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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
Agricultural Certificate - Self Design Qualification
Our self-design qualifications enable you to specialise. You choose modules that suit you and your requirements.

You simply choose six course modules to design your own unique qualification, tailor-made for you.

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Specialist Agriculture Course - Specialise in an area of agriculture to suit you

This course will enable you to study specialist modules to suit your learning needs.

You choose six modules in the agricultural topics that interest you. 

The self-designed course enables you to focus on the areas of agriculture where you need to improve and update your knowledge.

  • A self designed certificate must contain SIX 100 hour modules.
  • Avoid studying subjects that are of little value or interest to you (as is often the case in standard courses).
  • Create a qualification that no one else has!

Who is This Course Suitable For?

The course enables you to specialise in particular areas of agriculture that interest you, so the course is suitable for anyone wanting to gain specialist knowledge in agriculture, such as -

  • farmers
  • farm workers
  • conservation workers
  • smallholders
  • nature park staff
  • safari park workers
  • park workers
  • crop workers
  • staff working with animals

Anyone who wants to gain specialist and detailed knowledge of a specific area of agriculture.

How Does This Work?

You choose six modules from our agricultural courses.

You can view all modules here.

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.

What Next?

When you have decided on the modules that interest you, please complete the self-design form at the bottom of this page.

This will then be sent to a subject specialist who will confirm that these modules are suitable for your requirements.

If you have any questions at all about which modules would be suitable -

Please click here to contact a tutor


Request a course handbook here.

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

Meet some of our academics

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.
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Diana Cole (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Permaculturist, Landscaper, Environmentalist. Holds a Diploma in Horticulture, degree in geography, permaculture certificate and various other qualifications. Between 1985 and 94, Diana was a task leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Since 2001 she has been chairperson of the Friends of Mellor Park (with Stockport MDC). From 2005 she has worked exclusively in horticulture as proprietor of her own garden design and consultancy business in and around Derbyshire; and at the same time as part time manager of a small garden centre. Diana has been an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor with ACS since 2008.

Check out our eBooks

Animal HealthUnderstand animal health issues, diseases and how identify and manage illnesses and injuries. Animals can become sick for many different reasons -diseases caused by infections, injuries, poisoning, genetic disorders, poor nutrition and other things.
Farm ManagementThe Farm Management ebook is a valuable piece of equipment for any farming student or current farmer. Improve your farm management skills or learn new skills and techniques. The topics covered within this Farm Management ebook include 1/ Scope and nature of the farm industry, 2/ The farm site, 3/ Production systems, 4/ Managing livestock, 5/ Managing pasture, 6/ Managing crops, 7/ Managing equipment and materials, 8/ Computer applications, 9/ Farm structures and buildings, 10/ Financial management, 11/ Marketing, 12/ Farm planning, 13/ Staff management, 14/ Water management and 15/ Diversification.
Organic GardeningFor decades farmers have relied upon chemicals to control pests and diseases in order to produce saleable crops. In the ornamental, vegetable and fruit gardens reliance on chemical controls has also been the mainstay for many gardeners.
Profitable FarmingDiscover new ways to make money from your farm and broaden your perspective on the farming industry. A few things in life are certain; change is inevitable and people need to eat. Learn to embrace change as an opportunity and improve your ability to forge a sustainable career in farming.