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Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Hydroponics, Aquaponics and Aquaculture

Course CodeVHT061
Fee CodeFD
Duration (approx)1000 hours
QualificationFoundation Diploma

Become an expert in aquaculture, marine aquaculture, hydroponics and aquaponics.

Enrol on this intensive distance learning course and improve your job and career prospects in these areas. This unique course gives you the opportunity to become an expert in these niche areas.

Study ten 100 hour modules and work through the course supported by our highly experienced and friendly tutors.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Hydroponics, Aquaponics and Aquaculture.
 Business Operations VBS006
 Hydroponics Supply and Consultancy VHT119
 Aquaculture -Marine BAG220
 Fish Farming & Aquaculture BAG211
 Hydroponics I BHT224
 Hydroponics II - Hydroponic Management BHT213
 Permaculture Systems BHT201
 Aquaponic Farming BHT319
 Hydroponics III BHT321
 Water Conservation And Management BEN302

Note that each module in the Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Hydroponics, Aquaponics and Aquaculture is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

How the Foundation Diploma is Assessed

The Foundation Diploma requires approximately 1000 hours of study. It is made up of ten 100 hour modules.


To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the ten 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass ten examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.


  • Become an expert in aquaculture, marine aquaculture, hydroponics and aquaponics. 
  • Become an expert in controlled environment farming.
  • Run your own business or consultancy.
  • Improve your job and career prospects.
  • Why delay? Enrol today.

Meet some of our academics

John Mason Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
Dr. Lynette MorganBroad expertise in horticulture and crop production. She travels widely as a partner in Suntec Horticultural Consultants, and has clients in central America, the USA, Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

Check out our eBooks

Business OperationsExplore how to improve the management and profitability of an existing business. Businesses do not run themselves - goals need to be set and decisions need to be made in order to achieve business goals. This book talks you through all of the different aspects involved in running a business from finance and forecasting to staffing changes and legal issues. Six chapters cover the daily challenges of running a business, people, the law, finance, product management, and risk management. 73 pages
Commercial HydroponicsLearn to grow vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, herbs and other plants hydroponically. A classic, republished with new images, a new layout and revised text. Contains unique advice on growing 102 different plants hydroponically! 74 pages
What to Plant WhereA great guide for choosing the right plant for a particular position in the garden. Thirteen chapters cover: plant selection, establishment, problems, and plants for wet areas. Shade, hedges and screens, dry gardens, coastal areas, small gardens, trees and shrubs, lawns and garden art.
Water Gardening This book is designed to inspire and educate presenting you with a wide range of possibilities and at the same time, raising your awareness and understanding of how water can be used in any size garden to add interest, coolness and life.