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Qualification - Self Designed Certificate in Agriculture

Course CodeTBA
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours

Certificate level course in agriculture - study the topics that suit YOUR requirements.  Choose six agricultural modules with the help of our tutors to meet your training needs.

Start the course at any time and work at your own pace.
If you cannot quite find the course you are looking for, then why not consider designing your own certificate.

A self designed certificate must contain SIX 100 hour modules.

You can choose any six modules from the 100 hour courses available, as long as the combination makes sense and is approved by one of the school's academic staff.

To enrol in a self designed certificate, you must first determine at the subjects you will take.

This is usually done by contacting the school and discussing this with an academic staff member (by email, letter or phone).

Choose any combination of agriculture modules.

You may even include one or two modules from outside of this topic list provided that they are relevant to the broad area of study, or can be readily justified as relevant to your particular situation.

Once your subjects have been determined and approved, you will be issued with a unique Course Code. Supply this code, the course title and the name of the tutor (or staff member) who approved the course when you enrol.

You may enrol via any of the following methods:

  • Use the shopping trolley on this page to enrol
  • Phone the school
  • Submit an enrolment form by post or fax
  • Use the Custom Payment section
BUT PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST DISCUSS YOUR COURSE CHOICES WITH A TUTOR BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR ENROLMENT. This is important as it ensures you are making the right choices to suit your requirements.


Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 6 of the following 25 modules.
 Anger Management BPS111
 Animal Biology (Animal Husbandry I) BAG101
 Animal Grooming BAG106
 Animal Health Care VAG100
 Farm Management BAG104
 Horse Management I BAG102
 Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103
 Animal Behaviour BAG203
 Animal Health (Animal Husbandry II) BAG201
 Beef Cattle Management BAG206
 Calf Rearing BAG207
 Dairy Cattle Management BAG205
 Equine Behaviour BAG216
 Goat Husbandry BAG223
 Horse Management II BAG204
 Horticultural Management BHT203
 Irrigation (Agricultural) BAG213
 Natural Animal Health Care BAG218
 Pasture Management BAG212
 Pig Husbandry BAG209
 Sheep Husbandry BAG210
 Weed Control BHT209
 Aquaponic Farming BHT319
 Irrigation Management (Horticulture) BHT305
 Organic Agriculture and Farming BAG305

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

Take a Holistic Approach to Farming
This concept encourages a "holistic" and long term approach to farm planning. It requires giving due consideration to ALL of the farm assets (physical and non physical); over a LONG period of time (perhaps several generations); with respect to ALL of the aims which the farmer may aspire to (eg. profit, lifestyle, family wellbeing, sustainability of production, etc).

In any whole farm planning strategy the farmer must first assess the site in terms of potential use/suitability. The farm is then subdivided, usually by fences, to emphasise useful or problem areas (eg. erosion, salinity). Water and access routes are highlighted. Cropping or livestock rates are planned to be increased if feasible. Shelter is planned and planted out, or built. Pest animals and plants are located, identified and controlled by chemical or natural alternatives. 

Conservation is a very important aspect of whole farm planning as native birds and animals are mostly beneficial on the farm, as they control a range of pest animals and insects.
Costs inevitably will be a deciding factor. The farmer needs to determine what costs may be involved and what the benefits of whole farm planning are to the future of the farm.  In the majority of cases long term gains far out way the time and resources used in establishing such a plan. Information on whole farm planning is readily available from agencies such as state government departments of agriculture, primary industries, conservation or land management, and other bodies.
If you have any questions at all or would like to discuss your module choices with an agriculture tutor, then please click here to contact us.
Why delay? Enrol today on this great flexible course that specifically fits in with YOUR requirements!

Meet some of our academics

Alison PearceUniversity Lecturer, Quality Assurance Manager, Writer and Research Technician. Alison originally graduated with an honors degree in science from university and beyond that has completed post graduate qualifications in education and eco-tourism. She has managed veterinary operating theatre, responsible for animal anesthesia, instrument preparation, and assistance with surgical techniques and procedures.
Dr. Gareth PearceVeterinary scientist and surgeon with expertise in agriculture and environmental science, with over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation. Gareth has a B.Sc.(Hons), B.V.Sc., M.A., M.Vet.S,. PhD, Grad. Cert. Ed.(HE), Post-Grad.Cert. Aq.Vet.Sc., Post-Grad. Cert. WLBio&Cons., Dipl. ECPHM, MRCVS.
Cheryl McLardySports Horse Stud Groom, Stable Manager, Yard Manager, Equine industrial Training Manager, FE Distance Learning Manager. Cheryl has spent two decades working in agriculture and equine industries, across England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Cheryl has a B.Sc.(Hons), HND Horse Mgt, C&G Teaching Cert.

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