Horticulture
Level 3

 
Title of learning programme Horticulture
Programme level 3
Duration of learning programme 11 weeks x 10 hours*
Total number of learning hours per programme 110**

* Unlike traditional schools, colleges or universities, there are no terms, semesters, or specified intake dates for our uniquely flexible distance education courses. Our system of continuous enrolment means that our students can enrol on any day and at any time of the year. This allows our students the freedom to plan their studies to fit in with their lifestyle or work commitments.

** Please note that this is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and also how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each module there is a question paper which needs to be completed and returned to your personal tutor.

Structure

 
Module Module Title
1 Basic Botany
2 Plant Classification
3 Soil Science
4 Plant Nutrition
5   Plant Pests, Diseases and Problems
6   Organic Gardening
7   Weeds
8   Basic Propagation
9   Amenity Horticulture, Plant Groups and Families
10   Planting and Plant Care
11   Plant Notes and Indigenous Plants
12   Exotic Plants
13   Indoor Plants
14   Lawns
 

Learning Outcomes

 

Module 1 Basic Botany.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  Learning Outcome
LO1

Examine the main parts of a plant, namely: root, stems, leave and flowers

 
Module 2 Plant Classification.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Summarise how plants are classified
 
Module 3 Soil Science.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Explain how soil is formed and what it is made up of
LO2   Summarise the characteristics of soil
 
Module 4 Plant Nutrition.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 List the elements concerned with plant nutrition
 
Module 5 Plant Pests, Diseases and Problems.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Explain how pests affect plant life
LO2   Summarise the measures taken to control plant diseases
 
Module 6 Organic Gardening.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Define Organic Gardening and explain why it is done
 
Module 7 Weeds.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 List the types of weeds found and what measures can be taken to control them
 
Module 8 Basic Propagation.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Examine propagation with regards to the various seed types found
LO2   Summarise asexual propagation and list ways in which this can be achieved
 
Module 9 Amenity Horticulture, Plant Groups and Families.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Define what amenity horticulture is and list the reasons for choosing such plants
 
Module 10 Planting and Plant Care.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Summarise the planting procedures for containerised plants and bare-rooted plants
LO2   Examine what general plant care entails
 
Module 11 Plant Notes and Indigenous Plants.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Summarise the importance and value of indigenous plants
 
Module 12 Exotic Plants.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Explain when a plant is classified as exotic and list the names of 5 exotic plants
 
Module 13 Indoor Plants.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Summarise how to position, feed and care for an indoor plant
 
Module 14 Lawns.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 List the types of lawns discussed in this unit and examine the advantages of having a lawn

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