, of course, be traditional lectures, some area in the SAC Virtual Learning Environment involving guest speakers, and practical classes such (VLE). This can be accessed at any time, and from as laboratory work (depending on your course), but anywhere with an internet connection, and provides you’ll also participate in a range of seminars and a valuable and flexible source of learning support tutorials, group presentations, projects, and written for both campus-based and distance learning assignments. Our goal is to ensure that you develop students. Material to complement lectures, campus the necessary academic knowledge in your chosen announcements, careers information, job vacancies subject area together with the transferable skills such and college events can all be found here. as independent learning, group work, presentation, communication, IT, and problem solving that you’ll For students undertaking courses by flexible need for your future. learning, ‘virtual’ modules are complemented with real-time, online group tutorials, allowing interaction And learning isn’t confined to the classroom! and the exchange of ideas between lecturers and Whatever course you’re studying you’ll find that student groups. study tours, field trips, and real-life case studies all feature. Our smaller teaching groups also mean we Student Representation are able to arrange regular visits to relevant industry At SAC, all students have the opportunity to make locations and to meet experts working in your field. a difference. Student Liaison Committees (one for each campus) and the Education and Skills Committee Resources provide students with a direct and formal means SAC has all the resources you would expect from a of communication with SAC’s senior managers and University level College, such as excellent library and Board of Directors. In addition, each course year IT facilities, and well-equipped teaching classrooms elects student representatives who meet with staff and lecture theatres. Our specialist resources are also termly as part of the course’s Student Liaison Group. substantial. SAC has farms, advisory offices, and veterinary services located across Scotland. Our
  4. 4. Learning at SAC 5 Your opinions matter to us and you’ll find that we learning through appropriate personal volunteering consult with you regularly throughout your time at and community projects which may contribute to SAC. On-line evaluations give you the chance to tell formal assessments. us what you think about the modules you study and more generally about your overall experience of Formal, short term, work placements feature on being a student at SAC. many courses. Longer placements, such as SAC’s unique Trust Traineeship scheme, also exist, and this During 2010, Students’ Associations at each offers successful applicants the opportunity to work campus will be supported by the Students’ in SAC’s own Consulting Division for the summer Association Development Officer, who will work between third and fourth year. with students and staff to establish a full-time student sabbatical officer post. This post will A testament to the career worthiness of our courses assist SAC in shaping future developments is that many companies approach SAC first when which affect the student experience. seeking new employees. A biennial careers fair also takes place, attracting a mix of blue chip, Employability and Careers and smaller companies, charities and volunteering agencies, as well as training and public sector bodies. SAC’s courses prepare you for the future. Of the students completing courses in 2009, 92% Ensuring a quality education had found employment or were studying for a further qualification within 6 months. Our courses In addition to its own internal quality assurance are designed with your future career in mind; systems, SAC participates in the Quality Assurance vocational in nature, blending academic with Agency for Higher Education (QAA) institutional practical. We regularly invite industrial representatives and programme review, and Scottish Qualifications to advise and contribute to our plans for new and Authority (SQA) quality procedures. Being inspected existing courses. and complying with these external benchmarking agencies ensures that SAC’s quality of education As a student at SAC you will be taught by a SAC is guaranteed. Our comprehensive internal quality team which, depending on your course, may include assurance system covers all aspects of the development lecturers, researchers, vets, and consultants as well and delivery of SAC’s courses, and includes an appeals as speakers from industry. Knowledge transfer is at and complaints procedure. The Further and Higher the heart of SAC - passing on experience, industry Education Charter for Scotland sets out the standards insight, and expertise, ensuring the commercial expected of Higher Education Institutions and these environment is part of the classroom. are encompassed within SAC’s education quality system, the College’s Commitment to Service, and Where appropriate to your course, you will study its Student Charter. for industry recognised training qualifications. All first years will work with their Adviser of Studies in devising, and then completing, a professional development profile (PDP). You will also be encouraged to enhance your classroom
  5. 5. 6 Student Services Disability and Learning support Looking after your welfare If you have a disability, SAC will undertake all Starting your course at SAC is bound to bring reasonable efforts to facilitate access to our courses. you new challenges. You’ll be managing your Applicants declaring a disability and who meet or are time and your finances, while studying, predicted to meet academic entry requirements will socialising, and possibly working and juggling be contacted by the programme leader and the family commitments. If you find you need help, campus Senior Tutor to discuss the specific support you’ll have the reassurance that timely support needs required to enable the applicant to achieve is readily available. course outcomes. If you wish to discuss your particular needs in advance of submitting an Student Services describes the facilities and team application, please contact us and we will arrange of staff that support your well-being while you for a Senior Tutor to speak with you. are studying at SAC. We aim to provide a friendly, and, when needed, confidential service. If you are looking for advice and help with money matters, personal issues, health care, accommodation, spiritual support, sport, recreation or leisure, Student Services will listen, advise and help. Student support is a concern of all teaching staff at SAC, particularly your Adviser of Studies. The campus Senior Tutor is also a key contact, especially for funding and learning support concerns. SAC has access to a network of community and partner University support agencies. If Student Services is unable to help, it will know who can and will put you in touch with them quickly.
