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( Katie Meegan, 29/11/2016 ) Q:

Hi, does the soil management course equal to a soil science level 8 degree?

( 30/11/2016 ) A:

Hi Katie,

Thank you for your question. The Soil Management course is deemed to be at level 4 by the independent awarding organisation, that has assessed all of our courses against the UK Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The course takes an average of 100 hours to complete, although the actual time taken will vary from student to student. It is worth 10 UK Credits and 3 U.S. Credit hours.

It would be misleading to describe Certificate and Diploma courses (or any offered elsewhere by others) as equal to a degree, It is more accurate to say that our courses are at the level of. Therefore our level 4 qualification is at the level of a HNC, our level 5 qualification is at the level of a Foundation Degree and our Level 6 qualifications, is at the level of a BA or BS.c..

Although the course you are interested in is not at a degree level, it is comprehensive and ideal for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) purposes and it will help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for work. Employers like these types of courses because students also learn the practical skills they are looking for. Degrees don't necessarily achieve this and this has been a complaint of employers in the last few years.

I hope this helps.

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Soil Management - Agriculture

Soil Management  - Agriculture course online. Treat your soil and grow great plants! Good soil conditions are critical to the healthy growth of most plants. Develop an understanding of physical & chemical properties of soils, carry out simple tests to determine soil characteristics, learn ways of treating soil to grow plants. Specifically designed for ornamental gardens, landscaping, container growing, and turf situations. This course prepares you for the RHS Advanced certificate or diploma module examinations.


Learning Goals:    Soil Management BAG103
  • Develop a broad understanding of the physical and chemical properties of soils.
  • Develop skills in sampling and field testing soils for basic physical and chemical properties
  • Understand the principles, methods and techniques of sustainable soils management.
  • Understand the principles and practices of earthworks.
  • Understand causes and remediation methods of land degradation and soil problems.
  • Develop a broad knowledge in the use of growing containers for agriculture.
  • Develop strong understanding of soil science and its impact on plant growth.
  • Develop practical knowledge about managing soil for particular cropping uses.


Lesson Structure:    Soil Management - Agriculture  BAG103

There are 8 lessons:

1  Introduction: Soils And Soil Classification

  • Soil health and Agricultural soils
  • What is soil health?
  • Soil Composition and Formation
  • Classifying Soil Groups and Soil Landscapes
  • Soil Profiles
  • Soil Horizons
  • Key Properties of Selected Soil Groups
  • Parent Materials
  • Classifying Soils According to Hydrological Properties
  • Soil hydrology Groups: Uniform Coarse-textured Soils, Permeability Contrast Soils; Cracking Clays; Medium to Fine Textured soils

2  Properties of Soils and Plant Nutrition

  • Understanding Soils
  • Mineral and Rock
  • How Soils Develop Naturally
  • Mechanical Weathering
  • Chemical Weathering
  • Geo-chemical Weathering Processes
  • Pedo-chemical Weathering
  • Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
  • Organic Carbon
  • Soil Colour
  • Texture and its Effect on Plant Growth
  • Structure and its Effect on Plant Growth
  • Consistence and its Effect on Plant Growth
  • Depth of Profile and how it Relates to Plant Growth
  • PH and Plant Growth
  • Porosity and Plant Growth
  • Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Toxicity

3  Soil Testing Methods

  • Tilth and Organic Matter
  • Soil Sampling for Chemical Analysis
  • General Principles of Soil Analysis
  • Tools for Field Sampling and Soil Investigation
  • Digging a Sample Pit or Hole
  • Finding Out about your Soil
  • Settlement Activity
  • Soil Structure Activity
  • Recording Soil Colour
  • Testing Consistence
  • Describing Texture
  • Test for Free Carbonates
  • Soil pH Testing
  • Stability of Clods to Wetting (Slaking and Dispersion)
  • Bulk Density Testing
  • Measurement of Organic Matter Content of Soil
  • Measuring Salinity
  • Measuring Water Content
  • Fertiliser Solubility
  • Affect of Lime on Soil
  • Laboratory Testing of Soils

4  Land Degradation and Other Soil Problems

  • Soil Structure Decline
  • Water Repellence
  • Erosion
  • Hard-Layers in Soils
  • Transient Bonding; Compaction; Cementation; and Natural Rigidity
  • Sub-Soil Compaction: Compression, shearing and smearing
  • Soil Acidification
  • Alkalinity and Sodicity
  • Water-logging
  • Salinity
  • Chemical Residues

5  Soil Management on Farms

  • Conservation Farming
  • No-Tillage (Zero tillage)
  • Minimum Tillage
  • Trap Cropping
  • Cover Crops and Green Manure Cropping
  • Alley Farming (AF)
  • Contour Farming and Strip Farming
  • Controlled Traffic Farming
  • Stubble Management
  • Establishing Water and Nutrient Management Plans
  • Soil Conservation Earthworks
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Direct Drilling in Pasture Establishment
  • Soil Management in Orchards
  • Soil Management in Market Gardens

6  Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part A)

  • Wheat
  • Oat
  • Barley

7  Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part B)

  • Narrow-Leafed Lupins
  • Canola
  • Faba Beans
  • Grapes

8  PBL Soil project - Soil Investigation and Report

  • evaluate a range of soils for a given situation
  • determine soil problems or limitations that exist for a given land use
  • decide on suitable soil management strategies for the selected land
  • prepare and present a report

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Define terms related to the production and management of agricultural soil, such as ? manure, micorrhyzae, ameliorant, pore space, micro-nutrient, denitrification, ammonium fixation, chemo autrophic organisms, colloids, buffering capacity, leaching, compaction.
  • Create a compost heap;
  • Discuss ways that human activity can destroy soil structure;
  • Explain how pH affects nutrient availability;
  • Explain the function of different nutrients in soils/growing media, such at nitrogen and phosphorus;
  • Analyse a soil test report in order to evaluate the soil for horticultural or agricultural use;
  • Describe appropriate soil testing methods for different situations;
  • Compare the use of organic and inorganic fertilisers in different situations;
  • Develop a detailed nutritional management plan for a particular crop, following organic principles;
  • Explain various methods for assessing drainage at a site;
  • Evaluate the use of earthworks to refurbish or improve a specific site;
  • Research Environmental Protection Agency (or equivalent) recommendations for cleaning up chemical spills and for disposing of old household chemicals and their containers;
  • Discuss advantages and problems of importing soil from elsewhere for crop production;
  • Explain appropriate methods of stabiliising an unstable or erosion-prone slope;
  • Remove a soil profile, describe the different soil layers, and compare the effects of different soil treatments on the soil profile;
  • Report on prevention and control methods for soil degradation, and development of sustainable soil management practices in a case study.


Course Info
Course StartAny time
Course Hours100
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeBAG103
Course PrerequisiteNo, start at anytime
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Soil Management- Agriculture
Exam Required?Finalised with an exam/test
UK Course Credits10 Credits
US Course Credit Hours3 Credit Hours
Study SupportYou'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.



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