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Horticulture Herbs 600 Hours Diploma
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Horticulture Herbs course online
If your career choice is to be involved with Professional Horticulture 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.
Lesson Structure: Diploma in Horticulture (Herbs) VHT002
This course is made up of the following two PARTS:
- CORE STUDIES – at least 350 hours of study, or half the course. The student completes 15 lessons on general horticulture.
- 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.
These involve 15 lessons in general horticulture, as follows:
- Introduction to Plants
- Nomenclature and taxonomy, the plant kingdom, genus, species, hybrids
- Parts of the Plant
- How plants grow, plant structure, parts of the flower and leaf, modification of stems and roots
- Plant Culture
- Planting – How to plant and protect newly planted specimens, terms like: annuals, biennials, perennials, deciduous, evergreen and herbaceous plants
- Plant Culture Pruning
- Purposes of pruning, rules for pruning, how to prune
- Plant Culture
- Irrigation and Machinery – Different irrigation systems, components of an irrigation system, designing an irrigation system, maintenance in the garden and of tools
- Soils and Media
- Soil classifications, testing soil, potting mixes, the U.C. System, ingredients of potting mixes
- Soils and Nutrition
- Fertilisers, deficiencies and toxicities, N:P:K ratios, salting, fertiliser programming, compost
- Seeds and Cuttings – How to propagate plants with the two easiest techniques, propagating mixes, cold frame construction, after care for young plants
- Other Techniques – Other methods to increase plant numbers – budding, grafting, layering, division and tissue culture
- 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
- Identification and Use of Plants
- Problems with plants and choosing plants for problem site
- Identification and Use of Plants
- Indoor and Tropical Plants, flowers, herbs, bulbs, ferns
- Identifying and controlling pests, chemical and natural methods for control, chemical safety precautions
- Identifying and controlling diseases, plant pathology, fungi, viruses, non pathogenic problems, interactions with the host and the environment
- Identifying and controlling weeds, chemical terminology.
PLUS any TWO of the following:
- Aromatherapy VHT104
- Culinary Herbs VHT242
- Medicinal Herbs BHT227
- Lavender BHT228
- 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.
Please see lesson titles for your learning goals.
Practical (Set Tasks)
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.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,