  6. 6. Learning at SAC / A flexible approach to study 7 A flexible approach to study “ Studying Full-Time Each undergraduate course is made up of “Studying at SAC has given me a flexible opportunity “modules” – different subjects studied during the to study while continuing to work full-time. My academic year. For example, in year one of a course employer agreed to give me half a day a week to you’ll find that you study up to 15 different modules, attend the course. The teaching staff take the time giving you a breadth of understanding in your chosen to get to know all of the students and appear to subject area. In years three and four of the degree go that bit further to help you fit in and enjoy your years, you study fewer modules, but are required studies. I would certainly have no hesitation in to work more independently, specialising in the recommending SAC as a place to study part-time.” areas of the course which interest you. Corri McHardy At SAC the teaching timetable is organised into half- BA Rural Business Management day blocks of study. Usually, one module will take up half a day a week (either a morning or an afternoon). There will be additional work (assessments and Returning to Learning group projects for example) to do in your own time. Being a “mature” student SAC’s provision is credit rated and mapped against Whether you are thinking about studying full-time the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework or part-time, taking the decision to return to learning (SCQF) which means you receive recognition for after an absence is an admirable one. the successful completion of each module. We’re aware that returning to learning can be daunting. SAC staff are experienced in guiding you Studying Part-Time through the practicalities of being a student, and All of SAC’s undergraduate courses are available many students find our small class sizes and excellent to study full-time or part-time. access to lecturing and support staff really helps the transition. We particularly welcome the diversity of As a part-time student you study alongside full-time life experiences that older students bring into the students but take fewer modules each year thereby learning environment and are delighted with the reducing your learning time commitments to fit interaction and group bonding that emerges between in other things like a job or family responsibilities. those who join SAC straight from school or college, Typically, part-time students study at half the rate and those who have taken a break from formal learning. of full-time, so an HND course may take four years instead of two. However, we are as flexible as you Around 45% of our student body can be classed as need us to be and if your personal circumstances “mature” (over 25) so you will find that you’re not change and you want to study more or less, or alone when you join us. Some students have just even suspend your studies for a while, it is possible. taken a few years out before progressing their education, some have brought up families, others are planning to study while they are working to improve their prospects, and there are those who have pursued successful careers in a different field before deciding to change direction and take up study again.
  7. 7. 8 Distance Learning Short Courses – for interest Learn at home, with occasional or professional development weekend study Many learners choose to study just one or two SAC offers a number of distance learning modules with SAC. The modules which make up courses, currently mostly at postgraduate level. our undergraduate courses can be studied as stand At undergraduate level, you are able to study alone subjects, without the need to sign up for a full two courses by distance learning: course. You attend the timetabled class along with the other students. • HNC Countryside and Environmental Management (see page 61) Distance Learning modules (available on the HNCs • HNC Rural Business Management (see page 49) in Countryside and Environmental Management, Other courses are planned for the future. and Rural Business Management) are also available for short course study. The HNC course is studied part-time, at home, by using materials provided by CD-ROM and “ on-line through SAC’s Virtual Learning Environment. At this pace, the HNC course takes 2 years to complete. Students are required to attend three “My experience at SAC was so positive and weekend study schools each year (six in total) enjoyable. It was over 30 years since I had when field work, case studies, classes and some undertaken any formal study so to say that I assessments take place. The weekend study was nervous would be a gross understatement!! schools also give you the opportunity to meet However, any fears were quickly dispelled mainly fellow students and lecturers face-to-face. due to the fantastic support from all the teaching staff. It was hard work but so rewarding that I hope to do some more study next academic year.” “ Fiona Murray HNC Horticulture “The course was really flexible and for me it was a great way to fit studying in around a full time job. The CDs containing the ‘lectures’ were really easy to use and included all of the relevant information needed to complete the assessments. The staff were really supportive and approachable.” Hazel Syme HNC Countryside and Environmental Management
  8. 8. A flexible approach to study 9 Professional Training Courses In addition to its undergraduate and postgraduate courses, SAC offers professional training courses through its Training Services provision. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is available for a range of industries, and includes food hygiene, tourism, business and management skills, CPD for vets, environment and conservation courses, and plant and equipment skills. SAC students are also given opportunities to benefit from this industry recognised training while they are studying their academic courses – sometimes as part of a module, sometimes as an extra course at cost. Further details can be found on the Training Services website at w w w. s a c . a c . u k / t r a i n i n g “ “Studying at SAC has given me a flexible opportunity to study while continuing to work full-time. My employer agreed to give me half a day a week to attend the course. The teaching staff take the time to get to know all of the students and appear to go that bit further to help you fit in and enjoy your studies. I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending SAC as a place to study part-time.” Alison Rock BSc (Hons) Environmental Protection
  9. 9. 10 About our courses University level education What qualifications are offered? SAC’s Diploma courses normally combine SQA National Units with work placement opportunities. SAC offers a range of undergraduate qualifications from Diploma to Degree. All of SAC’s courses aim to blend the subject specific academic and practical skills and knowledge required, Degree courses with a relevant range of transferable skills, in order to maximise your employment opportunities. You’ll Our degrees, are either a Bachelor of Arts - BA/BA find that the HNC and HND years are quite broad (Hons) - or Bachelor of Science - BSc/BSc (Hons). and varied designed to give a good grounding in Depending on the subject, they are awarded by either your chosen subject area. The degree years will be the University of Glasgow or the University of Edinburgh. more in-depth and specialised in content, culminating We’re very proud of our close links with these ancient in you undertaking your own research project in your Scottish universities, and students take our degree Honours (final degree) year. courses in the knowledge that they will graduate with a world-wide respected university degree. How are the courses structured? Diplomas and Certificates We have structured our courses to offer you entry and exit flexibility, as the diagram shows below. Higher National Diploma (HND) and Higher National For example: students who successfully complete a Certificate (HNC) qualifications are awarded by the HNC at SAC, are able to choose to carry on straight Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and their into year 2 of a related HND, and then progress into content is designed in close consultation with industry, years 3 and 4 of a related degree course, without business and other colleges, to maximise employment and progression opportunities to our degrees. HONOURS GENERAL DEGREE HND DEGREE SCQF 10 SAC (YEAR 2) SCQF 9 DIPLOMA HNC & HND SCQF 8 (INCORPORATING HNC) SCQF 7 SCQF 6 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 HIGHERS HNC 3 OR 4 HIGHERS STANDARD OR OR GRADES 1 A LEVEL 2 OR 3 A LEVELS OR OR OR GCSEs 2 IRISH LEAVING 3 OR 4 IRISH LEAVING OR CERTIFICATE CERTIFICATE SUBJECTS IRISH LEAVING SUBJECTS (HIGHER LEVEL) CERTIFICATES (HIGHER LEVEL) ENTRY TO LEVEL 3 (ORDINARY LEVEL) WITH HND
