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Qualification - Certificate in Self Sufficiency and Fruit Growing

Course CodeVSS120
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours
Self sufficiency is an increasingly popular idea in the modern world. Study self sufficiency by distance learning and specialise in fruit growing. The course is studied by distance learning and there are six 100 hour modules.  Start at any time to suit you and work with experts in self sufficiency and berry production. 


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Self Sufficiency and Fruit Growing.
 Crops I (Outdoor Plant Production) BHT112
 Home Fruit Growing AHT104
 Self Sufficiency I ASS100
 Self Sufficiency II ASS101
 Fruit Production (Temperate Climate) BHT218
 Berry Production BHT309

Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Self Sufficiency and Fruit Growing is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

This practical and useful qualification will increase your knowledge of self sufficiency and fruit growing. If you would like to learn more, why not enrol? Or if you have any questions at all, our tutors are happy to help.

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Meet some of our academics

Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), Dip. Horticulture, BTEC Dip. Garden Design, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector), P.D.C. In addition to the qualifications listed above, Diana holds City & Guild construction qualifications and an NPTC pesticide spraying licence (PA1/PA6). Diana runs her own landscape gardening business (Arbella Gardens). Active in many organisations including the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Yvonne SharpeRHS Cert.Hort, Dip.Hort, M.Hort, Cert.Ed., Dip.Mgt. Over 30 years experience in business, education, management and horticulture. Former department head at a UK government vocational college. Yvonne has traveled widely within and beyond Europe, and has worked in many areas of horticulture from garden centres to horticultural therapy. She has served on industry committees and been actively involved with amateur garden clubs for decades.
Timothy WalkerB.A.(Botany), RHS.M. Hort., P.G.Dip.Ed.

Check out our eBooks

Organic GardeningCreate a healthy, well-balanced garden. Attract abundant beneficial insects to pollinate your plants. Have healthy, fertile, organic soils teeming with life. Use this book as a guide to establish lush gardens laden with fruit, vegetables, herbs and ornamentals - without the use of chemicals. The ebook covers: soils and nutrition, pest and disease, natural weed control, conservation and recycling. 179 pages, 170 colour photos
WeedsA good cross section of of common weeds are illustrated and reviewed. These are plants that occur in many parts of the world, and some are not always weeds.
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.
PruningPruning is a job that many inexperienced gardeners find challenging – am I pruning at the right time? Am I taking off the right amount? Am I removing the right material? How can I be sure I still get flowers or fruit next season? This eBook will help you to answer all these questions it will develop your confidence and help you to understand why you prune, when you should prune, how you should prune and how much you can safely remove. And also have great looking plants that live longer!