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Horticulture 800 Hours Advanced Diploma
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Advanced Diploma in Horticulture course online. Written by industry relevant and seasoned Horticulturists, This Advanced Diploma in Horticulture will give you with a solid foundation in the areas that you study. It is an “experiential based” learning program, designed to engage you with the horticulture industry as you complete it. Complete the 5 core modules and then choose another 3 in the areas of expertise that you want to develop. If you are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture, then this TQUK Endorsed course will give it to you.
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Lesson Structure: Advanced Diploma in Horticulture
- Propagation I BHT108
- Soil Management BAG103
- Botany I BSC104
- Horticulture III (Plant Health) BHT103
- Practical Horticulture I BHT238
Elective Modules: Choose any 3 modules from the list below:
- Outdoor Plant Production (Crops I) BHT112 or;
- Protected Plant Production BHT223
- Planning Layout and Construction of Ornamental Gardens BHT242 or;
- Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens BHT243
- Turf Care BHT104 or Plant Selection and Establishment BHT107
- Wholesale Nursery Management BHT212
Note: each module in this Advanced Diploma is a certificate in its own right, and may be studied separately. Click on links above to see what each module will teach you in more detail.e Modules: Lesson Structure
Core Modules: Lesson Structures
Below are the lesson topics you will cover in the core modules. Click on the above links for more details and to view the course content, lessons and what you will do in the courses.
1. Propagation I BHT108
There are 10 lessons:
- Introduction to Propagation
- Seed Propagation
- Potting Media
- Vegetative Propagation I
- Vegetative Propagation II
- Vegetative Propagation III
- Propagation Structures and Materials
- Risk Management
- Nursery Management I
- Nursery Management II
2. Soil Management BAG103
There are 8 lessons:
- Introduction: Soils And Soil Classification
- Properties of Soils and Plant Nutrition
- Soil Testing Methods
- Land Degradation and Other Soil Problems
- Soil Management on Farms
- Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part A)
- Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part B)
- PBL Soil project – Soil Investigation and Report
3. Botany I – Plant Physiology and Taxonomy BSC104
There are 10 lessons:
- Taxonomic Classification of Plants
- Cells and Tissues
- Specific Vegetative Parts of a Plant
- Flowers and Fruit
- Seed and the Developing Embryo
- Photosynthesis and Growing Plants
- The Role of Water
- Movement of Water and Assimilates through a Plant
- The Effects of Tropisms and Other Growth Movements
4. Horticulture III – Plant Health BHT103
There are 10 lessons:
- Overview of Preventative Controls
- Other Pesticides
- Spray Equipment
- Insect Biology
- Fungal Biology
- Environmental Problems
- Nematodes, Molluscs and Crustaceans
5. Practical Horticulture I BHT238
There are 10 lessons:
- Soil Analysis
- Seed Propagation (including seed identification)
- Vegetative Propagation
- Potting up and After Care of young plants
- Maintenance of Established Plants
- Practical Plant Identification
- Pest and Disease Identification
- Weed Identification
- Risk Assessment
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Practical (Set Tasks)
Extract from Propagation 1 BHT108 LIFE CYCLES IN PLANTS There are basically two different types of developmental life cycles in plants: sexual and asexual. These phases have a significant influence on the techniques used by propagators. Phases of the Sexual Cycle There are three phases in this cycle: 1. The embryo phase – the union of male and female gametes in the flower forms a single-celled zygote. The resulting embryo develops within the fruit and seed. 2. The juvenile phase – the seed germinates and the embryo grows into a juvenile plant. At this stage, many plants respond well to vegetative propagation techniques but will not respond to flower-inducing stimuli. 3. The adult phase – the plant reaches its ultimate size and develops flowers in response to environmental signals (e.g. change in day-length or temperature) or internal hormonal stimuli. The plant may change in its morphological appearance including leaf shape and growth habit. It may be more difficult to propagate by vegetative means but has better response to flowerinducing stimuli. In some plants both the juvenile and adult phases can be found in the same plant at one time. Phases of the asexual cycle There are two phases in the asexual cycle: 1. Vegetative phase – this phase involves the growth of the plant: roots, leaves and stems increase in length, and the plant increases in volume. 