  10. 10. About our courses 11 any repeated years. Conversely, students who University Partners: Edinburgh initially intend to study for a degree course, but for some reason find that they need to leave and Glasgow their studies earlier than intended, are normally SAC works with partner universities to give you able to leave at the end of year 1 with a HNC access to prestigious university degrees when you or the end of year 2 with a HND qualification. graduate with us. Most of SAC’s degrees are awarded by the University of Glasgow, while our SAC has a mixture of students – some know that Environmental degrees are awarded by the University they will study all four years of the Honours degree of Edinburgh. Both of these historic Universities are from the start, and others enrol initially for a HNC ranked in the top 100 in the world, giving you an or HND and find as they progress that they want to undergraduate degree with international recognition. stay on to complete their degree. Advanced Entry How long does the course last? Do I have to start the course in Year 1? If you’re studying full-time, an HNC lasts one year, No. If you have qualifications which are suitable, an HND two years, a general degree three years, you can apply to join the course in Year 2 or Year 3, and an Honours degree lasts four years. Part-time to save you repeating what you’ve studied before. study normally takes twice as long, but we are You should check your qualifications with SAC’s able to be flexible about the rate at which you Admissions Office, but for example: if you have a study the course. related HNC qualification from another College, SAC has an academic year of 30 weeks, divided into you may be accepted straight into Year 2 of the three terms (for first and second year students) or HND or degree course. If you have a related HND, two semesters (for third and fourth year students). or a foundation degree, you may be accepted The year starts in late September/early October, straight into Year 3 of the degree. and ends in June. Exact term dates are available Charlotte Holland joined SAC as a 3rd year Rural on our website. Resource Management degree student following an HND in Environment and Heritage Studies with the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI). She says ... ““I had no problems fitting my previous HND in with the degree, and lecturers were always helpful in developing knowledge of any first and second year topics which they felt would benefit me. I really did find the conversion to student life at SAC very easy and only regret not coming here sooner!” Charlotte Holland BSc Rural Resource Management
  11. 11. 12 Partner Colleges Elmwood College SAC has formal agreements with a number of Many students who complete one of Elmwood’s partner Colleges offering guaranteed advanced land-based NC or HN courses (such as agriculture entry onto SAC’s courses for successful students. or horticulture) go on to study at SAC. The College These include Banff and Buchan College, Aberdeen has also been offering animal care courses at NC College, Angus College, James Watt College, and HN levels for a number of years and students and Kilmarnock College. Contact details of these can progress from these to a range of SAC courses. colleges, and further details about progression The College is renowned as a centre of excellence can be found on our website at: in golf and greenkeeping, attracting an international w w w. s a c . a c . u k / l e a r n i n g / p ro s p e c t i v e / student body and there are plans to develop a p ro g re s s i o n / c o n t l e a r n i n g / Golf Course Management degree with SAC which Elmwood students would progress onto. For those who have a passion for horses, Elmwood’s equine SAC also has close links courses lead to progression onto SAC’s Business or with the three Scottish Equine Tourism courses. Further information: Countryside Colleges: Tel: 01334 658856, w w w. e l m w o o d . a c . u k Barony College Oatridge College Courses at Barony College include agriculture, The range of courses at Oatridge College includes agricultural engineering, environmental resources agriculture, animal care, engineering, farriery, environment and countryside skills, deer farming, fish farming, and countryside management, equine studies, forestry, horticulture, veterinary nursing, greenkeeping, horticulture and landscaping. Most and animal care. Several of these complement those subjects run at NC and HN levels and there is a offered by SAC and progression from Barony long tradition of Oatridge students progressing College’s courses in agriculture, horticulture and on to SAC degree courses in agriculture, countryside countryside management into SAC’s HNC, HND and management, rural resource management, and degree courses is possible. Progression from other horticulture. Further information: courses may also be possible. Further information: Tel: 01506 864800, w w w. o a t r i d g e . a c . u k Tel: 01387 860251, w w w. b a ro n y.ac.uk
  12. 12. About our courses / SAC Aberdeen 13 SAC Aberdeen “ SAC Aberdeen is situated on the Craibstone Estate, about 5 miles from the city centre. Its location offers you the best of both worlds – close proximity “Studying at SAC Aberdeen is great fun. to the city, with excellent transport links (the airport There’s a great family atmosphere amongst and local train station being less than 2 miles away), staff and students alike and everyone is very but with the peace and tranquillity of a country supportive of each other! Our team spirit is estate. The Craibstone Estate has its own farmland, not only shown when supporting our sports teams, arboretum, gardens and walks, as well as teaching but also when we join together to organise fantastic and sports facilities, refectory, and accommodation. theme nights in the bar. Two other major events in the Craibstone Calendar are the pantomime and Aberdeen is known as the “granite city” and is Graduation Ball. Both are fantastic nights for Scotland’s third largest city with a population of a everyone and a great laugh to be involved with. If you’re a budding star, Craibstone is definitely quarter of a million people. It is home to over 16,000 your place to shine!” students, at colleges and universities, making it a vibrant city offering varied student life. There are Harriet Sarstedt excellent cultural, sporting, leisure and shopping 2009/10 SRC President, SAC Aberdeen facilities to suit all tastes and ages. As you would expect from any major city, there is a wide range of pubs and clubs, and the theatre, Exhibition Centre and Music Hall which host major concerts and gigs. Other attractions include cinemas, museums, karting, paintball, golf, and rural pursuits. There are also whisky and castle trails in the picturesque surrounding area. If you like the great outdoors, Royal Deeside and The Cairngorm National Park, both close by, offer beautiful scenery and a range of outdoor adventure activities. Accommodation is available on campus in Sutton and Hunter Halls. Both are close to the main teaching building and there is a bar and leisure facilities too. Sutton Hall offers en-suite single rooms and shared self-catering kitchens. A number of rooms have been designed for wheelchair access. Hunter Hall is mainly used by mature and international students and offers single rooms with shared bathrooms and self-catering kitchens. Both halls offer internet access/ wi-fi facilities.
