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ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA IN HORTICULTURE VHT005

Duration (approx) 1500 hours
Qualification Associate Diploma

A comprehensive horticultural qualification for the serious horticulturalist.

Become a horticulture expert!

  • A course that focuses on learning rather than assessment
  • Strong emphasis on plant knowledge and science
  • After finishing, option to upgrade to an advanced diploma with an additional 10 modules.

Taught and written by world leaders in horticulture. 

 Develop your understanding of horticulture. 

Well respected qualification; developed and taught by industry leaders for decades.

Benefits of Studying This Course

This course builds on our Advanced Certificate in Horticulture. It allows students to go into further depth and add some more science based modules to their repertoire. The upshot is a thorough grounding in horticulture which will stand graduates in great stead for a range of careers, in particular roles in the following areas:

  • Parks & gardens
  • Horticulture management
  • Supervisory & foreman roles
  • Research
  • Horticulture retail
  • Nursery work

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA IN HORTICULTURE VHT005
 BOTANY I - PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY BSC104 S2
 HORTICULTURE I BHT101 S3
 HORTICULTURE III (PLANT HEALTH) BHT116 S2
 IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT (HORTICULTURE) BHT305 S3
 PLANT TAXONOMY BHT344 S4
 PRACTICAL HORTICULTURE 1 BHT238 S3
 PROPAGATION I - BHT108 S3
 SOIL MANAGEMENT - HORTICULTURE BHT105 S2
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 7 of the following 49 modules.
 AMENITY HORTICULTURE I BHT324 S3
 AMENITY HORTICULTURE II BHT325 S3
 AQUAPONICS BHT319 S1
 AROMATHERAPY VHT104 S2
 BERRY PRODUCTION BHT309 S2
 BOTANY II - APPLIED PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (BSC204) S3
 COMMERCIAL ORGANIC VEGETABLE GROWING VHT241 S3
 COMMERCIAL VEGETABLE PRODUCTION BHT222 S3
 CROPS I (OUTDOOR PLANT PRODUCTION) BHT112 S2
 CULINARY HERBS VHT242 S2
 CUT FLOWER PRODUCTION BHT221 S3
 CUTTING PROPAGATION BHT211 S3
 DRONE TECHNOLOGY (BIT207) S2
 ECOTHERAPY PRACTICE BPS220 S3
 FRUIT PRODUCTION -TEMPERATE CLIMATE BHT218 S2
 FRUIT PRODUCTION -WARM CLIMATE BHT217 S2
 GARDEN CENTRE MANAGEMENT BHT255 S3
 GARDEN MAINTENANCE VHT100 S2
 GARDENING WITH TROPICAL PLANTS AHT109 S2
 GREEN WALLS AND ROOFS BHT256 S2
 GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT BHT257 S3
 HERB CULTURE BHT114 S3
 HORTICULTURAL MARKETING BHT304 S2
 HYDROPONICS I BHT224 S3
 LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION BHT111 S3
 LANDSCAPING I BHT109 S2
 MANAGING NOTABLE GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES BHT340 S2
 MEDICINAL HERBS BHT227 S2
 MUSHROOM PRODUCTION BHT310 S2
 NURSERY GROWERS COURSE VHT101 S2
 NURSERY HANDS COURSE VHT102 S2
 NURSERY SALES ASSISTANT VHT103 S1
 OENOLOGY-WINEMAKING BHT258 S3
 ORGANIC FARMING BAG305 S3
 ORGANIC PLANT CULTURE BHT 302 S2
 PLANNING LAYOUT AND CONSTRUCTION OF ORNAMENTAL GARDENS BHT242 S3
 PLANT BREEDING BHT236 S3
 PLANT CONSERVATION BHT346 S3
 PLANT SELECTION AND ESTABLISHMENT - BHT107 S2
 PRACTICAL HORTICULTURE 2 BHT323 S3
 PRODUCTION/WHOLESALE NURSERY MANAGEMENT BHT212 S3
 PROTECTED PLANT PRODUCTION - BHT223 S2
 SEED PROPAGATION BHT237 S2
 SOIL MICROBIOME BSC310 S3
 TURF CARE BHT104 S3
 TURF REPAIR AND RENOVATION BHT303 S3
 VITICULTURE BHT220 S2
 WARM CLIMATE NUTS BHT308 S2
 WEED CONTROL BHT209 S2

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Train for a Change in Career and Lifestyle.

