BASIS Soil and Water Management

Key Information

Programme Type

Short Course


Four-day course


BASIS Certificate and HE Credits



Next Start Date

10 September 2024

Course Overview

This course, leading to the BASIS Certificate in Soil and Water Management, examines how farmers can manage soil and water in a sustainable way. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the methods used to avoid soil erosion and water pollution.

Why Choose Lincoln

A focus on how to manage soil and water in a sustainable way

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

Online written exam and in-person viva assessment

Regular start dates each year

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Course Dates

When enquiring about this course, please indicate which intake you would like to attend.

September Course

Soil and Water (September Course)

  • 10 September 2024
  • 11 September 2024
  • 17 September 2024
  • 18 September 2024

Exam Dates

  • 30 September 2024 (online written exam)
  • 2 October 2024 (in person viva)
Autumn Course

Soil and Water (Autumn Course)

  • 29 October 2024
  • 30 October 2024
  • 5 November 2024
  • 6 November 2024

Exam Dates

  • 19 November 2024 (online written exam)
  • 21 November 2024 (in person viva)
Winter Course

Soil and Water (Winter Course)

  • 25 February 2025
  • 26 February 2025
  • 4 March 2025
  • 5 March 2025

Exam Dates

  • 11 March 2025 (online written exam)
  • 13 March 2025 (in person viva)

How You Study

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

The subject areas covered include the following:

- Managing field cultivations and crop establishment
- Properties of soils, including texture, structure, and water relations
- Minimising soil erosion
- Sources of organic matter
- Protecting water resources
- Managing drainage and irrigation systems.

How you are assessed

The course is assessed by means of a short written exam (online), farm management plan, and vivas.

Successful candidates will also be awarded HE credits that can be used towards completion of the Harper Adams Diploma in Agronomy.

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