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Qualification - Proficiency Award in Self Sufficiency and Aquaponics

Course CodeVSS122
Fee CodePA
Duration (approx)500 hours
QualificationProficiency Award

Aquaponics is a system whereby plants and fish are farmed together in a mutually beneficial system. It is an environmentally friendly and efficient system which fits in well with the self-sufficiency lifestyle.

This distance learning course enables students to study self sufficiency skills and develop their knowledge of aquaponics.

Students are supported throughout by our experienced and highly qualified tutors.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Proficiency Award in Self Sufficiency and Aquaponics.
 Self Sufficiency I ASS100
 Self Sufficiency II ASS101
 Workshop I BGN103
 Workshop II BGN203
 Aquaponic Farming BHT319

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

If you would like to be self-sufficient and learn effective methods of using aquaponics, then this is the course for you.

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) .
Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.

Check out our eBooks

Food PreservingIdeal for students of nutrition, self sufficiency or horticulture, the food preservation ebook is a great introduction to preserving food.
Animal HealthA book for anyone interested in animal health, from pet owners to farmers. Contents cover understanding health issues, disease and injury prevention, inspecting animals, differential diagnosis and common illnesses. Animals can suffer from injury, poisoning, hereditary conditions, nutritional problems and viral, bacterial and fungal infections. 77 pages.
AquaponicsThe Aquaponics ebook will give you a great understanding of how to start your own aquaponics production.