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Proficiency Award in Self-Sufficiency with Specialism in Pig Husbandry VSS117

Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Learn Pig Farming

Learn more about self-sufficiency and pig husbandry with this specialised course.

Study three 100-hour modules - Self-Sufficiency I and II and Pig Husbandry. Then complete a research project or industry project focusing on the topics covered within the course. Work through the course supported by our excellent tutors.

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Learn Pig Farming

Living the good life and becoming self-sufficient appeals to many people.

If you also have a love or interest in keeping pigs, this could be the course for you. Study by distance learning, supported by our excellent tutors.

Learn more about self-sufficiency and keeping pigs with this 500-hour course. The course is made up of three 100-hour modules and a 200-hour research project/industry experience.



Pig Husbandry

Pig Husbandry is a 100-hour course looking at pig breeds, hybrids, pig production, buildings, environmental control, breeding and selection, feeding pigs, pig diseases, feeding pigs, managing the boar, managing the sow and litter, the management of fattening pigs, economics and records, managing a piggery.

Self Sufficiency I

If you dream of living the good life, then this module is an excellent starting point. Over the course of ten lessons, you will learn more about Understanding the possibilities, Health, Nutrition and Clothing. Horticulture - Fruit and Vegetables, Horticulture – Herbs, Animal Husbandry - Poultry and Bees, Animal Husbandry - Grazing Animals & Pigs, Building - Earth & Mud Buildings, Appropriate Technology/Alternative energy, Craft & Country Skills, Making Decisions - Small Scale Production, How To Make Decisions.

Self-sufficiency II

Become more self-sufficient.  This 100-hour course looks at diet and nutrition, establishing a kitchen garden, vegetable growing, fertilisers, pests, fruit, establishing an orchard, cutting propagation, bottling, freezing and drying, producing eggs and milk, growing and cooking with herbs, eggs and cheese cookery, grain, baking bread.

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.

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

Timothy WalkerB.A.(Botany), RHS.M. Hort., Post.Grad.Dip.Ed. Former Director, Oxford Botanic Gardens.
Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
Dr Robert Browne (Environmental)Robert has an outstanding international reputation in Conservation, Environmental Management and Animal Science, having extensive experience across Europe, Australia, North America and central America. He has decades of experience working across subjects ranging from biodiversity and Wetland Ecology to Reptile Ecology and Animal Breeding. Zoologist, Environmental. He holds a B.Sc.(Hons) from the University of Tasmania and a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle. In recent years he has worked with Ghent University in the Netherlands, Antwerp University in Belgium, Perth Zoo in Australia and on a major sustainability project in Belize. Robert is a widely published research scientist and a referee for more than a dozen internationally renowned scientific journals. Robert brings a very comprehensive a unique experience to the school and provides our students an opportunity to learn from one of the worlds leading environmental and wildlife scientists.
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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