Horticulture is for most horticulturists more than just a career. It is a passion and lifestyle. This is an industry where people enjoy the luxury to be paid for something they love doing; and to work at something that doesn't end abruptly when you retire.

ACS OFFERS
Quality courses in a flexible learning package.

  • Fit studies around your life commitments.
  • No time restrictions for completion.
  • Tutor support for the duration of your studies.
  • Online or eLearning study options

Learning applicable to the real world

  •  The course includes practical elements enabling students to apply knowledge as they learn.

Any questions?

If you would like to learn more about your chosen field, why not enrol today or please ask a tutor if you have any questions.

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    Meet some of our academics

    Marie Beerman B.Sc.,M.Hort.Marie has been involved in horticulture since 2003. She completed a Masters degree in Horticulture at Hannover University in Germany in 2007, and has worked with ACS since 2011 She has co-authored of several ebooks including one on Roses and has a very sound knowledge and experience with horticultural science and research ranging from plant taxonomy and plant breeding to pest, disease and soil management.,
    Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
    Diana Cole (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Permaculturist, Landscaper, Environmentalist. Holds a Diploma in Horticulture, degree in geography, permaculture certificate and various other qualifications. Between 1985 and 94, Diana was a task leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Since 2001 she has been chairperson of the Friends of Mellor Park (with Stockport MDC). From 2005 she has worked exclusively in horticulture as proprietor of her own garden design and consultancy business in and around Derbyshire; and at the same time as part time manager of a small garden centre. Diana has been an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor with ACS since 2008.
    Yvonne Sharpe (Horticulturist)Started gardening in 1966, studied a series of horticulture qualifications throughout the 1980's and 90's, culminating in an RHS Master of Horticulture. Between 89 and 1994, she worked teaching in horticultural therapy. Founded the West Herts Garden Association in 1990 and exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show in 1991. In 1994, Yvonne joined the staff at Oaklands College, and between 1996 and 2000 was coordinator for all Amenity Horticulture courses at that college. Since leaving Oakland she has been active as a horticultural consultant, retail garden centre proprietor and sessional lecturer (across many colleges in southern England). In 2000, she also completed a Diploma in Management.


    Check out our eBooks

    Getting Work in HorticultureExplore what it is like to work in horticulture; how diverse this industry is, how to get a start, and how to build a sustainable, long term and diverse career that keeps your options broad, so you can move from sector to sector as demand and fashion changes across your working life.
    Fruit, Vegetables and HerbsThe Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs ebook is ideal for students, professionals and home gardening enthusiasts alike. Fruit, Vegetable and Herbs provides an overview in techniques to produce food in the garden. Topics covered within this course include 1/ Food from the garden, 2/ Deciding what to grow, 3/ Successful growing, 4/ Fruits, 4-1/ Deciduous fruit trees, 4-2/ Citrus fruits, 4-3/ Tropical fruits, 4-4/ Berries, 4-5/ Nuts, 4-6/ Vine crops, 4-7/ Using produce, 5/ Vegetables, 6/ Mushrooms, 7/ Special growing techniques
    Plant Pests & DiseasesAre you one of those people that kill every plant you touch? Perhaps it's not you. Perhaps it's a pest or disease. A little bit of reading might just turn your garden into an oasis. Learn how to identify pests and diseases and bring the spring back into your plant...visit the bookshop to find out more...
    What to Plant WhereA great guide for choosing the right plant for a particular position in the garden. Thirteen chapters cover: plant selection, establishment, problems, and plants for wet areas. Shade, hedges and screens, dry gardens, coastal areas, small gardens, trees and shrubs, lawns and garden art.