  13. 13. 14 SAC Ayr SAC’s Ayr Campus is moving into a new phase The town of Ayr is situated on the west coast of in its long history and the 2011 academic year Scotland and looks across the Firth of Clyde towards will see it move to a newly built ‘state of the art’ the Isle of Arran and the atmospheric Mull of campus at Craigie in Ayr. The location is closer to Kintyre. A range of outdoor activities are all available the centre of Ayr and accessible by excellent local in the surrounding area, and there are bars, cinema, and national travel links. SAC’s partner in the theatre and live music venues all nearby. To the south new campus project, the University of the West lies the unspoilt countryside of the Galloway Hills, of Scotland (UWS), says that “the new campus while to the north the buzz of Glasgow is easily will provide Ayrshire with one of Scotland’s most reached. As Scotland’s largest city, it offers all the modern, environmentally friendly and sustainable retail, social and cultural facilities expected of a Higher Education learning environments.” major European city. Planning for the move is ongoing and staff and The new campus will offer brand new privately- current students are anticipating the relocation managed halls of residence which will accommodate with excitement. In this rare opportunity to build a both SAC and UWS students. The halls will be new learning environment from scratch, SAC’s own located in a green parkland area and will provide teaching and lecture spaces have been designed an exceptional living environment. around the needs of our own students, while the partnership with UWS enables us to offer access to a diverse range of shared vibrant social spaces. The library, restaurants, cafes, bars, sports facilities, shops and courtyards will be open to all students and will take full advantage of an attractive riverside setting. “ “From a social and living point of view, the new campus will add a completely new dimension to the current SAC Ayr student life. The idea to have joint accommodation and facilities with UWS students will help to create a more fun and atmospheric living environment, with more and bigger weekly events, and the potential for increased extra-curricular activities, sports and social clubs. So from this current student to future SAC students, the new campus will offer all that is currently great about SAC Ayr and make it even better. Hope to see you there!” Allan Thomson Student Social Committee, SAC Ayr New Ayr Campus, Artists impression
  14. 14. SAC Ayr / Edinburgh 15 SAC Edinburgh SAC’s Edinburgh campus is located on the Science Campus (King’s Buildings) of the University of Edinburgh, on the south side of the city. This joint location with the University means that while you study at SAC, and enjoy the family atmosphere, you also have access to a range of sports, leisure, bar and restaurant facilities on-site, shared with “ “Edinburgh is a great place to live, study and play, and offers fantastic opportunities to students. Study at SAC isn’t all about the academic experience in the lecture theatre… as society presidents we can confidently say that there’s students of the University. SAC Edinburgh has two plenty to be gained from being part of Edinburgh’s of its own student societies – the Edinburgh Agricultural student population. The Edinburgh AgriSoc prides Society, and the Green Feet Environmental Society – itself on having a full events schedule throughout both open to all students and organising a variety of the year ranging from pub golf and beerienteering sporting and social activities throughout the year. As to formal events such as the Christmas Ceilidh a student at SAC in Edinburgh you’re also able to and the May Ball. We also run Rugby, Football join the Edinburgh University Student Union which and Hockey teams. The Green Feet Society offers additional access to a wide range of sports organises activities such as conservation work, clubs and teams, and student societies. guest speaker events, ice-skating and horse riding, as well as nights out on the town, pub quizzes, Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city. It’s a small city, and an end of year Ceilidh. Both societies are with around half a million residents, and over 10% involved in charity fundraising activities throughout of these are students! The city is perfect for student the year, and are very much part of the SAC life, vibrant and full of activity, yet compact enough Edinburgh experience. We hope to welcome to get around easily. There are countless pubs, you to SAC soon.” restaurants and cafes, and a huge range of cinemas, theatres, museums, sports facilities, music venues, Chris Beattie and Bernadette Moloughney and clubs, to suit every taste imaginable. Edinburgh’s Edinburgh Agricultural Society and historic centre, with majestic castle and gardens, and Green Feet Environmental Society its enviable location near the sea and surrounded by Presidents 2009/10 SAC Edinburgh hills, are some of the many reasons it’s often voted the best city in the UK. SAC has an arrangement with Unite, which provides high quality private student accommodation within the city. Further details are on the Unite website: w w w. u n i t e - s t u d e n t s . c o m. Some students take accommodation with Unite, and others share rented accommodation which is also widely available in Edinburgh.
  15. 15. 18 PROFILE Careers and Employment SAC students find employment in a wide range of G re g o r jobs within the agri-food industry, often following Mackintosh a period of travel on completion of their studies. Graduated with an Agriculture, including poultry, is a worldwide Honours degree in industry, and you will find job opportunities both Agriculture in 2008. nationally and internationally. Overall our graduates achieve an employment rate of 95% within 6 months of completing their studies. After returning to his family farm in Aberdeenshire, Some return to the family farm, often putting new Gregor established a fledgling business ideas into practice to expand or diversify the business. producing extra virgin oil from oilseed rape. With SAC’s significant position within the industry, “We’ve been growing oilseed rape on the and the range of businesses and research institutes farm for 20 years. We never really gave much they visit whilst studying, SAC students are well thought about where it went, other than as placed to see potential career paths. Those seeking vegetable oil and biofuel. After College I came opportunities in a professional work environment home to work on the farm, but had already such as consultancy or land agency, for example, developed the idea to diversify during my final will have had the opportunity to experience this at year of study. first hand through the Professional Practice module During my fourth year at SAC we had a study run in the Honours Year. tour to the Netherlands where I was impressed Currently within the industry there is a lack of how farmers could make a living from a small technical experts in areas such as agronomy and acreage through producing high value produce. animal nutrition, and SAC Honours students who I was aware of one Scottish farm producing oil have specialised in these areas in their final year and decided to use my Honours project to look are in a good position to fill such vacancies. at the feasibility of establishing a similar business on my farm. Examples of recent jobs gained by our agricultural During our course we had learnt how to prepare graduates include agri-business partner for a bank, a business plan and had been introduced to sales specialist for an animal nutrition company, entrepreneurs through visits to rural businesses. and product developer for a feed company, as well This gave me the confidence to go ahead and as managers on working farms. launch my business. I continue to obtain Due to the integrated nature of the poultry industry, support from SAC staff; prior to going to many former poultry students have taken jobs in the pitch to a major supermarket I was able to operation and management of poultry production get advice from one of SAC’s food marketing units, processing plants and feed mills, or have consultants and this helped me secure a deal established careers in technical and advisory posts that now sees my oil selling throughout the in companies that service the poultry and wider North East of Scotland. I plan to continue to livestock production industries. expand the business and am currently looking at developing infused oils using herbs, garlic, rosemary and chilli.”
