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Edible Gardening

Level 0 (CQFW Level 3), 10 Credits.

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Do you have a garden which you would like to grow food in? Would you like to join up with likeminded individuals in your locality and learn how to transform you garden into an edible and beautiful space which combines low maintenance food growing and nature friendly gardening techniques, managing your pests naturally, working with weeds, basic soil science, water management techniques and basic design skills.

Topics to be covered include:

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in either growing their own food in their garden and wanting to connect with likeminded individuals in their locality.

Learning and Teaching

There will be lectures, discussion groups, group activities, trips to the tutor’s edible garden and trips to each others gardens. The course will be illustrated with  powerpoint slides and video clips.  The emphasis will be on active learning, to help you to develop an understanding of the subject matter and its relevance to the real world.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

The Collins Gem series for identifying:

For plant identification and design aid:


Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.