BASIS Quality of Soils Level 6


This course will enable farmers, growers and advisers to understand the relationship between the physical structure, biology and the chemical processes that contribute to a healthy soil. It will demonstrate the interrelationships between these aspects of soil and how it is a dynamic and subtly changing ecosystem which can be influenced, both positively and negatively, by farming practices.


  • Introduction to soil
  • The Physical, mechanical and morphological properties of soil. Water and air in soil
  • Chemical properties of soil
  • Soil organic matter. Carbon cycle
  • Soil microbiota. Rhizosphere. Nitrogen and phosphorus cycles
  • Soil mesobiota and macrobiota
  • Soil, a non-renewable resource. Major threats to soil in the UK. Soil Health remediation practices. Soil testing methods

BASIS Full course details

  • Additional Reading:
  • Shepherd - Fueling Soil Life Link here
  • Soil organic matter paper - Johnston (Rothamsted) Link Here
  • A guide to better soil structure Link here
  • Visual soil assessments 2016 Edition Link Here
  • Cost: £1100 plus vat
  • BASIS Exam £326

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