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Horticulture (Herbs) 600 Hours Diploma

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( patricia, 03/12/2016 ) Q:

Is there a discount/credit if I have already completed the herb culture module or other of the stream modules?

( 06/12/2016 ) A:

Hello Patricia,

Thank you for your question. 

If you have completed the Herb Culture module, or any other module that is part of the Diploma, either as a core module or an elective module. we will deduct the original fee from the Diploma price. This means that if you pay for the Diploma in full, you will only pay £905.00, instead of £1,230.00. You just need to let Amanda or Tsoey from the support team know that you wish to continue on to a Diploma and they will organise everything for you. 


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Horticulture (Herbs) 600 Hours Diploma

Diploma in Horticulture (Herbs) course online. If your career choice is to be involved with Professional Herb Production and want to improve your Practical Skills at the same time, then this online distance learning Diploma is right for you.

In this Diploma in Horticulture (Herbs) you'll learn the basics of horticulture in the first half of the course and moves on to herb growing in the second half. This allows you to extend your prospects - the general horticulture knowledge gained gives you greater work opportunities in the various horticulture industry sectors. This is an excellent backstop to gain experience or extra income whilst you set up your herb business.

Herbs can make our foods more delicious, our skin more beautiful, our bodies healthier, and our minds happier. They are natures theraphy. In this excellent course, you will learn how to grow herbs, harvest and use herbs for commercial purposed, crafts, cooking, therapies and personal enjoyment. And even more, your ability to successful work with herbs will be based on solid training in horticulture.


Practicals: Diploma in Horticulture (Herbs) VHT002
  • Use the binomial system of plant classification
  • Develop a resource file for information about herbs
  • Identify a wide range of herb species and varieties, their culture and uses, and their availability
  • Study in depth the most commonly grown herb varieties, their culture and uses
  • Use herbs in a different herb crafts and foods
  • Identify medicinal and toxic chemical properties of herbs (both in general and specific terms)
  • Describe work procedures involved in operating a herb farm, including harvesting herbs and use of post-harvest treatments
  • Plan and prepare to manage a maintenance program in an ornamental garden or park
  • Design and implement a marketing program for a business operating in the herb industry.


Lesson Structure: Diploma in Horticulture (Herbs) VHT002

This course is made up of the following two PARTS:

  1. CORE STUDIES - at least 350 hours of study, or half the course. The student completes 15 lessons on general horticulture.
  2. STREAM STUDIES - a further 300-350 hrs of study specifically on herbs. The student completes 3 additional elective modules on the cultivation, uses, and marketing of herbs.

Core Studies
These involve 15 lessons in general horticulture, as follows:

  1. Introduction to Plants
    • Nomenclature and taxonomy, the plant kingdom, genus, species, hybrids
  2. Parts of the Plant
    • How plants grow, plant structure, parts of the flower and leaf, modification of stems and roots
  3. Plant Culture
    • Planting  - How to plant and protect newly planted specimens, terms like: annuals, biennials, perennials, deciduous, evergreen and herbaceous plants
  4. Plant CulturePruning
    • Purposes of pruning, rules for pruning, how to prune
  5. Plant Culture
    • Irrigation and Machinery  - Different irrigation systems, components of an irrigation system, designing an irrigation system, maintenance in the garden and of tools
  6. Soils and Media
    • Soil classifications, testing soil, potting mixes, the U.C. System, ingredients of potting mixes
  7. Soils and Nutrition
    • Fertilisers, deficiencies and toxicities, N:P:K ratios, salting, fertiliser programming, compost
  8. Propagation
    • Seeds and Cuttings  - How to propagate plants with the two easiest techniques, propagating mixes, cold frame construction, after care for young plants
  9. Propagation
    • Other Techniques  - Other methods to increase plant numbers - budding, grafting, layering, division and tissue culture
  10. Identification and Use of Plants
    • How are plants used in the landscape, how to choose and purchase plants, selecting plants suitable for the climate and site
  11. Identification and Use of Plants
    • Problems with plants and choosing plants for problem site
  12. Identification and Use of Plants
    • Indoor and Tropical Plants, flowers, herbs, bulbs, ferns
  13. Pests
    • Identifying and controlling pests, chemical and natural methods for control, chemical safety precautions
  14. Diseases
    • Identifying and controlling diseases, plant pathology, fungi, viruses, non pathogenic problems, interactions with the host and the environment
  15. Weeds
    • Identifying and controlling weeds, chemical terminology.

Stream studies:

PLUS any TWO of the following:

  1. Aromatherapy VHT104
  2. Culinary Herbs VHT242
  3. Medicinal Herbs BHT227
  4. Lavender BHT228
  5. Scented Plants BHT229

EXAMS: There are two exams for the core and 3 for the stream (one for each stream module) Exam fees are included in the tuition costs.


The quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 
Yellow rosesSusan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction. 
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
Steven Whitaker course tutorsSteven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 

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How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
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Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 60 - U.S. Credit Hours: 18 - when compared to regulated courses.
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