Study this Farm Management course and become a highly qualified and knowledgeable expert in Farm Management.
- Learn about the technology, management and science that are vital to sustainable and profitable farming in a modern world.
- Be prepared to compete in today's ever-changing and challenging environment.
This course is suitable for -
- People already working in farming who want to improve their knowledge, job and career prospects.
- People who want to work in farm
management and want a foundatio of knowledge, backed by a useful
qualification to get them started.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Course Duration: 1,500 hours.
Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.
Content: Study 15 Core Modules.
The Modules for the Associate Diploma In Farm Management cover:
Farm Management, Soil Management, Plant Ecology, Sustainable
Agriculture, Weed Control, Agronomy, Animal Health Care, Agricultural
Marketing, Irrigation, Pasture Management, Organic Farming, Machinery
& Equipment, Bookkeeping Foundations, Business Planning, and an
Industry Project or Workshop I.
The modules for the Associate Diploma In Farm Management are summarised
below. Follow the title link for further information on each.
Farm Management BAG104
Improve your capacity to more effectively manage a farm or agricultural
enterprise which services farms. Learn about effectively using
resources through planning and assessment with this 8 lesson module.
Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103
Learn about soil properties and requirements in agriculture, and how to
apply that knowledge at a management level in an equine business. This 8
lesson module looks at different ways to maintaining soil health, how
to ensure that soil is optimised for the production of relevant crops
and how to deal with issues such as land degradation and acidity.
Although soil cultivation was in the past considered essential practice,
there are other ways to managing soil which are discussed in this
Plant Ecology BSC302
This 8 lesson module looks at plant communities, plants and their
environment, soils and climate, plant adaptations to extreme
environments, conservation, environmental funding and assessment. Upon
completion of the module, students will understand the nature and
principles of plant ecology and be able to apply that understanding to
the cultivation of plants.
Sustainable Agriculture BAG215
This module presents many different techniques and general measures
which may be adopted in part or full to move a farm toward greater
sustainability. The 8 lesson module looks at ways to encourage the
adoption of techniques that help to preserve, maintain and work with
natural resources in order to maintain the balance of ecosystems. The
module covers a number of different areas of sustainability, from
looking at different ways of farming (natural, organic), detailing
specific areas of consideration such as soils and water, to wider
aspects such as the financial and social elements.
Weed Control BHT209
In this 8 lesson module, students will learn to identify and how to
effectively control weeds. The module looks at both chemical and
non-chemical weed control methods (e.g. mulching, burning, slashing),
plus the use of spray equipment and operating safety procedures which
should be followed when using chemicals and equipment. Not all weeds
will respond to the same method of control, and different approaches
will suit different environments and applications better than others.
As part of the module, students will devise appropriate methods for the
control of weeds and upon completion of the module, will therefore be
able to determine the appropriate methods to adopt for different
situations and with different weeds.
Agronomy can be broadly defined as the practice and study of field crops
for use as human food, animal feed, fibre, oilseed production and some
industrial products. In this 8 lesson module, students will learn the
principles and practices that underpin commercial broad acre crop
production. They will develop an understanding of how to store and
manage seeds, and be conversant with the various factors affecting crop
growth. Different crop types are covered within the module, from their
cultivation through to harvesting. The module is completed with a
special project which will allow the student to apply their learning and
demonstrate their understanding of the processes of crop management
from planting through to post-harvest.
Animal Health Care VAG100
Learn to identify and describe common signs of ill health and diseases
in animals, and the appropriate types of treatment for these. This 12
lesson module looks at the broader aspects of animal welfare and control
as well as codes of practices and the services provided by
veterinarians. The module includes preventative health care, as well as
considering routine health treatments (such as de-sexing and
castration). It is concluded with a lesson on animal rehabilitation and
Agricultural Marketing BAG304
The manager of a rural business faces continually changing conditions
rarely experienced in other industries. They have to continually
consider, evaluate, assess the numerous changes and types of information
that may affect the success of the business. Although crucial to the
success of the business, the manager also needs to understand the unique
markets within which they operate, and how to capitalise on market
forces to maximise their profit. This 8 lesson module looks at
establishing marketing objectives and strategies for a farming business,
whilst showing students how to identify markets and understand the
components of the marketing mix. The module includes lessons on
customer care, market research, promotions, and managing marketing.
