30 June 1995


THE RANGE and variety of courses run by agricultural and horticultural colleges has never been so diverse.

For those wanting detailed information about a course at a specific college the obvious source of information is the prospectus, but first it is necessary to have some idea of the courses which nearly 100 colleges and universities have to offer.

This July will see the revival of the annual Directory of Courses in Land-based Industries. For many years this was accepted as the definitive source of information on all agriculturally related full-time and sandwich courses in the UK. Its return will again provide those seeking information with a comprehensive guide to what subjects can be studied where and what qualifications are available.

Publication of the directory has been taken over by Farming Press Books, and it plans to have the 1995/96 edition of the 270-page guide available in time for next weeks Royal Show.

The accompanying table, which was compiled from information which is being published in the new edition, provides a guide to the range of courses and qualifications available.

However, space prevents the reproduction of a complete list of subjects, and in many cases it has been necessary to combine a number of disciplines under the same heading.

For example, there is a wide range of specialist agricultural courses, such as hill farming, pig and poultry production, organic agriculture and agricultural economics, which come within the general heading of "agriculture". Also, a number of colleges provide highly specialised courses which it has been impossible to identify in the table.

Horticulture includes amenity and commercial horticulture and garden centre management.

Land-based/countryside studies includes courses which come under a range of conservation titles as well as subjects such as gamekeeping and water management.

Mechanisation/engineering includes courses in contracting.

Leisure studies includes such subjects as greenkeeping, sports turf management and leisure park engineering.

Land management includes landscape construction.

Directory of Courses in Land-based Industries 1995/96 will be available from Farming Press Books, Wharfedale Road, Ipswich IP1 4LG (01473-241122). Price is £12.95.