  16. 16. Agriculture 19 PROFILE Why study Agriculture at SAC? SAC has over a hundred years of experience of Tr i s t a n N i c h o l s providing agricultural education, and offers degree Studied the HNC in courses validated by the University of Glasgow. Poultry Production. Teaching draws on SAC’s unrivalled research and consultancy activity, and as a student you will be in regular contact with both commercial producers and agri-businesses. SAC has an extensive network of consultants and Tristan Nichols grew up on a small family farm advisors, expert knowledge of Scotland’s agriculture, in Tasmania, and was looking for a suitable and a strong international reputation. Livestock Poultry course to build on his experience working research is particularly strong at SAC; for example, as an assistant manager on a rearing farm. all UK genetic evaluations carried out for dairy “I decided to come to SAC because of its cattle, beef cattle and sheep are carried out by worldwide reputation, even as far afield as SAC geneticists who are continually developing Tasmania! The course has been enjoyable and new breeding tools for the industry. SAC vets demanding. I’ve particularly enjoyed the Poultry who provide diagnostic support to practising vets Production module, as the lecturer makes it in the field can be drafted in to provide expert very interesting.” tuition on the course. SAC has expansive laboratory facilities providing a range of analytical services Tristan was awarded a scholarship by PD Hook and specialised equipment, such as a CAT scanner Scotland, a large poultry company operating which can be used by students during their throughout the UK, which included a 12 month Honours projects. To support poultry courses, SAC work placement on the successful completion has extensive production and processing facilities, of his HNC. Tristan’s aim is to continue working and world leading researchers in avian science. in the Poultry industry, progressing to a Senior Management position and possibly running his Preparing you for your future own business in the future. In helping you prepare for employment, agricultural students are offered a range of opportunities to enhance their CVs. Practical skills courses in subjects such as crop spraying and cattle artificial insemination can be arranged alongside your academic course. Business skills can be honed through entering SAC teams in national business competitions such as the Pinnacle Awards. As an Honours student you can apply for a trainee studentship to spend a summer based in an SAC Farm Business Office for which you will not only be paid, but will receive a bursary towards your final year of study. Sponsorship to attend events and meetings such as the prestigious Oxford Farming Conference is also available to you. Study tours to other parts of the UK and Europe are arranged to gain awareness of the industry beyond Scotland.
  17. 17. 20 PROFILE R o b e rt Ramsay Robert is a final year Honours Agriculture student. Robert’s family background is in beef farming and he knew from an early age that he would seek an education and then a career within the agricultural industry. “I researched many agricultural courses throughout the UK before settling on SAC and have not regretted the decision I made. I’ve found the course to be very vocationally orientated and have enjoyed exploring and understanding the science that underpins much of the technology applied within the Agricultural industry. To this end, I have benefited greatly from being taught by leading SAC researchers. I also enjoy the business aspects of the course, particularly tackling case studies. I was fortunate to be part of a student team that reached the final of the Pinnacle Awards held in London, and the experience of performing well has given me great confidence for the future. Meeting industry representatives and sponsors on the judging panel and pitching myself against students from other colleges was a tremendous experience.” Prior to entering his final year of study Robert was awarded an SAC Trust funded traineeship to spend the summer with the SAC Farm Business Consultancy Service. “Spending time at both the Ayr and Lanark offices has given me a great insight into consultancy work and helped point me in the direction of a potential career path. Meantime, I am looking forward to my final year of study during which I plan to specialise in livestock subjects.”
  18. 18. Agriculture 21 A g r i c u l t u re BSc/BSc (Hons) UCAS Code D e g re e Aw a rd e d b y University of Glasgow DN42 SCQF Level 9/10 A d v a n c e d E n t ry Into year 2 or 3 is possible Campus Codes with an appropriate HN, X Aberdeen foundation degree, or Y Ayr similar qualification. Z Edinburgh E n t r y R e q u i re m e n t s Page 95 The aim of the degree course is to develop your general and specialist knowledge, understanding, and skills in agriculture to allow you to aspire to a leadership role within the agricultural industry. This is a wide-ranging course, giving you an understanding of the entire food chain, from plough to plate. You will develop the ability to tackle problems by collecting, analysing and evaluating, qualitative and quantitative information and using it to make sound decisions. You will develop the knowledge and understanding required for a senior management position within the agricultural, agri-business or agri-food industries, in both a UK and global context. You will also acquire a good appreciation of the environmental, moral, ethical and legal issues relevant to the agricultural industry today, and an understanding of how agriculture inter-relates with society. W h a t Wi l l I L e a r n? H o n o u r s P ro j e c t s Tutorials and seminars with SAC researchers In your fourth year you will undertake your own and consultants will be a feature of the degree research project in a subject which interests you, course. You will study topical issues and the latest drawing together all that you have learnt on your technological advancements in agricultural science course. Recent Honours Projects have included: in modules such as New Perspectives in Plant • The Use of Chicory as an Alternative to Anthelminthics Protection and Animal Feed Technology. for Parasite Control in Grazing Lambs. H o w Wi l l I L e a r n? • The Effect of Eyespot on Yield of Winter Wheat as Influenced by Variety and Fungicide Treatment. The first two years follow the HND Agriculture course. As you progress through the degree years, your • The Impact of Seasonal Migrant Labour on the exposure to and interaction with specialist research Scottish Agricultural Industry. and consultancy staff will increase. To provide an F i n d o u t m o re: A more detailed course leaflet international perspective, you will undertake an is available for this course. Please contact us or overseas study tour based on a relevant theme. visit our website: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / a g r i c u l t u re “ “I enjoy livestock subjects, particularly livestock breeding. There are many new developments in this field and much of the research is being conducted by SAC meaning our studies are right up to date! The ‘looking beyond the farm gate’ aspects of modules such as Business Marketing are good as I want to learn how the whole food and farming sector operates rather than just focussing on production agriculture. We have excellent visits to relevant businesses in this sector.” David Wyllie, Agriculture T: 0800 269 453 E: re c ru i t m e n t @ s a c . a c . u k W: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / l e a r n i n g
