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( S Martin, 20/08/2013 ) Q: Your course title says diploma, while the description says certificate. Which is it please?
( 23/08/2013 ) A: Hello there, We would categorise this course as an Advanced Diploma. I've read over the text and it is a bit confusing so I will look into getting this changed.

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Retail Nursery Management 800 Hours Advanced Diploma

Study, Learn, and Work in A Garden Centre or Retail Nursery.

This course is suitable for:

  1.     Those wanting to begin their career in the nursery industry, as well as for people already working within the nursery field.
  2.     Starting your Own Business
  3.     Seeking  employment in the Nursery Industry
  4.     Improving your skills and advance your career

LESSON STRUCTURE

This course is comprised of:

*Core Modules:   - Four (4) units (400 hours) of compulsory subjects for all students.

*Elective Modules: – Three (3) stream units for the development of knowledge in a chosen industry sector.

*Project: – a workplace project of 200 hrs relevant to your field of study. The project specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study. Contact the school for more information.


Modules
Core Modules:    These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate In Applied Management (Retail Nursery).
     Business Operations VBS006
     Management VBS105
     Marketing Foundations VBS109
     Office Practices VBS102
 
Stream Modules:    Studied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
   Horticulture I BHT101
   Nursery Sales Assistant VHT103
   Garden Centre Management BHT213
 
Elective Modules:    In addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 4 modules.
     Industry Project BIP000
     Industry Project II BIP001
     Research Project I BGN102
     Workshop I BGN103
 

Please Note:   each module in the Advanced Diploma In Applied Management (Retail Nursery) is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

What is Covered?

CORE UNITS Click on each module for more details

Office Practices
Develops basic office skills covering use of equipment, communication systems (telephone, fax, etc) and office procedures such as filing, security, workplace organisations, etc.

Business Operations
Develops knowledge of basic business operations and procedures (eg. types of businesses, financial management, business analysis, staffing, productivity, etc) and the skills to develop a 12 month business plan.
 
Management
Develops knowledge of management structures, terminology, supervision, recruitment and workplace health and safety.
 
Marketing Foundations.
Develops a broad understanding of marketing and specific skills in writing advertisements, undertaking market research, developing an appropriate marketing plan and selling.

 
STREAM STUDIES:

HORTICULTURE I

There are 12 lessons in this course:

1.     Plant Identification: Naming plants; distinguishing the taxonomic divisions of plants including family, genus, species and variety or hybrid; identifying the 
        different parts of a flower; distinguishing the  morphological characteristics of leaves.
2.     Planting: Planting methods used for different types of plants including annuals, perennials, evergreen and deciduous plants; influence of environmental factors on planting techniques.
3.     Soils: Classifying soils; sampling and testing soils; chemical and physical properties of soils; soil improvement techniques; composting; potting mixes.
4.     Nutrition: Major and micro elements necessary for plant growth; nutrient deficiencies and toxicities; fertilisers.
5.     Water Management: Irrigation systems – characteristics, advantages and disadvantages; drainage systems; waterwise gardening.
6.     Pruning: Pruning techniques; importance of pruning to growth, flowering and fruiting; pruning tools.
7.     Weeds: Identifying common weeds; characteristics of weeds; control techniques; herbicides.
8.     Pests and Diseases: Identifying common insect and disease problems; control methods; Integrated Pest Management; pesticides; hygiene procedures; chemical safety.
9.     Landscaping: Stages of landscaping; design procedures; collating pre-planning information; preparing plans; selecting plants for specified sites.
10.   Propagation: Asexual and sexual propagation; taking cuttings; sowing seeds; aftercare of propagated plants.
11.   Lawns: Turf grass varieties; laying a new lawn; cultural techniques including watering, fertilizing, topdressing, aerating, pest and disease control.
12.    Arboriculture: Tree management techniques including pruning, removal and tree surgery; identifying tree problems.

