<small>Certificate in </small><span>Alternative Farming</span>

Certificate in Alternative Farming

Course Code VSS103
Qualification Certificate
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 600 Hours

Certificate In Alternative Farming VSS103

Some farms struggle though; so it's important to make wise and informed choices about what you do, and how you do it.

  • Get to know the options for your land
  • Choose to produce things that are compatible with your resources
  • Don't over extend yourself
  • Take the time to learn, plan and do each job properly

 One Advantage of this Course is that it connects you with a tutor who knows the options, has both training and experience in agriculture, and can mentor you as you learn and develop your approach to farming. Our course places a great deal of emphasis upon discovering the options, building networks and establishing a solid, scientific foundation for day to day work on a farm.

To obtain the certificate you must successfully complete assignments and pass exams in six modules as follows:

Core Modules:    These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate In Alternative Farming.

  •      Sustainable Agriculture BAG215
  •      Organic Farming BAG305

Elective Modules:    In addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 20 modules.

  •      Herb Culture BHT114
  •      Aquaculture BAG211
  •      Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241
  •      Cut Flower Production BHT221
  •      Goat Production BAG223
  •      Green Walls and Roofs BHT256
  •      Hydroponic Management (Hydroponics II) BHT213
  •      Hydroponics I BHT224
  •      Mariculture - Marine Aquaculture BAG220
  •      Nut Production BHT219
  •      Permaculture Systems BHT201
  •      Pigs BAG209
  •      Plant Breeding BHT236
  •      Poultry BAG208
  •      Protected Plant Production BHT223
  •      Trees For Rehabilitation BHT205
  •      Viticulture BHT220
  •      Agricultural Marketing BAG304
  •      Animal Breeding BAG301
  •      Aquaponic Production BHT319

Note that each module in the Certificate In Alternative Farming is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

For more information about this course, please request your free course information pack today!

Finance options

If you are an Irish citizen you may be eligible to receive financial support, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are a resident of Ireland, you may also be eligible to receive a student grant under the Student Grant Scheme

Student support

We live in a society where the pressures of daily living are high with financial expenses, personal and work commitments, and mortgage and rental obligations. Then there are the unexpected life challenges that also get thrown our way. With this in mind the thought of taking on study can be daunting for most people. Here at Learning Cloud we understand that life doesn’t run in a straight line it has many ups and downs.

As an enrolled student at Learning Cloud, you are entitled to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Services Unit. These supports are designed to walk beside you throughout your studies they will assist you in life’s ups and downs to provide you the best opportunity to successfully complete your chosen course.


  • Careers Counselling Service
  • General Counselling Service
  • Disability Liaison Service
  • Retention & Engagement Service
  • Student Activities
  • Accommodation
  • E Counselling
  • Your-Tutor
  • Parent support
  • Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP)

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How will this course advance my career?

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Studies prove, time and again, that college-educated workers earn more than those with only a high school qualification. College graduates often enjoy additional benefits, including greater job opportunities and promotions. Though the proof for greater earning potential exists, some might wonder whether the cost of the education warrants the overall expense in the long run.

College Graduate vs. Non-Graduate Earnings

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How else will I benefit from studying with Learning Cloud?

  • Studying online or distance means you can study where you want and at your own pace.
  • Receive career-focused training with practical, hands-on learning.
  • All course materials are provided and all digital platforms are interactive, work on any device and designed to be fun.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning or Skills Recognition may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.