Key facts

Course Dates
Short Course - Five Days
Entry Requirements
Degree in a related subject. Relevant workplace experience may, in some circumstances, be accepted as qualification for entry to this course. Enquire directly to see if you qualify.
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Cranfield University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Cranfield University
Mixed Cohort

Course overview

The control of water pollution and sedimentation needs to be based on the correct identification of source areas of sediment, a knowledge of the processes by which water and sediment are moved over the land surface, and an understanding of how these processes are affected by the physical environment and socio-economic factors.

Soil conservation can be achieved through catchment management by targeting erosion control measures at critical locations in the landscape, producing appropriate designs and gaining the support of interested groups and organisations for their implementation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the processes of soil erosion, and of sediment transport and deposition.
  • Appreciate the environmental impacts of soil erosion, and the need for erosion control and soil conservation.
  • Evaluate erosion risk in a catchment and identify potential sources and sinks of sediment.
  • Make appropriate decisions on erosion control, based on a fundamental understanding of the processes.
  • Select appropriate input parameter values to apply erosion models to predict current erosion status and evaluate different conservation measures.
  • Design an erosion control strategy for an individual farm, taking account of its location within a catchment and socio-economic conditions.
  • Gain experience of managing a soil conservation project, set by an external client, which requires, using problem solving techniques, writing a consultancy-style report and meeting deadlines set.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Runoff and sediment production in drainage basins;
  • Erosion processes
  • Sediment delivery to water bodies; strategies for erosion control
  • Rainfall erosivity and soil erodibility
  • Soil loss prediction
  • Soil conservation planning integrating technical and consultation-based multi-stakeholder approaches
  • Soil erosion control
  • Agroforestry and gully erosion control.


    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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