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Horticulture I 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Horticulture Online Course
Gain a broad technical grounding in horticultural principles and practice with this distance learning Horticulture Online Course from ADL
Apply horticultural basics to all situations.
The ideal course for the beginner, this is a basic, yet thoroughly practical course. Each lesson involves plant identification.
This module has been written to teach horticulture in a way relevant to all parts of the world. It puts aside regional techniques, and tries to teach you principles and concepts which can be applied to anywhere.
By the end of the course, you will have learned to:
- Scientifically identify around 100 plants
- Understand soils
- Propagate plants
- Prune plants
- Identify and control pests and diseases
- Control weeds
- Establish, repair and care for turf
- Plan and draw a simple garden design
I would like to submit my Horticulture I BHT101 assignment 10 on Landscaping for marking please to my tutor, Sue Stephenson.
This assignment has been a really interesting one for me and has taken me much longer than normal, but, I’ve enjoyed working on it as I’ve never ‘attemtpted’ to put together a garden design before – very thought provoking. Thing is, it’s like a painting isn’t it, how do you know when it is finished!” Tracey R, Horticulture I BHT101, UK
Lesson Structure: Horticulture I BHT101
There are 13 lessons in this course:
1 Plant identification
- Naming plants
- Distinguishing the taxonomic divisions of plants including family, genus, species and variety or hybrid
- Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons
- Characteristics of botanical families
- Structure and arrangement of leaves and leaflets
- Leaf terminology
- Leaf arrangements
- Flower structure and identifying the different parts of a flower
- How seeds form
- Plant reviews
- Collecting and pressing plants for herbaria
- Garden terminology
- Common garden problems
- Basic planting procedure
- Fertilising and staking when planting
- Dealing with bare rooted plants
- Time of planting
- Deciding where to plant
- Making garden beds
- Raised beds
- Sunken beds
- Planting terminology
3 Recognising plant families and identifying plants
- Becoming familiar with plant families
- Botanical Latin
- Systematic examination of plants – dicot or monocot, type of wood, etc
- Characteristics of important families including: Amaryllidaceae, Araceae, Asteraceae, Ericaceae, Lamiaceae, Fabaceae.
- Getting to know more common families
- Other ways to identify plants
- Plants for shade
- Plants for exposed conditions
- Plants for inner city gardens
- Purpose of soil
- Soil structure: classifying soils
- Soil water and air
- Soil temperature
- Soil pH
- Nutrient availability
- Naming a soil
- Improving soils
- Natural plant foods
- Sampling and testing soils
- Potting soil mixes
- Soil terminology
5 Plant nutrition
- The nutrient elements
- Major elements
- Minor elements
- Diagnosis of nutrient problems
- Fertilizers: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium
- How much fertilizer to apply
6 Water management
- Introduction to irrigation
- Feasibility of irrigation
- Soil and water
- When to irrigate
- Water deficiency symptoms
- Types of soil moisture; gravitational, capillary, hygroscopic
- Measuring water available to plants
- Rooting depths of plants
- Estimating water requirements
- Pumps, sprinklers and other equipment
- Understanding hydraulics
- Conventional sprinkler systems; portable, permanent, semi permanent
- Cyclic watering
- Pulse watering
- Irrigation scheduling
- Sprinkler spacing
- Improving soils for water management
- Erosion management
- Soil compaction
7 Garden maintenance and weeds
- Cost of garden maintenance
- Comparing more and less costly areas of the garden.
- Common weeds and their identification
- Weed control methods – chemical and non chemical
- Plants that become invasive
- Environmental weeds
8 Pests and diseases
- Pest and disease overview
- Preventative measures for managing pest and disease
- Review of major pest problems and control options: Aphis, Borers, Caterpillar, Leaf Miner, Mealy Bug, Red Spider, Scale, etc
- Review of major diseases and their control: Anthracnose, Black Leg, Rots, Botrytis, Damping off, Die back, Mildew, Rust etc.