 

GARDEN CENTRE MANAGEMENT

There are 12 lessons:

  1.     Introduction: Plant classification, plant cultural requirements, soil and nutrition, watering requirements, drainage, temperature, light, humidity.
  2.     Plant Health: How to diagnose a problem, pests, diseases, nutrient deficiencies, frost, sunburn, chemical damage, insufficient light, overwatering.
  3.     Stock Maintenance: Quality standards, buying new stock, inspecting stock, extending stock life, disposing of below-standard stock, watering techniques, fertilising, pest and disease control.
  4.     Display and Display Techniques: Display units, product location, sales area layout.
  5.     Garden Product Knowledge I: Plant containers, tags, soil mixes, equipment, tools.
  6.     Garden Product Knowledge II: Chemicals, fertilisers, baskets, terrariums, cut flowers.
  7.     Indoor Plants: Major groups, common problems, plants for specific situations, customer attitudes.
  8.     Container Stock: Trees and Shrubs.
  9.     Seedlings, Bulbs, Herbs and Perennials.
  10.     A: Deciduous Trees, Fruit, Nuts, Berries. B. Seed.
  11.     Marketing: Pricing strategy, advertising, promotions.
  12.     Management: Staff control, staff productivity, work scheduling.

 

NURSERY SALES SKILLS

There are 5 lessons:

  1.     Introduction to Plant Identification: Understanding plant classification and pronunciation of plant names.
  2.     Sales Skills: Determining different types of customers; developing the communication skills to sell, including how to open and close a sale.
  3.     Caring for Plants: Planting techniques, understanding soils, plant nutrition and pest management.
  4.     Selecting the Right Plant for the Right Place: How to create different moods using plants.
  5.     Advising Customers in a Nursery: Developing good communication skills, knowing your product, plant placement.

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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 Roses Susan Stephenson Horticulture tutorSusan 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 Horticulture tutorSteven 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. 

Course Info
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.
Course StartBegin your learning at any time.
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: 80 - U.S. Credit Hours: 24 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to learn as much as you can, with no assignment deadlines or end date by which you must complete your course by. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the Moodle online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed. They will also mark and grade your assignments, plus provide constructive and helpful feedback vital to your success.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Doing the job right using the correct knowledge and skills, leads to repeat business and referrals to friends, family and work colleagues. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to achieve this and grow your business.
Recognition of Your Course By EmployersWe aim to achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning, to empower you to succeed. If you can demonstrate that you have the level of knowledge and transferable skills necessary to an employer, you should stand out from someone who has only received a superficial understanding of what's required - Select study option A when enrolling, so an employer can check the status of the awarding organisation for your qualification on the Ofqual Register.
Recognition of Your Course By UniversitiesAs you will see on our Testimonials page, previous students have used their qualification from us to get into university. However each one will have its own entrance criteria and acceptance may also depend on your other qualifications and experience. We can approach up to three universities on your behalf with details of our course before you enrol, so you will know whether it will be accepted as part of their application process. Please complete our contact form and we will begin the process.
Designing Your Own QualificationBundle up your choice of related courses to form your own qualification. Our Advanced Certificates (4 courses), Diplomas (6 courses), Advanced Diplomas (8 courses) and Higher Advanced Diplomas (12 courses), are used to differentiate between the in-depth knowledge and skills you will acquire in your chosen area of study. e.g. Advanced Certificate in Turf Care Management, which includes individual courses: Turf Care, Sports Turf Care, Turf Repair and Renovation and Turf Grasses.
How Can I Enrol?Online by selecting your study option, learning materials, plus payment option and then clicking the Enrol Now button - By contacting us for an application form - By telephoning us on 01227 789 649 (International: 0044 1227 789 649). Lines open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
How Can I Get a Pro-forma Invoice for my Employer?Contact us with details and we will email your employer an invoice. We will need: employer's name, address, telephone number, email address and contact name. We will also require your name, telephone number, email address, date of birth and the course and code you wish to enrol for.
Retail Nursery Management 800 Hours Advanced Diploma

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"Fantastic Teacher. Well organised modules. Assignments force me to learn and research more so I can prepare well for exams. I really enjoyed studying via ADL.  I can now continue study at Ulster University which accept my certificate from ADL".    Level 4,  Advanced Certificate in Applied Science,  VSC001,  Stanislawa,  Poland.

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