2. Flowering phase – the stems stop growing, and the growing points differentiate into flower buds that eventually produce flowers, fruits and seeds. Sage at flowering phase Types of Life Cycles Life cycles of plants can be classified as annual, biennial and perennial, depending on how long it takes for the plant to grow through the sexual cycle from zygote to seed production. Annuals – plants go through the entire life cycle in one season, i.e. seeds germinate, grow and produce flowers and seeds, then die in the same growing season. Biennials – plants have a two-year life cycle, i.e. seeds germinate and remain in a vegetative or juvenile state for one season. They remain dormant over winter then produce flowers and seeds in the second season then die. Biennial – Carum carvi Perennials – plants live more than two years; each year they go through the vegetativereproductive cycle. • Herbaceous perennials are plants that have shoots that die back each winter or in dry periods, then re-grow and flower the following season. They have specialised underground storage organs such as bulbs, rhizomes or crowns that enable them to survive the dormant period. • Woody perennials continue to increase in size every year. Herbaceous perennial - Nepeta faasenii Woody perennial – Lavandula sp. TERMINOLOGY Sexual propagation: A method of propagation that requires the union (fertilization) between the male and female gametes to from a single cell (the zygote) within the ovary of a flower. New plants show variability to that of the parents as it has both features. Asexual propagation: A method of propagation that involves no fusion between the male and female gametes. These methods result in a plant that is identical to the parent plant. Techniques include cuttings, division, separation, layering, tissue culture, etc. Stool bed layering: Sometimes called mound layering or stooling. Healthy plants are planted in loose friable soil one year before propagation is to start. Before mother plants start shooting in spring, they are cut back to 2.5cm above the ground level. When they are 7-12 cm long, loose soil or sawdust is heaped up around each shoot to about half its height. When shoots have grown to a total height of about 20-25cm, a second hilling operation takes place. A third and final hilling usually takes place in mid-summer when shoots have reached about 45cm. At this stage the base of the shoots will have a covering of about 15-20cm. By the end of the growing period, stool shoots should have rooted sufficiently to be removed form the parent plant. Hilling may restart the following year. This technique has been used for plants such as apple and pear rootstocks, quince, currants and gooseberries. Separation: A method of asexual propagation which involves the pulling apart of immature plants from one-another. Bulbous plans such as daffodils can be separated for one-another. Division: A method of asexual propagation involving the cutting away of plants from the parent plant. Clump forming plants are the most commonly divided plants. Use of two garden forks backto-back pushed into the plant then teased apart is a common technique of division. Plant parts that are cut should be severed with a sharp clean instrument such as a knife or secateurs. Root cuttings: A method of asexual propagation utilizing root pieces taken from young stock plants in late winter or early spring. It is important to maintain the correct polarity when planting (to avoid confusion many propagators cut the upper end flat and the lower end at a slight angle). When planting, insert cutting vertical so that top of cutting is at soil level. With many species, laying the cutting horizontally 2.5 - 5 cm deep works quite well and avoids the confusion of planting upside down. Leaf bud cuttings: A method of asexual propagation consisting of a leaf blade (lamina), petiole, and a short piece of the stem with the attached axillary bud. Top grafting: Also called top working. To change the cultivar of a tree by grafting the main scaffold branches. Budding: A form of grafting; a single vegetative bud is taken from one plant and inserted into stem tissue of another plant so that the two grow together as one plant. The inserted bud develops into a new shoot. Aerial layering: Also called marcott; an unattached aerial portion of a plant on which roots are caused to develop commonly as the result of wounding or other stimulation. Offsets: Term given to full sized bulblets (miniature meristematic bulbs in the axils of bulb scales). Approach grafting: Two independent, self-sustaining plants are grafted together. After the union has occurred, the top of the stock plant is removed above the graft and the base of the scion plant is removed below the graft. It is normally performed with one or both of the plants in containers. It is commonly used for plants where grafting is not so successful. It is best done when growth is active and rapid healing of graft union should occur. There are three methods of approach grafting: spliced, tongued and inlay.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice