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PROFICIENCY AWARD IN AGRONOMY VAG051

Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Study agronomy by distance learning - understand the underlying principles of crop production and undertake a project.

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.

  • Learn the principles and practices that underpin commercial broad acre crop production (agronomy).
  • Develop an ability to interpret and apply information practically, on a farm.
  • Complement your farming studies or experience and seek employment in this highly sought after field.

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Learn about Crop Production with this specialist course.

Study agronomy in this useful qualification. Study three 100 hour modules by distance learning - Agronomy I, II and III. Then complete a 200 hour project.

  • Learn about different crop types.
  • Understand soil types - salinity, sodicity, alkalinity - and how to improve them.
  • Learn about protecting crops from weeds, pests, and disease.
  • Understand farming and harvesting of different types of crop.
  • Structured learning develops your knowledge and skills which you then apply with a workplace project.
  • Start the course at any time to suit you, study by distance learning.
  • Work through the course supported by our expert tutors.

The course is suitable for -

  • People working in agriculture or horticulture wanting to improve their knowledge of agronomy.
  • Continuing professional development for those working in crop production.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course consists of 500 hours of study made up of -

Agronomy I 

Agronomy II

Agronomy III

A 200 hour workplace project

HOW THE PROFICIENCY AWARD IS ASSESSED

The Proficiency Award requires 500 hours of study. It is made up of three 100-hour modules and a workplace project.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the three 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 three 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.
  3. Complete a Workplace Project. The project should last around 200 hours. There are four options available to you to satisfy this requirement. Don’t worry if you are not sure at this stage, your tutor will be there to help you every step of the way. This includes evidence of work experience or other studies or workshops, a research project or completion of Workshop I.

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Meet some of our academics

Bob James B.Sc.,M.Env.Mgt.Horticulturalist, Agriculturalist, Environmental consultant, Businessman and Professional Writer. Over 40 years in industry, Bob has held a wide variety of senior positions in both government and private enterprise. Bob has a Dip. Animal Husb, B.App.Sc., Grad.Dip.Mgt, PDC, M.Enviro.Mgt.
John Mason (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Nurseryman, Landscaper, Garden Writer, Parks Manager and Consultant. Over 45 years experience; working in Australia and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 100 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.
Timothy WalkerB.A.(Botany), RHS.M. Hort., Post.Grad.Dip.Ed. Former Director, Oxford Botanic Gardens.
Yvonne Sharpe (Horticulturist)Started gardening in 1966, studied a series of horticulture qualifications throughout the 1980's and 90's, culminating in an RHS Master of Horticulture. Between 89 and 1994, she worked teaching in horticultural therapy. Founded the West Herts Garden Association in 1990 and exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show in 1991. In 1994, Yvonne joined the staff at Oaklands College, and between 1996 and 2000 was coordinator for all Amenity Horticulture courses at that college. Since leaving Oakland she has been active as a horticultural consultant, retail garden centre proprietor and sessional lecturer (across many colleges in southern England). In 2000, she also completed a Diploma in Management.


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