BASIS Certificate (Field Vegetables)

Key Information

Course Dates:







Online/Riseholme Campus, University of Lincoln

Contact Information:

Simon Goodger
Tel: 07785 118611

Course Overview

This BASIS certificate course concentrates on field vegetables, and it was originally designed for those involved in selling, supplying or advising on the use of, pesticides. Recently it has been of great interest to farmers and managers of vegetable units looking to further their knowledge and understanding of crop agronomy. The main focus is on brassicas, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, onions, and leeks.

Course Dates

Introduction (online): 16 December 2022

Main Course (2023):

  • 4 - 6 January
  • 23 - 25 January
  • 6 - 8 February
  • 27 February – 1 March

Tutorial (online): 27 March 2023

Revision Block: 17 - 19 April 2023


3 May 2023 – written papers, conducted online.

4 May 2023 – vivas, conducted at Riseholme Campus.




The subject areas covered will include the following:

  • Recognition and biology of vegetable weeds, pests, pathogens and disorders
  • Classification and mode of action of pesticides and biological control agents
  • Pesticide application, transport and storage
  • Integrated crop protection strategies in the major field vegetable crops.


The course is held over 17 days organised into 5 blocks of three days, plus two days for the final examination. There are normally two to four weeks between each block. Delivery is through participatory lectures, group exercises, practicals, and visits.


The course is assessed by means of a one hour multi-choice examination, an identification test, a written project and a field-based oral exam. Successful candidates will be awarded HE credits that can be used towards completion of the Harper Adams Diploma in Agronomy. This course is worth 30 CPD points.