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About the PSC

The Practical Sustainability Course is now full
If you would like to join the waiting list please continue to

~Bookings for the 2023-2024 PSC will open January 2023~


Immerse yourself in an in-depth, hands-on and dynamic learning experience. 

The course covers a wide variety of modules including Permaculture Design, Soil and Ecology, Organic Horticulture, Green Energy, Group Dynamics, Creating Change, Woodland Management, Green Building, Re-localisation and Community Engagement.

The year is packed with information, difficult questions, innovative solutions, bold ideas, collaborative experiences, and personal challenges. The curriculum is taught through workshops, talks, activities, field trips, design projects, discussions and group work by tutors actively engaged with their subject. 

Please read the Essential Information before completing the booking form. You’ll find details of costs, dates and hours, course structure, accessibility and other information.

The Course Curriculum outlines the modules and activities and the Tutor Biographies tell you all about our tutors’ experience and approach.

Check out the Gallery for pictures of course activities. 

Please contact us with any questions about the course. We’re very happy to talk via phone or email about your application.

A Shifty Podcast:

Leila Meredith, a previous 2020-21 Practical Sustainability Course student, produced this podcast featuring interviews with previous students, as part of her Masters in Social Anthropology.

It considers the role of the PSC in the wider movement towards a sustainable future and also the impact it has had on their personal lives.

[SIDE NB: These students attended the PSC during the Pandemic, as Shift Bristol navigated teaching a hands-on curriculum through lockdowns and physical distancing restrictions. As part of this unseasonal year students were able to attend the Oxford Real Farming Conference, inclusive of their course fees]