Irrigation (Agricultural) BAG213
This is a 10 lesson module. Students will learn about the objectives of
irrigation and potential problems associate with it. The module looks
at soil types, suitability and properties, and how soil may be
improved. As well as irrigation, the module covers drainage, including
how drainage may be improved. Students will look at the design,
operation and management of irrigation systems in agricultural
Pasture Management BAG212
This is an intensive 8 lesson module which looks at the variety of
different pasture types – the structure, growth, and development of
grasses, the identification of different grass types, how to establish
new pastures, the importance of legumes in pastures, selection of
pasture types, seed mix, management of existing pastures, native
grasslands, weed control, limiting factors, managing stock on pasture,
management works. Students will learn to determine the criteria for the
selection of different plant varieties, and evaluate the potential of
sites for pasture development.
Organic Farming BAG305
Organic Farming looks at a sustainable approach to animal or crop
production, adopting processes free from artificial chemicals, and
seeking to preserve a natural and healthy environment. A very
significant part of organic farming is to create fertile, well-
structured soils that support both plant and soil animal life. Organic
matter is recycled through the system to provide nutrients for plants
and to improve and maintain the condition of the soil. Through 10
lessons, students will gain knowledge of the principles and process
involved, understanding key areas such as integrated farm management
systems, how to convert to organic farming, and the requirements that
need to be fulfilled in order to attain organic certification for
Engineering (I) Machinery And Equipment BSC105
This is an 8 lesson introductory level course which is concerned with
developing the student’s ability to manage the selection, maintenance,
and engineering of tools and machinery. The course is written with
particular reference to the tools used in agriculture and horticulture.
Understanding more about equipment used will enable the student to
correctly choose and safely operate tools and machinery in a given
Bookkeeping Foundations BBS103
This 13 lesson module provides a broad foundation in the uses of
financial information, accounting standards and conventions, and the
basic functions of bookkeeping for a business. Students will appreciate
the role of accurate financial records, not only for legal purposes but
also enable monitoring and control of the financial position and health
of business. Financial record keeping can seem like a different
language if you do not know how to interpret it, and this module covers
all of the key areas including balance sheets, profit and loss accounts,
double entry and ledger postings, and budget control.
Business Planning BBS302
The 11 lesson module examines core factors in the development of
business planning. There are many elements to running a business and
foresight and appropriate consideration of these are required if a
business has any chance of success. This module will teach students the
areas to be considered and how they should be approached – from
developing objectives and strategies, to assessing risk and having
contingencies in place to cope with situations that may arise. Students
will understand how growth is dealt with – in order to achieve growth
and be able to support this, a business needs to have resources and
systems in place. Planned growth, as opposed to runaway growth, is
therefore critical the long term stability and sustainability of the
Industry Project BIP000
An Industry Project is a requirement in some certificates, diplomas and
other qualifications. The Industry Project is designed to foster
networking, practical skills and industry awareness. There are various
ways that the requirement can be satisfied and it can be completed from
wherever you live in the world. The approach will differ dependent upon
whether or not you have relevant experience within the industry
relating to your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to assist and
guide you with the options open to you, including completion of Workshop
modules which through a Problem Based Learning approach will enable you
to develop your capacity to identify, select and apply knowledge and
skills to perform workplace tasks in an industry
Workshop I BGN103
Develop your capacity to identify, select and apply knowledge and skills
to appropriate perform workplace tasks in the equine industry through a
problem-based learning project. The 3 lesson module identifies 3 areas
of study, covering workplace tools and equipment, workplace skills, and
workplace safety. The approach of problem-based learning (PBL) enables
students to consider and resolve hypothetical problems which mimic
those that may occur in real world situations. This helps to equip
students with the skills and confidence to approach and resolve problems
that they may encounter through their work. It provides added benefits
in areas such as planning and assessment by equipping students with the
ability to effectively plan, view, and outline their intended outcomes
in areas of work and projects that they may be engaged in.
