Key facts

Course Dates
May to August 2019
Type/Duration
14 weeks
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Credits
20
Cost
£750.00
Fee info
From £750
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
CQFW Level
7
Course Provider
Aberystwyth University
Provider Reference Number
BDM8320
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Aberystwyth University, Online
Cohort
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
Our distance learning modules are designed to be flexible and most of our participants work full time at the same time as studying for 10 to 15 per week, for each 20 credit module. Blocks of modules are delivered with start dates in January, May and September, with most modules offered once each year.
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Course overview

The Farm Business Management course gives participants the skills to analyse, carry out and revise farm business plans. The module will look at all aspects of farm planning from the accounts to the physical aspects that anyone dealing with farms should be aware of. The participants will be taught how to develop a robust and logical plan and be given the task of creating a plan of their own through our unique interactive farm business. 

This course is an optional module in the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production and in the MSc in Food Security in a Changing Environment.

The module is delivered by Aberystwyth University, entirely online through distance learning.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the impacts of policy, economics and markets on farm businesses
  • Analyse a farm business plan
  • Critically assess risk and sensitivity as factors of a farm business management
  • Develop and revise a farm business plan
Additional course information

Topics (units) covered in this module are:

  • Objectives and decision making
  • Integration - policy, economics, markets and the business
  • Business structures
  • Business analysis
  • Risk and Uncertainty
  • Investment
  • Robustness, resilience and sensitivity analysis
  • Dealing with private and personal aspects of a business
  • Drawing up and presenting business plans - methods and practicalities
  • Revising business plans
    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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