BASIS Quality of Soils

Soil - University of Lincoln

Key Information


Course Dates:

  • 16-18 January 2023
  • 26-27 January 2023

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

Exam:

6 February 2023 – written paper, conducted online

7 February 2023 – vivas, conducted online

Fees:

£1155

Contact Information:

Simon Goodger
Tel: 07785 118611
Email: sgoodger@lincoln.ac.uk

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. 

Course Dates

  • 16-18 January 2023
  • 26-27 January 2023

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

Exam

6 February 2023 – written paper, conducted online

7 February 2023 – vivas, conducted online

Fees

£1155

Content

The subject areas covered will 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.

Delivery

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

Assessment

The course is assessed by means of a written exam and viva examination.