Organic Principles & Practice BTEC Certificate Level 5 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This 12 week course is designed for all those involved or considering involvement in organic productions systems or improving their existing organic skills.

This includes those involved in horticulture, agriculture (cropping and livestock rearing) and other associated industries.

For those not involved in organic practices it provides an ideal opportunity to study alternatives to standard practices.

The course covers:

  • The history of the organic movement
  • Certification and conversion procedures
  • Organisations in the organic movement and general organic practices
  • Planning organic cropping systems and maintaining healthy growth of organic crops
  • Organic livestock regulations and feeding strategies
  • Livestock health, regulations and treatments including preventative strategies and herd/flock health
  • Management practices for a range of organic production areas including whole-system approaches, biological controls and sustainable practices
  • Managing a healthy soil
  • The economics of organic production

Students are required to attend a series of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Guest speakers from various industry-based organisations are used to give a workplace perspective.

You will have access to excellent resources and facilities both onsite (horticulture centre, Rodway Farm and the Agriculture Innovation Centre and glasshouses) and in the surrounding areas.

The qualification has been designed in collaboration with industry ensuring that you will develop the necessary skills and knowledge for employment.

Assessment Methods

The course is assessed via 100% coursework which is comprised of written/practical reports, in-class tests, case studies, essays, oral presentations and posters. Practical work will be undertaken on and off site and assessed.


Progression Options

You could progress on to the full time HNC in Horticulture.

Course Summary

Course Title Organic Principles & Practice BTEC Certificate Level 5
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I really enjoy studying at Bridgwater & Taunton College. All of my lessons have a friendly atmosphere and my tutors push me to be the best I can be. Studying here has allowed me to gain the qualifications I need to go on to degree level.

Myles Fisher

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