  19. 19. 22 A g r i c u l t u re HND UCAS Code SCQF Level 8 004D A d v a n c e d E n t ry Into year 2 is possible with a relevant HNC. Campus Codes E n t r y R e q u i re m e n t s Page 95 X Aberdeen Y Ayr Z Edinburgh The aim of the HND course is to provide you with a vocational programme based on the skills and knowledge required for employment at supervisory/junior managerial level within the agricultural industry and for self- employment in farming or other land-based sectors. 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 a sound appreciation of animal welfare, environmental and conservation issues and understand the concept of sustainability during your studies. W h a t Wi l l I L e a r n? P ro g re s s i o n O p p o r t u n i t i e s Key business skills are developed through modules Upon successful completion of this course, such as Planning, Budgeting and Control, which students can join year three of SAC’s will allow you, towards the end of the course, to BSc/BSc (Hons) Agriculture or BA/BA (Hons) undertake a Business Case Study on a farm business, Rural Business Management degree courses. evaluating its performance and suggesting potential changes that could be made. F i n d o u t m o re: A more detailed course leaflet is available for this course. Please contact us or H o w Wi l l I L e a r n? visit our website: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / a g r i c u l t u re Classroom sessions are supplemented by visits to a range of agricultural businesses. Visits to farm “ businesses will concentrate particularly on examining “I am so pleased to be able to manage the decision making process undertaken by the my own farm and this is really what I have manager in determining their strategy. Opportunities wanted to do since I left college. It is so are also given to use advanced software programmes hard for young people who don’t come for tasks such as livestock rationing. from a family-owned farm to get on the first rung of the ladder and my HND significantly helped me get to where I am today.” John Kerr, Agriculture T: 0800 269 453 E: re c ru i t m e n t @ s a c . a c . u k W: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / l e a r n i n g
  20. 20. Agriculture 23 A g r i c u l t u re HNC UCAS Code SCQF Level 7 104D E n t r y R e q u i re m e n t s Page 95 Campus Codes X Aberdeen Y Ayr Z Edinburgh The aim of the HNC course is to provide you with a husbandry-based programme in production agriculture, which, in combination with practical experience and guidance from a manager, will enable you to undertake the running of a farm enterprise. Within the HNC course you will develop the required skills and knowledge in crop production, animal production and mechanisation in an integrative manner and develop an ability to complete and maintain appropriate records and documents. You will also become aware of relevant health and safety, animal welfare and environmental issues during the course. W h a t Wi l l I L e a r n? P ro g re s s i o n O p p o r t u n i t i e s Your skills and knowledge in the main areas of Upon successful completion of this course, students agriculture are developed through modules such can join year two of the HND Agriculture. as Plant Protection, during which you will learn to identify weeds, pests and diseases and how F i n d o u t m o re: A more detailed course leaflet is to minimise their impact on crops, and Livestock available for this course. Please contact us or visit Husbandry, which covers a range of techniques our website: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / a g r i c u l t u re such as handling, vaccination, and stock selection. H o w Wi l l I L e a r n? The skills and knowledge you gain throughout the “ course will allow you to be able to monitor crop “HNC Agriculture gives a good base and livestock enterprises on a farm as an ongoing knowledge of most areas of agriculture, project. This will culminate in a report in which you ranging from crops through livestock, and touching on diversification, aiding people will present your findings based on observations that are not from farming backgrounds to and data collected during farm visits. gain enough information to work within the industry.” Scott Dewart, Agriculture T: 0800 269 453 E: re c ru i t m e n t @ s a c . a c . u k W: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / l e a r n i n g
  21. 21. 24 A g r i c u l t u re Diploma incorporating HNC Agriculture A p p l y d i re c t t o S A C SCQF Level 6/7 E n t r y R e q u i re m e n t s Page 95 Campus Code X Aberdeen The SAC Diploma in Agriculture provides you with a route into the Agriculture programme at SAC if you left school with Standard Grades or equivalent. Year one constitutes the Certificate in Agriculture (which you can take as a stand-alone year). More commonly you would opt to take the two-year SAC Diploma, the second year of which is the HNC. Practical experience is normally gained from work placements totalling 10 months and taken during college vacations. On completion of the course you will be employable within practical farming in positions such as head stockperson or arable grieve. W h a t Wi l l I L e a r n? P ro g re s s i o n O p p o r t u n i t i e s During the first year of the course you will develop Upon successful completion of this course, practical skills that will enhance your employment students can join year two of the HND Agriculture. prospects and these will include livestock skills such F i n d o u t m o re: A more detailed course leaflet is as milking, feeding and hoofcare, and mechanisations available for this course. Please contact us or visit skills such as handling and using field machinery. For our website: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / a g r i c u l t u re the second year of the course (HNC Agriculture) refer to page 23. H o w Wi l l I L e a r n? Practical skills are developed and assessed in the farm situation where you will be expected to demonstrate “ “I came to SAC because I wanted to learn the ability to undertake tasks such as basic livestock more about Agriculture. I was recommended handling and the setting up of machinery for specific to come to SAC by friends who were both field operations. past and present students of the College. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There is a good social life and I have made friends for life here.” Elaine Morrison, Diploma in Agriculture T: 0800 269 453 E: re c ru i t m e n t @ s a c . a c . u k W: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / l e a r n i n g
  22. 22. Agriculture 25 P o u l t r y P ro d u c t i o n HNC UCAS Code SCQF Level 7 324D E n t r y R e q u i re m e n t s Page 95 Campus Code Y Ayr The UK poultry industry is a competitive, dynamic industry with an annual retail turnover of £3.4 billion. This makes it one of the most successful UK food production industries. Tremendous job opportunities await you in today’s exciting and highly advanced poultry sector. If you think you can meet these challenges creatively and productively, you will find plenty of scope for professional growth. The HNC Poultry Production will prepare you for employment and provide a stepping stone for further vocational training. At SAC you will be taught by specialists who are part of the industry and committed to their subject. They will ensure that the course continues to evolve and reflect any changes in the poultry industry, and will help you develop the skills and knowledge required for a challenging and rewarding career. W h a t Wi l l I L e a r n? P ro g re s s i o n O p p o r t u n i t i e s The HNC Poultry Production covers such topics as Upon successful completion of this course, commercial egg production, poultry meat production, progression may be possible into year 2 of the and poultry health, ensuring that you have the skills following SAC degree courses: BSc/BSc (Hons) to manage a healthy stock of laying or breeding Agriculture, BSc/BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science, birds, including knowledge of control measures or BSc/BSc(Hons) Applied Bioscience. and legislative requirements. F i n d o u t m o re: A more detailed course leaflet H o w Wi l l I L e a r n? is available for this course. Please contact us You will have access to a substantial poultry or visit our website: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / p o u l t ry research unit which encompasses all aspects of “ modern poultry production from rearing through “I came to SAC for one of the Open Days to processing. These facilities include a hatchery, and met some of the lecturing staff and laboratories, a processing plant and stock saw the facilities. I decided then that this rearing houses. was the place for me and I have not regretted it. I enjoy my course and the poultry lecturers are always friendly and helpful. They all know you by your first name.” Brian Connolly, Poultry Production T: 0800 269 453 E: re c ru i t m e n t @ s a c . a c . u k W: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / l e a r n i n g
