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Bridgwater College and Soil Association offer organic modules

Organic modules available

Bridgwater College’s partnership with the Soil Association is going from strength to strength.

We are delighted that Bridgwater College are offering organic modules on their agriculture as well as horticulture courses.

From September 2016, agriculture students will be able to choose an organic module within the college’s FdSc and BSc (Hons) degrees in Agricultural Management.  

The organic element has proved a success within Bridgwater College’s Higher National Diploma (HND) in Horticulture. Developed in 2015 with support from the Soil Association, the ‘Organic Principles and Practices’ module was offered as a level four qualification forming a core part of the HNC in Horticulture. As a core module this means that all students studying horticulture as part of this course learn about organic growing.

The unit will be offered again for the 2016 intake of students and runs as a morning a week over 12 weeks. It covers the fundamentals of organic growing, certification and conversion, planning cropping system, soil management, rotations, as well as marketing and economic factors.

Twelve students completed the course this year, which included a talk from Soil Association Head of Horticulture, Ben Raskin and farm visits to Plowright Organics and Cantelo Nurseries.

Applications are now being invited for the complete two year HND in Horticulture course or the standalone unit in Organic Principles and Practices. For those that cannot commit to a full course, the unit can be taken independently of the HND as a standalone qualification accredited to level five.

Nigel Cox, Curriculum Manager at Bridgwater College says “Last year was the first year we have run the course and both the college and students greatly enjoyed the experience. We are now looking at how we can further build on the relationship with the Soil Association and together help to equip more farmers and growers with skills that will benefit the wider industry”.

For more information, please visit www.bridgwater.ac.uk