SRUC Training Courses: BASIS Foundation Award in Agronomy

Accrediting Body



The course provides a sound introduction to agronomy, integrated crop protection and crop nutrition of the major UK crops. It is particularly relevant to those who wish to acquire an understanding of agronomy, but who will not be involved in providing agronomy advice or selling agrochemicals. For some, who ultimately wish to be involved in giving advice and selling agrochemicals but who have limited experience of agriculture, it may serve as a preliminary course prior to the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection.

What is Involved?

The course is arranged in three two-day blocks spread over a growing season and comprises lecture sessions, practicals, visits and online material (access to online material once registered). There is a written exam comprising 40 multiple choice questions and three structured short answer questions.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Certification/Award on Completion

BASIS Foundation Award in Agronomy

What you will need to bring

Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for crop walks.

Course Dates

UK Crops and Soils: Wednesday 27 November 2019 – Thursday 28 November 2019
Major combinable and root crops identification, markets and agronomy. Key plant protection issues. Soil structure, texture and crop nutrition.

Agrochemicals, Fertilisers and Legislation: Wednesday 4 March 2020 – Thursday 5 March 2020
Types of agrochemical and fertiliser. Legislation affecting agrochemical and fertiliser use. Safe use of agrochemcials and fertilisers.

Plant Protection: Monday 8 –Tuesday 9 June 2020
ID and biology of weeds, pests and diseases. ICM control strategies. Revision for exam.

Written exam: Wednesday 10 June 2020.
40 multiple choice questions and 3 structured short answer questions.


3 × 2 day blocks plus examination

Start/Finish Times

9am to 5pm approximately


The course takes place at:

SRUC, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG.

This location in Scotland is convenient for access from other parts of Scotland or from northern England with good access by rail, road and air. There is plenty of inexpensive bed and breakfast, guest house or hotel accommodation within walking distance of SRUC at King's Buildings. An accommodation list is available.


Full course including training, crop walks and exams: £792 + BASIS examination fee of £217 (total £1009).

Cost includes refreshments and lunch and the current BASIS exam fee, but excludes accommodation.

How do I book?

To book a place on this course, please complete and return the course booking form below to Moyra Farquhar via the email address shown below.


All courses and exams are subject to minimum numbers attending.


Martin Richards

0131 535 4081

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