BASIS Quality of Soils

Key Information

Programme Type

Short Course


Five-day course


BASIS Quality of Soils Award



Next Start Date

14 January 2025

Course Overview

This course aims to give farmers, growers, and advisors further insight into how to make farming and production systems more resilient through an increased understanding of how soil functions as an ecosystem. The course takes a particular focus on soil life; the thriving soil food web which is vital for successful and sustainable farming on our soils. The course aims to equip students with an understanding of the relationship between soil physical, chemical, and biological processes that contribute to a healthy soil.

Applicants should note that prior achievement of the FACTS qualification is required.

Why Choose Lincoln

A focus on how soil functions as an ecosystem

On-site delivery at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology

Online written exam and viva assesment

Regular start dates each year


Course Dates

  • 14 January 2025
  • 15 January 2025
  • 16 January 2025
  • 22 January 2025
  • 23 January 2025

Exam Dates

  • 3 February 2025 (online written exam)
  • 4 February 2025 (online viva exam)

How You Study

The course is delivered over five days, using participatory lectures, field practicals, and group exercises.

The subject areas covered include the following:

- Soil physical and chemical properties
- Soil organic matter and the carbon cycle
- Nitrogen and phosphorus cycles
- Soil microbiota, mesobiota, and macrobiota
- Methods of soil assessment
Soil health management and remediation practices.

How you are assessed

The course is assessed by means of a written exam and viva examination. These take place online.

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