Degree-level courses to get you to the top at Shuttleworth College

We offer a growing number of higher education courses at Shuttleworth College, which means you can study with us to achieve a degree-level qualification. Graduates have significant advantages over non-graduates. They have a wider choice of jobs and have the opportunity to earn higher wages. 

Our Foundation Degrees and HNDs are equivalent to the first two years of university. On successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Agriculture or Animal Management, you will be guaranteed progression on to the final year of a full Bachelor’s degree with the University of Bedfordshire.

Apprenticeships at Shuttleworth College

Courses we offer…

Agriculture Foundation Degree (FdSc) with Agricultural Science BSc (Hons) Top-up Degree
(Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire)

This degree-level course will provide you with the high-quality advanced skills and knowledge you will need to be successful in the agriculture and land-based industry or progress into higher level research. The course covers sustainable crop science and production, agri-science and technology, livestock science and production, sustainable land management, business management and investigative research.

On completion of this course you can progress on to the final year of a full Agricultural Science Degree – BSc (Hons) – with the University of Bedfordshire.

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sheep higher education barn

Agriculture Higher Apprenticeship Level 4

This higher apprenticeship is ideal if you are currently working in livestock or crop production in a supervisory role and are looking to progress into management or even start your own business. It focuses on business and enterprise management in the industry, from day to day work on the farm to making management level decisions.

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Animal Management Foundation Degree (FdSc)
(Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire)

This degree-level course will provide you with high-quality, broad-based training in animal related biological sciences. You’ll study a mixture of practical, scientific, technical and business principles to prepare you for a career in animal management and give you a thorough understanding of the field. We also have an award-winning animal unit where you can put the theory into practice with access to over 200 different species of animals. On completion of this course you can progress on to the final year of a full degree – Animal Science BSc (Top-Up).

Animal Sciences at Shuttleworth College

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Animal Science BSc (Top-Up)
(Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire)

This is a one-year full-time route to an Animal Science honours degree. The course is delivered by using various learning methods including formal lectures, practical laboratory sessions and IT laboratory sessions combined with a number of opportunities for supported independent-study. The course can lead to careers in animal care, conservation and scientific research into animal health and nutrition.

Animal Science degrees at Shuttleworth College

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Sport (Outdoor Adventure) HNC/HND
This programme is delivered by the Outdoor Adventure team at Shuttleworth College and will have an adventurous theme throughout the two years. It is aimed at anyone with an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure, sport, exercise and health, coaching, teaching, management, sports marketing or development. All modules integrate theory and practice using the experience gained from involvement in outdoor adventure and sport. A key factor to the course will be the link to employability; each year of the course will involve work placements with employers in the Outdoor Adventure or Sports industry. On completion of this course you can either go into employment or top up to a full degree.

Outdoor Adventure HNC/HND at Shuttleworth College

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Benefits of degree-level study

Strong links with employers
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) commended our strong links with employers. We work with lots of organisations and employers across the region and nationally to ensure you are more employable. These include: National Farmers Union, CASEiH, Red Poll Cattle Society, AHDB, Icknield Veterinary Group, Young Farmers, RSPB, Woodland Trust, PGL, Rockley Watersports, Acorn Adventure, Fairlands Valley Watersports Centre, Grafham Water Centre, ZSL Whipsnade, Woburn Safari Park and Paradise Wildlife.

Agriculture degrees at Shuttleworth College

Highly effective and personalised tutor support
At Shuttleworth we pride ourselves on our level of support and individual development of our students. With smaller class sizes when compared to university and more face-to-face contact time with tutors you have the greater opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a caring environment.

Flexible study options
We have a variety of flexible study options from as little as six hours per week to fit around your work and other life commitments.

Industry experts
The majority of our tutors are industry professionals, with the first-hand knowledge, experience and contacts to ensure the content we deliver is rooted in today's best practice and science. Our tutors will help you develop contacts in the industry and provide you with fantastic opportunities.

Why choose us?

Stay local and save money
Save thousands of pounds by studying locally and living at home. A College-run bus service covers the local area and is available for higher education students for a fee.

All the good bits of university 
We have Halls of Residence on site if travelling to Shuttleworth is difficult for you and you wish to stay on site. You will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the end of your course and we also hold a Summer Ball at the end of each academic year. You will have access to all the facilities and student groups at the University of Bedfordshire’s Luton and Bedford campuses throughout your course.  

Access to facilities
You’ll benefit from our working arable and livestock farm, award-winning animal unit with over 400 species, equine centre and 500 acres of land including woodland and lakes. Our Outdoor Adventure students can access sailing in a wide variety of craft at Grafham Water and climbing in one of the country’s premier climbing centres at Big Rock.

Facilities at Shuttleworth College

Dedicated Higher Education Centre
This is where you can relax and study with access to computers, lockers, comfy chairs and a kitchen area with tea/coffee making facilities.

HE Study Centre

Courses designed for industry
The mixture of applied science, practical management and business content on our degree-level courses gives you a broad base from which to find appropriate careers.

Careers advice
Like any university environment, we will provide you with professional careers advice and the latest job opportunities. Our tutors have many contacts in the industry and through trips, competitions and events you will have the chance to explore the many options available.

What do our students say…

Holly’s story
Studying: Animal Management Foundation Degree (FdSc)


I progressed directly from the Level 3 course at Shuttleworth College to the Animal Management Foundation degree.  Originally I hadn’t intended to go on to higher education, but I enjoyed the Level 3 course so much and in particular loved working with the animals in the College’s Animal Unit, which is such a unique facility.  I really bonded with the animals, so it made it very difficult to leave!

As I expected, the higher education course was quite intense but I was also given some fantastic opportunities. For example, as part of the ecology unit in my first year, I had the chance to go to Hungary for ten days to meet with fish farm experts and representatives from across the EU.  Also, as part of the degree, I spent some time volunteering at Wrigglies Exotic Pets in Biggleswade which led to me being offered a part-time job as an Exotic Livestock Technician.  So now I get paid to work with cobras, rattlesnakes and large alligators!

My plan is to top-up my degree at Oxford Brookes University by completing their BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare course and then I may even go on to do a Masters. I see my future in the animal management industry and that’s partly because of the great experience I’ve had at Shuttleworth College.

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Ed's story
Studying: Agriculture Foundation Degree (FdSc)

EdEd grew up in the countryside where he often spent time helping with various jobs from field maintenance to horses. “Farming is a way of life for many,” said Ed. “And through education we can make basic changes to aid improvements.”

On completing the Advanced Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture here at Shuttleworth, Ed did his research and realised that, to pursue a high level job in the industry, he would need to be educated to degree level, as well as have plenty of work experience behind him. 

He enrolled on to the Foundation Degree in its inaugural year. “There is a lot more science involved in the degree-level course, both theory and practical,” explained Ed. “For instance, when we work on the farm we carry out blood tests on the livestock and the theory really pieces together everything we learn in the practical sessions.”

As part of the Foundation Degree the students have the opportunity to shadow and support the Farm Manager and members of the Agriculture team. Working as a Farm Manager Assistant Ed has experienced all aspects from crop and livestock sales, to which crops to plant and farm record keeping. “I’ve also had the opportunity to complete additional qualifications during my time here including a JCB forklift course and a pesticide spray course.”

“The facilities are very good at Shuttleworth. As a higher education student we now have access to the HE centre, which is a private space for degree-level students to work, meet and relax.” 

After completing the Foundation Degree Ed is aiming to top up his qualification to a full degree and then move into a managerial role with an agricultural company, researcher, or possibly work as an agronomist in developing countries, helping them to improve food security and sustainable land use.

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