Warwickshire College Group launch crop tech degree course supported by Angus Soft Fruits

WCG has launched its new BSc Hons Agri-Tech degree course "which will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the contemporary horticultural industries".

The course will be delivered under the Warwickshire College and University Centre (WCUC) banner from Pershore College’s Agri-Tech Research Centre, which combines state-of-the-art equipment, laboratory, teaching facilities and a STEM Centre, with the first cohort of students set to begin in September. 

Students will learn about using technology to grow a range of crops, including the use of digital, mechanical and biometrical technological innovations, to develop the skills to "become a leader of change in the sustainable food production environment".

John-Paul Bromley, Agri-Tech subject leader at WCG, said: “As the industry evolves it is important that those entering the field have a knowledge of advanced machinery, monitoring technologies and genetics to reflect the automation of tasks now taking place. 

“Rather than focusing on traditional methods of growing, our BSc course will enable students to be part of this revolution which utilises innovative, hi-tech methods, putting them at the forefront of the industry.

“It’s a growing market which is only going to expand further. We are seeing a number of big growers move into the area who will need staff with expertise in contemporary horticulture, and our students will be in the best possible position to step into these roles.

“It is a very exciting time for the industry and we are extremely pleased to be launching our BSc in response to the developments within the sector.”

The introduction of the course is supported by Angus Soft Fruits.

David Griffiths, research director at Angus Soft Fruits, said: “The global agricultural sector is going through an enormous amount of change as we look at new methods of sustainable food production to achieve net zero targets.

“It is important that students have an in-depth knowledge of this, so WCG’s new BSc course will have an extremely positive impact on providing skilled workers to the industry.”

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