HOW THE COURSE WORKS
The Associate Diploma In Farm Management is studied by distance
learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this
doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies. Our highly qualified
and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way. If you
have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.
Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment
which the student submits to their course tutor. The tutor will mark
the assignment and return this to the student with comments and
suggestions for further reading.
HOW THE ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA IS ASSESSED
The Associate Diploma In Farm Management requires approximately 1,500
hours of study. It is made up of fifteen 100 hour modules, including a
research project or 100 hours of industry experience/work experience.
To pass the course –
- Pass all assignments on the 100 hour
modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to
submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
- Pass 14 examinations – one on each
module (exluding the project module). These are usually taken at the end
of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.
- Complete an Industry Project or
Workplace Project. The project should last around 100 hours. There are
different options available to you to satisfy this requirement, and
your tutor will be on hand to assist and provide guidance with you on
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FARMING HAS CHANGED:
FARMING TODAY NEEDS TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY AND ECONOMICALLY SUSTAINABLE
The world today is very different to the past. We can no longer ignore the need for sustainable land management practices. Every farm needs to adopt strategies for sustainabilty, and in doing so, consider:
How Farming Impacts Natural Resources
When the production of food and fibre degrades the natural resource base, the ability of future generations to produce and flourish decreases.
Water is the principal resource that has helped agriculture and society to prosper, and it has been a major limiting factor when mismanaged. The most important issues related to water quality involve soil salinity and contamination of ground and surface waters by pesticides and nitrates.
Agriculture also affects water resources through the destruction of riparian habitats within watersheds. The conversion of wild habitat to agricultural land reduces fish and wildlife through erosion and sedimentation, the effects of pesticides, removal of riparian plants, and the diversion of water. The plant diversity in and around both riparian and agricultural areas should be maintained in order to support a diversity of wildlife. This diversity will enhance natural ecosystems and could aid in agricultural pest management.
Plant and Animal Production Practices
Sustainable production practices involve a variety of approaches. Specific strategies must take into account topography, soil characteristics, climate, pests, local availability of inputs and the individual grower's goals.
Despite the site-specific and individual nature of sustainable agriculture, several general principles can be applied to help growers select appropriate management practices:
- Selection of species and varieties that are well suited to the site and to conditions on the farm.
- Diversification of crops, livestock and cultural practices to enhance the biological and economic stability of the farm.
- Management of the soil and water to enhance and protect quality.
- Efficient and humane use of inputs: For example, modern agriculture is heavily dependent on non-renewable energy sources, especially petroleum.
- In sustainable agricultural systems, there is reduced reliance on non-renewable energy sources and a substitution of renewable sources or labour to the extent that is economically feasible.
- Consideration of farmers' goals and lifestyle choices.
Economic, Social and Political Contexts
Sustainable agriculture requires a commitment to changing public policies, economic institutions, and social values. Strategies for change must take into account the complex, reciprocal and ever-changing relationship between agricultural production and the broader society.
The "food system" extends far beyond the farm and involves the interaction of individuals and institutions with contrasting and often competing goals including farmers, researchers, input suppliers, farm workers, unions, farm advisors, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Relationships among these actors shift over time as new technologies spawn economic, social and political changes.
A wide diversity of strategies and approaches are necessary to create a more sustainable food system. These will range from specific and concentrated efforts to alter specific policies or practices, to the longer-term tasks of reforming key institutions, rethinking economic priorities, and challenging widely-held social values.
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