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Horticulture/Landscaping Level 3 Extended Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This course enables students who already have some experience of horticulture and landscaping to develop expertertise in a wide range of subjects relevant to the industry. You will learn about the principles of plant and soil science, landscape and garden design, including computer aided design, understand how to operate machinery, manage plant propagation and plant displays and learn about planting and identification. The course also explores plant health and protection, as well as carrying out wildlife population surveys, ecology and conservation.

Course content

Understand the principles of plant science:  You will have developed an understanding of how plants grow and develop, through knowledge of their structure and physiology.

Understand the principles of soil science:  You will develop an understanding of soil characteristics, and their relationship to crop growth and development.

Undertake Land-based machinery operations:  You will learn how to safely operate and maintain machinery and consider the different conditions in which machinery might need to operate.

Manage propagation activities:  You will be able to understand the requirements of a commercial propagation facility and will be able to develop propagation schedules to meet production requirements.

Establish and manage exterior plant displays:  You will be able to develop the skills and knowledge to be able to plan and establish annual, herbaceous and woody plants in ornamental, outdoor displays, including hedges, roses and the use of containers.

Understand the principles and practices of landscape and garden design:  This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles and practices of landscape and garden design and how these can be applied in practice.

Undertake and review work related experience in land-based industries:  The aim of this unit is to give you the skills needed to identify, participate in and review work experience in the environmental and land-based sector.

Undertake an investigative project in the land-based sector:  This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of undertaking an investigative project.

Business management in the land-based sector:  You will look at the business, the role and responsibilities of those employed in land-based businesses and resource requirements and will develop your skills in business operations and produce a business plan.

Maintain turf in parks and gardens:  This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of how to maintain turf in parks and gardens and how these can be applied in practice.

Construct horizontal landscape surfaces:  This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of how to construct horizontal landscape surfaces and how this can be applied in practice.

Construct and maintain timber landscape features:  You will be able to develop the skills and knowledge to be able to construct and maintain timber landscape features.  You will consider the range of materials and techniques, and the health and safety implications of this work.

Understand the principles of plant health and protection:  You will be able to identify weeds, pests, diseases and disorders within a specific industry. You will also be able to review the range of control measures viable and specify integrated control.

Undertake identification, selection and use of ornamental plants:  This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of how to undertake identification, selection and use of ornamental plants and how this can be applied in practice.

Entry requirements

  • Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Horticulture
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C and above to include English Language, Mathematics and Science
  • Merit grade for an appropriate qualification
  • A positive academic or employment reference

Assessment

The Extended Diploma in Horticulture units are assessed by a mixture of practical and written assessments (e.g. assignments) and are based around a selection of real time projects.  You will produce a folder of work which is assessed.  It is expected that, on average, a total of approximately 7 hours private study per week will be required.

Future opportunities

WHAT CAREERS CAN I GO ON TO?

This course, on successful completion, is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels and is accredited with UCAS points for entry on to higher educational courses, including Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and Honours Degrees.

 

WHAT FURTHER STUDY OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?

The horticulture industry is one of the largest sectors in the UK and offers a wide range of career opportunities such as grower, scientist, horticulture therapist or technician. On successful completion of the Extended Diploma in Horticulture, you will be able to take up a variety of roles within the horticultural/landscaping sector. You will also be equipped with the skills to start planning your own business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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