Practical Strategies for Local Food

Localise West Midlands have been involved in developing an exciting new Level 4 course, Practical Strategies for Local Food, in partnership with Sense City, for Aston University’s Lifelong Learning Centre. This module is now recruiting for a start in January and later in the spring.

The module is part of a series offered by the centre’s Sustainable Communities, Urban Regeneration and Environmental Technologies consortium, designed to supply many of the skills and knowledge needed for today’s and tomorrow’s economy.

If you would like to know more about this unique new module please see the details below.

About Practical Strategies for Local Food
The concept of local food, popularly understood to be the distance our food travels from farm to fork, can also imply a more sustainable food system which is more socially just, lower energy, safer and more nutritious. Delivered by Localise West Midlands and Sense City, the course offers an overview of the global food system, examines the relationship between food miles and carbon footprints, explores food policy and food access and discusses local food supply from community allotments to public procurement.

Purpose
Aston University’s Lifelong Learning Centre is leading the development of a new network offering part time, flexible and accessible modules relating to the building of sustainable communities, urban regeneration and environmental technologies. These can be taken independently or as part of a negotiated award in Professional Development and are available to develop understanding and skills needed for the emerging green knowledge based economy. Those completing study at level 3, such as BTEC or A Levels are eligible to apply, along with those who are qualified by experience enabling them to success and benefit from higher education.

Aims of this module
To develop student’s understanding of local food socially, environmentally and economically; to consider practical and policy-based solutions for a more sustainable food supply. The course will equip students to make better informed decisions relating to food across a range of sectors and levels of influence, from government to local policy to our own day-to-day choices.

Type of learning
There is a range of flexible delivery methods and contact time, including workshops, site visits, lectures and online learning. The course takes about three months to complete.

Assessment
The assessment includes individual and group work. Students will be asked to develop practical and policy based solutions to their own ideas for a sustainable food supply.

Teaching and Learning Methods
Learning will be undertaken throughout the year and modules will be delivered on a part time blended learning basis. This will involve face to face discussions, seminars, field visits and on line study.

Who should do this & Eligibility
It is suitable for all those in the private, public or voluntary sectors with a professional or personal interest in health and wellbeing, food retail, production or distribution as well as community development and sustainability. Modules can be undertaken as part of a CPD (continuous professional development) portfolio, and credits gained can contribute to an award at Aston or be combined with credit awarded from another HEI (higher education institution).

Mature students who are qualified by experience gained in the public, private or voluntary sector should attach a 500 word statement to their application. People who can demonstrate a capacity to succeed in their chosen area of study will progress. Some modules require specific pre-existing knowledge and prospective students will be expected to demonstrate the prerequisite knowledge for each module.

Assessed by: Accredited prior learning; Entry test; AP(E)L Processes; Other appropriate methods

Cost
£276 for 10 credit module
£552 for 20 credit module

For more information please contact Jayne Bradley, course tutor.

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