  23. 23. 28 Careers and Employment Green Technology SAC’s Applied Science and Technology courses In the UK’s renewable energy and environmental lead you to a variety of career opportunities. sectors, 400,000 new jobs are forecast by 2020, with 160,000 of them in Scotland. Graduates of SAC’s innovative Green Technology degree are Applied Bioscience expected to gain employment as project managers, The bioscience sector is dynamic and diverse. Past technical representatives and technicians with graduates specialising in plant science options have companies operating in the renewable energy, entered research positions in plant pathology, crop waste management or bioproduct supply chain quality, weed control, plant trials, and biofuels. sectors. Others might enter posts as consultants, Those taking the biotechnology options within the inspectors or development officers with course have found employment with companies such environmental agencies and organisations as GlaxoSmithKline, Invitrogen and Adgen Agrifood promoting energy efficiency, recycling and the Diagnostics. The BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience expansion of sustainable technologies. (Food Science) is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology, and graduates can enter positions in areas such as food quality and safety, Sustainable Building Technology or in food product development. Other graduates Opportunities for successful students of sustainable have become secondary school Biology teachers building technology will be found in the building after completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. services, engineering and design sectors. Expertise in low-carbon design, low-energy consumption, and renewable and sustainable building are needed Applied Animal Science by both private companies and the public sector, The livestock sector offers a wealth of career such as local government planning and building opportunities. Past graduates have gained control departments. employment as veterinary research assistants, investigating livestock diseases such as BSE. Others have found jobs as technical representatives for animal health products, joined feed companies as nutritionists, or entered careers in livestock breeding. Some graduates have been appointed as animal health officers and animal welfare officers. Agricultural Science Many specialist posts in support of the agricultural industry require science graduates. Examples of the jobs of Agricultural Science graduates include farm business consultant, farm conservation adviser, agronomist, meat hygiene inspector and an environmental supervisor for a composting company.
  24. 24. Applied Science and Technology 29 PROFILE Why study Applied Science E r i n Wi l l i a m s and Technology at SAC? Erin graduated with SAC is a specialist, land-based institution, providing an Honours degree a key focus for your subject choice, with its vision in Applied Animal “to be a leader for innovation and sustainable Science. development in the rural sector”. Your course will be relevant and right up to date, with SAC’s researchers and consultants contributing to its curriculum and teaching. SAC has particular research In her final year, Erin conducted an Honours strengths in animal science, sustainable livestock project on bull fertility with an SAC vet as her systems, crops, soils and the environment. In addition supervisor. Having enjoyed this taste of research, to its Veterinary Services, SAC’s consultancy activities she then went on to do a PhD at the Royal include arable, livestock, food chain quality and Veterinary College, London. safety, environmental management, renewable “My PhD work, into the effects of uterine energy, energy efficiency and building design. Strong infection on ovarian function in cattle, has links to land-based industries have ensured that been published in international academic SAC’s former students have an excellent track record journals and I have presented it at conferences of gaining professional jobs in their chosen subject nationwide. My research was also picked up after graduation. by Pfizer, who developed therapeutics for uterine disease in cattle.” In addition to drawing on SAC’s own expertise, you Erin is now a researcher in the Reproductive will undertake relevant visits to research institutes, Biology Research Cluster at University commercial companies, development sites or local College Dublin. farms throughout your course. For many courses, “I could not recommend SAC enough to any a third year Study Tour will give you first hand student thinking of going there. The dedication experience of the wider application of your studies and enthusiasm of the lecturers certainly rubs and possible career pathways in your field. Visits to off, and the Applied Animal Science course can SAC’s research farms are included for some modules, open up lots of fantastic career options.” while Honours year Animal Science, Agricultural Science and Applied Bioscience students can develop their skills in disease diagnostics at SAC’s Veterinary Disease Surveillance centres. Third year students can apply for an SAC Trust Fund Traineeship, which provides summer work experience with a Farm Business Services office, together with a bursary towards your Honours year.
  25. 25. 30 PROFILE Nicola S t e w a rt Nicola graduated with an Honours degree in Applied Bioscience. In her final year Nicola conducted an Honours research project into the distribution and potential applications of condensed tannins in Scottish wild plants. Since graduating, she has been working for the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI). Here she spent six months at the Mylnefield Lipid Analysis unit and has also worked on various projects including an analysis of Vitamin C in blackcurrants and the nutritional properties of barley. Progression Opportunities “I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the First year students take one of three streams, Applied course, which explored many areas of plant Science (leading to Applied Bioscience or Applied and animal science. Most class sizes were small, Animal Science), Agricultural Science, or Green allowing the lecturers to spend more time with Technology depending on their interests and career each student when required. The lecturers were aspirations. Similarly, HND Applied Bioscience offers approachable and would always give support two second year streams, one for students intending when it was needed. I hope to continue to progress to BSc/BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience and working for SCRI and in the future I would one for students intending to progress to BSc/BSc love to conduct research towards a PhD.” (Hons) Applied Animal Science. HNC Bioscience HNC Green Technology Agricultural Science Applied Science Sustainable Building stream stream stream Te c h n o l o g y HND HND HND HND G re e n Agricultural Applied Bioscience Sustainable Building Te c h n o l o gy Science General stream Animal Science stream Te c h n o l o g y BSc/BSc (Hons) BSc/BSc BSc/BSc Applied BSc/BSc (Hons) (Hons) (Hons) Bioscience Applied G re e n Agricultural or Applied Animal Science Te c h n o l o gy Science Bioscience (Food Science)
  26. 26. Applied Science and Technology 31 PROFILE Matthew Black Matthew joined the Green Technology degree in 2007. He is currently in third year. “I had always been interested in environmental issues and found the Green Technology degree one of the very few around that offered solutions through the implementation of emerging technologies. I immediately found the course engaging, challenging and exciting and the students and staff friendly and helpful. I would recommend the BSc Green Technology at SAC to anyone interested in the subject and wishing to gain employment in the expanding renewables sector.”
