Postgraduate Certificate in Postharvest Technology

Writtle College
In Chelmsford

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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Location Chelmsford
Duration 1 Year
  • Postgraduate
  • Chelmsford
  • Duration:
    1 Year

Duration. This modular course can be completed in one year on a part-time basis. The study period can be extended for those students with demanding commitments at home or work.


Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Lordships Road, CM1 3RR, Essex, England
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Starts On request
Lordships Road, CM1 3RR, Essex, England
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Course programme

Postgraduate Certificate in Postharvest Technology

This modular course can be completed in one year on a part-time basis. The study period can be extended for those students with demanding commitments at home or work.

Course Aims The scheme will provide students with the opportunity to:
  • Study to an advanced level the techniques used for the postharvest handling of horticultural crops and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the fresh horticultural produce business environment and marketing processes concerned within the trade of horticultural produce
  • Apply research methodology and information technology to postharvest horticultural practice
  • Identify and critically evaluate important trends and developments within the horticultural industry
  • Identify the needs of national and international communities, and reconcile these with the aims and objectives of specific postharvest technology organisations
Who is the Course for This is an advanced course for part-time student who are likely to be employed within the postharvest sector or the industry such as with the transport and handling of fresh produce. The course will increase their understanding of the way that fresh produce is handled, transported and stored to maintain quality from grower to consumer. Applicants will normally have prior experience of HE study (BSc, FdSc, HND), or have extensive industrial experience.

Delivery and Assessment Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, visits, case studies and student-managed learning. Self-guided study takes place under the supervision of horticultural staff who ensure that students maximise their use of all study facilities at the College, including the estate. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including written papers, case studies and project reports. This flexible approach allows students to monitor their knowledge and skills development throughout the course.

To achieve the Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete 60 credits of study. There are 3 compulsory modules:
  • Postharvest Physiology and Pathology - (10 credits)
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management - (10 credits)
  • Postharvest Technology - (20 credits)
A further 20 credits must be obtained from a range of optional modules, including:
  • International Crop Production - (20 credits)
  • Purchasing and Product Innovation - (10 credits)
  • Global Trade - (10 credits)
  • Research Methods + PDP - (20 credits)
Key Features
  • A course with a strong commercial focus, including site visits and guest lecturers
  • A part-time course with attendance at 2 days per week, for 2x10 week terms. May be studied 1 day a week over 2 years
  • A strong international flavour in both crops and practices
  • Opportunity to progress to PG Diploma or MSc Postharvest Technology courses
  • Individual modules may be taken as part of a CPD programme
Career Prospects Upon successful completion of the course, graduates have gained employment with major wholesale, retail and import/export organisations where produce quality is paramount, and where supply objectives are on a global scale.

For students already employed in the postharvest sector, successful completion of the course is likely to enhance their prospects for career enhancement.

Related Learning Opportunities During the Postharvest Technology course, you will be involved in work undertaken by the Postharvest research area.

Student Comment
Hi! My name is Francisco A. Megias and I am currently a part-time student at Writtle College and a full-time employee in one of the biggest retailers in the UK. I started on the postgraduate certificate course and I have now progressed onto the MSC in Postharvest Technology. In my opinion, combining both work and study is one of the greatest experiences in your professional life as it helps you to develop yourself in the right professional environment. You are both learning and adding experience from the commercial sector.

I am pleased to have the support from Writtle College and my Company.

Francisco Megias
Postgraduate Certificate in Postharvest Technology

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