Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) was formed in 2012 from the merger of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) with Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges. The six campuses are located across a wide geographical area, in Aberdeen, Ayr, Broxburn (Oatridge), Cupar (Elmwood), Dumfries (Barony), and Edinburgh. There are associated farms, horticultural units and other facilities on or near each campus.
Courses and Specialisms
The college runs courses leading to further and higher education qualifications, from Access and National Certificate (NC) right through to degrees and postgraduate. Vocational qualifications are also available, as are work-based learning (such as Modern Apprenticeships) and short skills-based training courses. The Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow validate the degrees.
The wide range of subjects areas include: Agriculture; Animal and Biological Sciences; Animal Care; Business Management; Countryside and Conservation; Engineering; Environmental Management and Renewables; Forestry and Arboriculture; Garden Design; Golf Management and Greenkeeping; Horse Care and Forgework; Horticulture and Plantsmanship; Hospitality; Landscaping; Rural Skills and Access Courses; Sports and Professional Golf; and Veterinary Nursing.
The SRUC is Scotland’s only agricultural and rural studies college.
The college has around 8,000 students at college, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Many students are part time or studying on a work-based learning basis.
According to HESA, 92.2% of students went into employment or further study within six months after graduating in 2014/15.
Facilities and Services
All campuses have excellent learning and teaching facilities as well as social spaces, food and drink options and sports facilities. On-site student accommodation is also available at some campuses.
Each campus has special facilities according to the courses they teach, for example the farm and Scottish National Equestrian Centre at Oatridge, the 18-hole golf course at Elmwood and the wildlife hospital at Barony.
There is support and guidance available for students at all campuses, covering issues such as finances, careers and health care.