23 August 2002

Range is widened for farm courses

COURSES in farm diversification and countryside management number among a new range of BTEC qualifications introduced by awarding body Edexcel.

The new BTEC National Awards have been developed in response to the growing need for the industry to seek alternative uses for land.

They can be delivered so that most of the studying is done in the evenings or during the winter months – a BTEC National Award is equivalent to A Level in standard and comprises six units, each about 60 hours in length.

A farm diversification course allows investigation of subjects which include sustainable farming systems, organic production and estate skills. Students interested in countryside management can specialise in game, woodland and water management, conservation and rural tourism.

For further information contact Edexcel (0870-240 9800). &#42