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    I am looking into studying agriculture and am really interested to hear any thoughts and experiences that people would be willing to share.

    Bicton College is quite close to where I live. I'm also really interested in the RAU but have heard some mixed reports about it and obviously Harper Adams is the main name that you hear in the farming world.

    I've been working in my local country store since finishing my A-levels and my dad is a farmer. I've always been very involved on the farm but have also started been looking into getting some outside work experience. Does any one have any tips on how to get work experience if you don't have any previous qualifications?

    I'd love to hear from people that have been in a similar position, to know where they decided to go and where you believe the best place to study agriculture is.
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    (Original post by Mary Towill)
    I am looking into studying agriculture and am really interested to hear any thoughts and experiences that people would be willing to share.

    Bicton College is quite close to where I live. I'm also really interested in the RAU but have heard some mixed reports about it and obviously Harper Adams is the main name that you hear.

    I've been working in my local country store since finishing my A-levels and my dad is a farmer. I've always been very involved on the farm but have also started been looking into getting some outside work experience. Does any one have any tips on how to get work experience if you don't have any previous qualifications?

    I'd love to hear from people that have been in a similar position, to know where they decided to go and where you believe the best place to study agriculture is.
    Hi Mary,

    Great to see you considering studying agriculture. Our guide to the work experience required for admission to agric courses might be useful:

    http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/underg...experience.cfm

    We have an open day coming up on November 15th if you fancy having a look around and hearing from current students first-hand.

    http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/events/open-days/

    If there is anything I can assist with, please feel free to ask.

    Good luck, Jac @Harper Adams
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    (Original post by Mary Towill)
    I am looking into studying agriculture and am really interested to hear any thoughts and experiences that people would be willing to share.

    Bicton College is quite close to where I live. I'm also really interested in the RAU but have heard some mixed reports about it and obviously Harper Adams is the main name that you hear in the farming world.

    I've been working in my local country store since finishing my A-levels and my dad is a farmer. I've always been very involved on the farm but have also started been looking into getting some outside work experience. Does any one have any tips on how to get work experience if you don't have any previous qualifications?

    I'd love to hear from people that have been in a similar position, to know where they decided to go and where you believe the best place to study agriculture is.
    Hi,
    for Agriculture obviously you've got the big names like Aber, Nottingham, Newcastle, Haper, Reading etc which are probably the only ones I'd move for given that the local regional colleges are very similar to one another. When I went down to RAU I was surprised by the fact that you gain limited hands on experience on the farm and its all pretty small scale, the accommodation was expensive and not up to much either. I went to Bishop Burton for my Agriculture diploma and going to do my Degree in Horticulture at Askham Bryan, both are respectable and of a good standard but not especially out of the ordinary but I chose them mainly because I can live from home. I'm not from a farming background but I did alright and learnt a hell of a lot especially on the arable side of thing which is my main interest
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    For work experience it is mainly just a case of getting your face known, making some flyers, going out to local farms etc. Young farmers can be useful as well.
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    I studied agriculture at extended diploma level and am now going on to Uni. I had previously tried A levels but it just wasn't my thing. I don't come from a farming background as such (all uncles have farms but in Ireland, not over here) but I love it alot and the range of career opportunities, especially if you go on for a degree is far better than most people think. I am very excited to be going to Uni, despite not being a "farmer" at all.

    Definitely visit the Unis, they are quite different and it depends on your end goal really. Some have their reputations, but I have never heard anything negative about any as such. I have chosen Reading because it's a broader campus and I want to mix up a little with students from Politics, or International relations etc. as well as being culturally diverse. Harper was my insurance, great reputation, very well known in the industry and everyone else who went on to Uni from my course chose Harper.

    Aberystwyth, Newcastle, RAU again all have good reps but I haven't visited them.

    I don't regret studying agriculture for a minute, despite it not even crossing my mind until I happened to come across a course whilst researching something else (!!)

    You will start to discover the community is quite small, i.e if you get a reputation for messing around in your classes or manhandling a sheep/tractor/lecturer, then it WILL stick and people do talk But if you work hard and honestly, then again you will start to find doors will open. Young Farmers seems the place to be (i'm too old ) and just generally network.
 
 
 
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