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Proficiency Award in Self Sufficiency with Specialism In Goat Husbandry

Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Learn to keep Goats

  • What breed of goat to keep
  • Feeding, health care
  • Managing behaviour

Do you love the idea of keeping goats? This course enables you to learn more about self sufficiency and all that entails, along with goat care and husbandry. Has the good life always appealed to you?

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Learn to keep Goats

  • What breed of goat to keep
  • Feeding, health care
  • Managing behaviour

This course enables you to just that. Learn more about self-sufficiency and all that it entails and specialise in goat care and husbandry. Complete three 100 hour modules in Self Sufficiency I and II and Goat Husbandry. Then complete a research project in a relevant topic that is of interest to you. 

You can start the course at any time.

It 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.

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.


Self Sufficiency I

A ten lesson course looking at the possibilities in self-sufficiency, health, nutrition, clothing, fruits and vegetable growing, growing herbs, poultry and bees, keeping grazing animals and pigs, earth and mud building, alternative energy, craft and country skills and making decisions in self sufficiency.


Self Sufficiency II

Self sufficiency II has ten lessons looking at diet and nutrition, how to be a vegetarian, living a well balanced life, establishing a kitchen garden, biodynamic growing, no dig growing, vegetables, fruit, establishing an orchard, cutting propagation, bottling, jam and jelly making, freezing and drying, harvesting and preserving, producing milk and eggs, poultry, herb growing, storage and harvest, egg and cheese cookery, grain types, using grains,

Goat Husbandry

The Goat Husbandry course has nine lessons focusing on goat production, myths about goats, goat breeds, breeding, pet goats, feed and nutrition, health management, feeding for milk and meat production, housing, fencing and grooming, grazing, kids and kidding, dairy production, meat and fibre production, goat farm management, marketing and advertising.

Workplace Project

To complete this qualification, you are also required to complete a workplace project lasting 200 hours.   There are 4 options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  The options will be different dependent upon whether or not you currently work within the industry. The project can be work experience, voluntary experience, a project you carry out, other training you have already undertaken and there are other options. Don’t worry if you are not sure how to proceed at this stage, as your tutor will be there to discuss how to proceed and help you every step of the way.

If living in a self-sufficient and alternative way appeals to you, then this course could be the one for you. Our tutors are more than happy to help with any advice about the course.

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