FAQs and Course Fees
What are the entry requirements?
If your first language is NOT English, you will be asked to show evidence of fluency in speaking, reading and writing English to the required level. A recommended method is to take a language test, ie.(https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/free-practice-tests). The minimum expected score for IELTS (https://www.ielts.org/) is 6.5 and 600 for TOEFL (https://www.ets.org/toefl/).
It is also possible to take the Crossfields Institute assessment for English language proficiency, please ask for details.
Please contact us if you are need to know about the equivalence of your qualification if it is not classified using the above terms (as used in the UK).
Who awards the degree?
Visit the Alanus homepage for more details.
What are the costs?
Travel and accommodation, food etc. at the intensives. We will be recommending comfortable rather than luxury accommodation.
Do you offer bursaries?
Can I use a work-based problem or issue as the topic for my dissertation?
Why is the course designed in this way – i.e. as a distance learning course with optional intensives?
Intensives (attendance optional) create rich opportunities for participants on the course to meet, study, learn and socialise together in centres chosen for their connection to agroecology initiatives. These intensives also provide opportunities to work with course faculty, visiting researchers and practitioners from a range of backgrounds.
Students are supported by the course faculty throughout their studies and will have an academic supervisor assigned to them from the faculty. The core platform for the course – dissemination of materials, forums, etc. is the Crossfields Institute online learning platform – the VLE (see next section).
What are the minimum IT requirements to use the Crossfields Institute Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)?
Firefox: very good.
Safari: not so good.
Internet Explorer: there are problems, particularly with IE 11.
As of Mac OS X 10.6, Apple stopped updating Flash. If a Mac user is running an out-of-date version of Flash (if you are using the virtual classroom BigBlueButton, this will check the version of flash), you can upgrade the version by downloading it from Adobe https://www.adobe.com/.
Internet Connection Speed: minimum of 4mb download and 0.5 Mbits upload speed. Users can test their actual bandwidth using https://www.speedtest.net/.
Note: For users of the virtual classroom BigBlueButton, bandwidth will affect how smoothly BigBlueButton runs, so the higher the bandwidth the better.
Hardware recommendation: a Dual-core CPU with at least 2G of memory. For Mac, we recommend any Mac running Mac OS X operating system.
Will I have to write a lot of essays?
Do I need access to land for food production and to conduct research trials?
If you have any further questions please get in touch.