  27. 27. 32 A p p l i e d A n i m a l S c i e n c e BSc/BSc (Hons) UCAS Code D e g re e Aw a rd e d b y University of Glasgow D300 SCQF Level 9/10 A d v a n c e d E n t ry Into year 2 or 3 is possible Campus Codes with an appropriate HN, Y Ayr foundation degree, or Z Edinburgh similar qualification. E n t r y R e q u i re m e n t s Page 95 Animal science is a fascinating field of study. As an Applied Animal Science student at SAC you will be at the cutting edge of the latest industry developments, giving you a head start for an exciting career after graduation. Applied animal scientists will have a vital role to play in meeting the future demands of our growing population in a time of climate change. Applications of animal science are crucial for improving the productivity and sustainability of livestock production systems, for controlling disease epidemics, for raising standards of animal welfare, and for enhancing wildlife biodiversity. The aim of this course is to equip you with a sound knowledge and understanding of animal science and its applications, together with practical and laboratory skills and an understanding of the environmental, ethical and economic contexts in which the sector operates. W h a t Wi l l I L e a r n? H o n o u r s P ro j e c t s Following a foundation in biological principles and In your fourth year you will undertake your own laboratory skills, you will study the growth, nutrition, research project in a subject which interests you, reproduction, health, welfare and behaviour of drawing together all that you have learnt on your animals, with a particular focus on farm livestock. course. Recent Honours Projects have included: Elective modules include disease diagnostics, • The Prevalence and Genetics of Compressive breeding and genetics, pharmacology, ecology, Cervical Myelopathy in Pedigree Texel Sheep. molecular bioscience, horse business management • The Effect of Lubricants used for Semen Collection and animal science and society. on Chilled Equine Semen Motility. H o w Wi l l I L e a r n? • A Comparison of Behaviour in Laying Hens Theoretical aspects of the course are complemented (Gallus Gallus Domesticus) when Housed With by laboratory and practical classes and by visits to or Without Perches. farms and animal science research institutes. A third F i n d o u t m o re: A more detailed course leaflet year study tour is included to show the wider is available for this course. Please contact us applications of animal science. or visit our website: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / a p p l i e d a n i m a l s c i e n c e “ “I really appreciate all of the hard work that goes into producing modules that are both interesting and current. SAC is a fantastic place to study and I am proud to have been associated with it.” Megan Wilson, Applied Animal Science T: 0800 269 453 E: re c ru i t m e n t @ s a c . a c . u k W: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / l e a r n i n g
  28. 28. Applied Science and Technology 33 A p p l i e d B i o s c i e n c e BSc/BSc (Hons) S p e c i a l i s t d e g re e o p t i o n a v a i l a b l e i n F o o d S c i e n c e UCAS Code SCQF Level 9/10 D420 A d v a n c e d E n t ry Into year 2 or 3 is possible with an appropriate HN, UCAS Code for Food Science option CD96 foundation degree, or Campus Codes similar qualification. Y Ayr E n t r y R e q u i re m e n t s Page 95 Z Edinburgh Food Science availabe at Ayr only Recent skills reviews report a growing demand for well trained graduates in the rapidly developing bioscience sector and by the food industry. This course explores the diverse applications of biosciences in the land-based sector today, such as the drive to sustain efficient production of food, renewable energy and raw materials for industry, whilst protecting the environment and enhancing natural biodiversity. In the final two years of the degree you can follow one of two streams. The Applied Bioscience stream offers a wide range of electives in areas such as biotechnology, pharmacology, animal welfare and behaviour, disease diagnostics, plant responses to stress, ecology, and soil-environment interactions. The more specialised Food Science option focuses particularly on biological applications relating to food quality, safety and processing. W h a t Wi l l I L e a r n? H o n o u r s P ro j e c t s The first year will provide you with a strong In your fourth year you will undertake your own foundation in biological principles and laboratory research project in a subject which interests you, skills. In subsequent years you can choose from a drawing together all that you have learnt on your wide range of elective studies in the applications of course. Recent Honours Projects have included: plant, animal, microbial and environmental biology • SDS-PAGE Detection of Salmonella from Gut as well as in biotechnology and food science. Samples of Deceased Wild Birds. H o w Wi l l I L e a r n? • The Use of Plant Secondary Metabolites to Control Clostridium Infections in Poultry. In addition to traditional lectures, you will develop skills in practical and experimental techniques, both • The Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance from Gram in laboratory classes and by conducting individual Negative to Gram Positive Bacteria. research projects. Applications of biosciences will F i n d o u t m o re: A more detailed course leaflet is be illustrated by visits to research establishments, available for this course. Please contact us or visit commercial laboratories and to food and drink our website: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / a p p l i e d b i o s c i e n c e manufacturing plants. “ “I gained a variety of skills and techniques from the laboratory classes which I use in my current job. The Bioscience Study Tour was a particular highlight, as it gave you an insight into different kinds of working environments and the range of jobs that were on offer after graduating.” Margaret Hazle, Applied Bioscience T: 0800 269 453 E: re c ru i t m e n t @ s a c . a c . u k W: w w w. s a c . a c . u k / l e a r n i n g

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