A course that provides the knowledge to really ‘make a difference’
Agriculture has a key role for development throughout the world, but especially so in the tropics where many of the population are self-employed subsistence farmers, dependent on it as their only means of survival. Most temperate zone farming techniques are inappropriate for tropical areas, due to differences in climate, soils and not being geared to small-scale farming. This course focuses on achieving efficient and environmentally sustainable crop and livestock production in tropical areas – which could ultimately help reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty and improve the livelihoods of the people who live here. You will explore topics including the main farming systems in the tropics, soil management, water conservation, food crops and cash crops, managing livestock and rural development. Some learners may choose to study so they can offer useful knowledge and practical support to their favoured developing world charities. This course would also be useful if you wish to pursue an agricultural career in the tropics or a career in Third-World development.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.
This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.
The extensive course materials have been developed by tropical farming experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)
The course includes all the required study materials.
There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.
We are proud of our friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all we can to help you succeed.
Our tutors are all experienced, highly qualified and passionate about sharing their love of their subject. You can phone or email your tutor throughout the course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.
You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All learners are eligible for an NUS Extra card.
Lesson 1 – Introductions – regions and climate
Lesson 2 – Characteristics of soil
Lesson 3 – Introduction – plant structure
Lesson 4 – Introduction – principles of livestock production
Lesson 5 – Vegetables
Lesson 6 – Classification of crops
Lesson 8 – Rural development
Lesson 9 – Appropriate technology
Lesson 10 – Agroforestry
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
There are no exams. On successful completion of this course you will receive an HCC Certificate*, graded to show the standard you have reached. The HCC’s reputation means this can be highly regarded on a CV and, combined with your portfolio of coursework, is evidence of your achievements (whether you are applying for a job or a more advanced study course).
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
You do not need previous farming knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:
To enrol by phone, please call us on Freephone 0800 083 9191 or 01409 220 777.