Advanced Diploma in Retail Nursery Management
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Advanced Diploma in Retail Nursery Management
Study, Learn, and Work in A Garden Centre or Retail Nursery.
This course is suitable for:
- Those wanting to begin their career in the nursery industry, as well as for people already working within the nursery field.
- Starting your Own Business
- Seeking employment in the Nursery Industry
- Improving your skills and advance your career
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.
Core Modules: These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate In Applied Management (Retail Nursery).
Business Operations VBS006
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
Develops basic office skills covering use of equipment, communication systems (telephone, fax, etc) and office procedures such as filing, security, workplace organisations, etc.
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.
Develops knowledge of management structures, terminology, supervision, recruitment and workplace health and safety.
Develops a broad understanding of marketing and specific skills in writing advertisements, undertaking market research, developing an appropriate marketing plan and selling.
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.
There are 12 lessons:
- Introduction: Plant classification, plant cultural requirements, soil and nutrition, watering requirements, drainage, temperature, light, humidity.
- Plant Health: How to diagnose a problem, pests, diseases, nutrient deficiencies, frost, sunburn, chemical damage, insufficient light, overwatering.
- Stock Maintenance: Quality standards, buying new stock, inspecting stock, extending stock life, disposing of below-standard stock, watering techniques, fertilising, pest and disease control.
- Display and Display Techniques: Display units, product location, sales area layout.
- Garden Product Knowledge I: Plant containers, tags, soil mixes, equipment, tools.
- Garden Product Knowledge II: Chemicals, fertilisers, baskets, terrariums, cut flowers.
- Indoor Plants: Major groups, common problems, plants for specific situations, customer attitudes.
- Container Stock: Trees and Shrubs.
- Seedlings, Bulbs, Herbs and Perennials.
- A: Deciduous Trees, Fruit, Nuts, Berries. B. Seed.
- Marketing: Pricing strategy, advertising, promotions.
- Management: Staff control, staff productivity, work scheduling.
There are 5 lessons:
- Introduction to Plant Identification: Understanding plant classification and pronunciation of plant names.
- Sales Skills: Determining different types of customers; developing the communication skills to sell, including how to open and close a sale.
- Caring for Plants: Planting techniques, understanding soils, plant nutrition and pest management.
- Selecting the Right Plant for the Right Place: How to create different moods using plants.
- Advising Customers in a Nursery: Developing good communication skills, knowing your product, plant placement.
This course is taught by:
BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, (University of Bath); RHS General Examination; FI Hort; MIfpra.
An experienced and professional horticulturist with extensive management skills gained internationally; experienced in landscape management, staff supervision and management, written and oral communication, horticultural knowledge and application, supported by organisational and administrative skills and attention to detail.
Katie brings 20 years experience in Horticulture and is an accomplished lecturer, horticulture consultant and freelance writer. Katie is a judge for the International Awards for Liveable Communities in the Whole City Category.
Katie also worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France for approx 5 years first as a Sector Manager and then as an Area Manager; management of the cemeteries, peripatetic teams of gardeners (UK & French nationality) for the constructed cemeteries and memorials and static French nationality gardeners for small town/village plots.
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.
Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and 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.
She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.
|Course Start||Anytime, Anywhere|
|Recognised Issuing Body||TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.|
|Course Prerequisite||No, start at anytime|
|Course Qualification||Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Retail Nursery Management|
|Exam Required?||Finalised with an exam/test|
|UK Course Credits||80 Credits|
|US Course Credit Hours||24 Credit Hours|
|Study Support||You'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.|
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