BASIS Quality of Soils Level 6 Online

Course Outline

This course builds on the success of BASIS modules, giving farmers, growers and advisors an increased understanding of how soil functions. The Quality of Soil course focuses on soil life - studying the physical structure and biology and also, the chemical processes that contribute to a healthy soil. It demonstrates how soil functions as an ecosystem - leading to an expansive understanding of how best to produce food, fibre and biofuels from the soil.

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.

  • Delivery via Zoom over a 7 day period at 3 hours per day.
  • The exam will be held on the19th February 2021

Course Content

  • 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

View Full Course Syllabus

  • 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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Location Dates Time Price exc. VAT   Status
Zoom 12 Jan – 19 Feb 2021 09:00h – 12:00h £1,100.00 Registration Closes
Jan 05, 2021 9:00AM


12 Jan – 19 Feb 2021

09:00h – 12:00h

£1,100.00 exc. VAT


Register Now » 4 Places Available!
Register Now » 4 Places Available!
Contact Nina or Graham on 01243 216278 or email to book this course
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