Poultry Production Systems

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Off Campus


The HNC in Poultry Production Systems is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in poultry production such that you can work in a variety of roles within the poultry industry, such as a poultry farm manager, hatchery manger, or feed mill manager. Primarily, the programme focuses on various aspects of poultry biology and production methods, while including essential IT skills training, information on poultry buildings and environment, and business management.

The programme is made up of nine mandatory units (of various credit points, depending on the length of their delivery. Each unit is assessed using a variety of methods such as quizzes, presentations, and written work, based on realistic scenarios that you might encounter in the workplace.

In the final phase of the course, you will undertake a longer project-based, case study assignment to demonstrate your ability to collate your prior learning into a single, more complex task.

The course is taught by specialists and is entirely online, meaning that you can fit it around your existing work and home life.

Content includes: Poultry Behaviour and Welfare; Poultry Physiology and Health; Poultry Egg and Meat Production Systems; Poultry Nutrition and Feed; Poultry Buildings and Environment; Poultry Embryology and Incubation.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including a science subject plus English and Maths at National 5, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6

Progression Routes

BSc/BSc (Hons) Agriculture

Start Date




Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

2 years



SCQF Level