This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course is aimed at those with an interest in running a smallholding, either in an employment capacity, or simply for pleasure, or to live a self-sufficient lifestyle.
The course will provide students with a sound understanding of all aspects involved with managing your own small hold, ranging from designing the build right through to marketing your service.
Module 1 - Introduction to Smallholding Management
This first unit of the Diploma in Smallholding Management course will introduce you to the concept of running a smallholding, or of achieving self-sufficiency. The unit will provide you with the foundation knowledge required for further studies related to running a smallholding, and will help you to clarify your aims. It covers the following:
- Clarifying your aims - why do you want to run a smallholding? What do you hope to achieve? Do you want to make a profit or are you looking for a sustainable self sufficient lifestyle?
- Finding suitable land and property, and assessing it to make sure it meets your needs
- Making plans for your land - livestock or crops? What do you hope to do with it?
- Business planning and raising finance for purchase
Module 2 - Building design
Unit 1 gives a general introduction to finding a suitable smallholding, and this unit continues on from there to work with plans for buildings on your smallholding.
It looks at the following:
- Conversion of existing buildings
- Dealing with rules and regulations such as planning permission
- The design of suitable new buildings for a variety of uses, including the types of building materials that can be used, together with their advantages and disadvantages.
Module 3 - Livestock selection and Management Part 1
There are many types of animal that could be kept on a smallholding, depending on land type, restrictions in place, size of area etc, as well as personal choice. This unit introduces the topic and covers:
- The selection of suitable species, taking into consideration space, time, effort and cost
- Keeping poultry
- Keeping other small animals, such as bees
- The health and veterinary attention required by livestock
Module 4 - Livestock selection and Management Part 2
The subject of choosing suitable livestock and the keeping of animals is so large that it has been divided into two parts. This second part continues on from module 3, and covers the following:
- Keeping sheep
- Keeping pigs
- Keeping cattle
- Keeping horses
- Other species, such as goats and alpacas
Module 5 - Grassland Management
The maintenance of land is extremely important, particularly if livestock are being kept in a relatively small area. This unit looks at the subject of grassland management, according to the types of species of animals being kept.
The following topics are covered:
- Assessing soil type
- Preparing and fertilizing ground
- Removal of weeds
- Maintenance of grazing
- The importance of timing when carrying out certain tasks associated with land management
Module 6 - Machinery and Equipment
Although small scale farming may not require as much in the way of equipment and machinery as a large scale farm, some machinery and equipment will be required in order to run the smallholding effectively. This unit covers the following:
- Working out what you will need
- Manual tools versus powered machinery
- Choosing suitable machinery
- Maintenance of machinery
Module 7 - Growing Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers
This unit looks at the concept of a 'market garden' and introduces you to the growing of various plants on a smallholding. By the end of your study on this section you will have been introduced to the following topics:
- Choosing suitable crops according to land type
- The importance of rotation of crops
- Planting and sowing, and the work involved
- Increasing yields
- Allowing the public in to 'pick your own' and the implications of this
Module 8 - Financial Management
Even if your smallholding is not expected to make a profit, effective smallholding management requires sound financial management in order to be successful.
The following topics are discussed in this unit:
- Bookkeeping and maintaining financial records
- Grants that are available
- Budgeting and financial forecasting
Module 9 - Marketing and General Management
Following on from the previous unit, this section looks at the importance of good management of a small business enterprise or successful self-sufficient unit, and also covers the important legal issues that need to be complied with. It covers the following:
- Commercial production of produce versus self-sufficiency
- Selling your produce
- Dealing with paperwork
- Health and Safety issues and how to comply
- Employment of labour on a smallholding
Module 10 - Ethical and Environmental Issues
This final unit of the course examines the various environmental impacts of farming on a small scale, and looks at the legislations affecting this type of activity. You will be introduced to the following topics.
- The disposal of waste from farming activity
- Organic methods of farming
- The impact on the environment and how to reduce or minimise negative impact Keeping up with changes in legislation relating to environmental issues
All students must be 16 years of age and above.
Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.
Approximately 20 hours per unit
Final online multiple choice examination.
Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.
Diploma in Smallholding Management
This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). Please note that this ABC certificate is only available to students enrolling on or after 01.04.15.
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.
The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.
The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of
employers across the UK.
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You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.
Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.
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Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.
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The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.
The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.
They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.
Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.
Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 13 August, 2009.