- Diagnosis of problems
- Introduction to plant pathology and entomology
- Chemical pesticides and basic toxicology
- Integrated pest management
- Reasons for pruning
- Identifying bud types
- Basic rules of pruning
- Pruning in a home orchard
- Winter pruning tools
- Examples of winter pruning; Crepe Myrtle, Hydrangea, Raspberry, Fuchsia, Kiwi Fruit, Grevillea, etc
- Rose pruning
- Introduction and pre planning information
- Plant selection criteria
- Covering the ground
- Living plant cover
- Container growing outside
- General considerations
- Methods of propagation: seed propagation and vegetative propagation
- Propagation structures: cold frames
- Cutting propagation
- Factors affecting rooting of cuttings
- Turf grass varieties
- Review of common turf species
- Laying a new lawn
- Common turf problems
- Cultural techniques including watering, fertilizing, topdressing, aerating, pest and disease control.
- What is arboriculture
- How to keep trees healthy
- Where and how to cut trees to remove branches or prune
- Why remove a tree
- Ways to fell a tree
- Removing a stump
- Tree surgery; terms and techniques
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school’s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Learning Goals: Horticulture I BHT101
- Distinguish between different plants, to enable identification of the plant species.
- Explain appropriate procedures for establishing a range of plants in different conditions.
- Describe the characteristics of plant growing media necessary for healthy plant growth.
- Explain the characteristics of plant nutrition necessary for healthy plant growth.
- Determine appropriate water management procedures for healthy plant growth.
- Understand appropriate procedures for pruning plants on a horticultural site.
- Determine solutions for the management of a range of common weeds.
- Determine solutions for the management of a range of common pests and diseases.
- Prepare a concept plan for the development of a garden.
- Understand commonly used plant propagation techniques.
- Develop guidelines for general lawn care.
- Develop guidelines for general tree care in a horticultural situation.
- To identify, propagate and care for 80 different types of plants.
- The systematic way plants are classified.
- Structure and parts of a flower.
- To identify different leaf shapes.
- Different ways to control weeds.
- Simple soil tests.
- Making propagating and potting mixes.
- Identifying pest and disease problems.
- How and why to prune different plants.
- Drawing a simple garden sketch plan.
- To plant or repair a lawn; and lots more.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Distinguish between plants in order to identify at least 120 plants on plant review sheets.
- Plant out a container plant following a recommended procedure.
- Sample and carry out simple tests on different soils.
- Identify a range of nutrient problems in plants.
- Identify a range of pest and disease problems in plants.
- Demonstrate the correct procedure for pruning a plant.
- Identify a range of different plants, based on their flower and leaf structures.
- Determine appropriate procedures for planting according to type of plant and site.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how to care for plants in the garden.
- Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate plant selection for a range of different sites.
- Identify a range of plant health problems and describe appropriate chemical and non-chemical control methods to control those problems.
- Identify characteristics of plant growing media necessary for healthy plant growth.
- Explain the importance of organic matter in soil management.
- Describe the principles and techniques of composting.
- Determine nutrient problems and describe chemical and non-methods for overcoming these problems.
- Identify management solutions to a range of plant problems including weeds, pests and diseases.
- Explain the principles of Integrated Pest Management.
- Determine appropriate water management practices applicable to plant growth.
- Describe the characteristics of irrigation and drainage systems.
- Describe the importance of pruning to plant growth, flowering and fruiting.
- Describe safe use of chemicals.
- Develop criteria for selecting suitable plants for a landscape project.
- Prepare concept plans for landscape redevelopment.
- Draw a concept plan for a garden redevelopment.
- Demonstrate the correct procedure for taking cuttings from a range of plants.
- Distinguish between different pre-germination seed requirements and techniques, for different plant species.
- Determine appropriate turf species for different purposes and chosen climatic conditions.
- Explain the composition of lawn seed mixes and fertilizers.
- Observe and report on lawn management techniques.
- Determine solutions to lawn problems.
- Explain the cause and effect of common tree problems.
- Determine appropriate methods for treating tree problems.
- The ideal course for the beginner, this is a basic, yet thoroughly practical course.ÃÂ A section of each lesson involves plant identification.
- This subject has been written to teach horticulture in a way that is relevant to all parts of the world. It puts aside regional techniques, and tries to teach you principles and concepts which can be applied to anywhere.
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
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships 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. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
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. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
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, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
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. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
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; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels 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. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
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.,