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Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate

Study plant science  - develop your knowledge and apply it to commercial situations

  • Develop your knowledge of applying plant science.
  • Highly experienced tutors.
  • Study in your own home at your own pace.
  • Learn theoretical and skill based knowledge.

Develop a foundation for applying plant science in commercial situations. Many industries offer significant employment or business opportunities for people who have a moderate understanding of plant science, provided this knowledge is accompanied with a real sense of how it can be applied for commercial benefit in the real world. Unfortunately scientific training is often either too theoretical (lacking relevance to commerce), or too strongly skills based (i.e. how to perform tasks without a solid understanding of the science behind the task). This course is something between those extremes. The certificate consists of 8 individual modules and 100 hour Industry Meetings or Research Project.

Accreditation: International Accreditation and Recognition Council - I.A.R.C.

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

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Develop a foundation for applying plant science in commercial situations

  • Develop your knowledge of applying plant science.

  • Highly experienced tutors.

  • Study in your own home at your own pace.

  • Learn theoretical and skill based knowledge.


Many industries offer significant employment or business opportunities for people who have a moderate understanding of plant science, provided this knowledge is accompanied with a real sense of how it can be applied for commercial benefit in the real world. Unfortunately scientific training is often either too theoretical (lacking relevance to commerce), or too strongly skills based (i.e. how to perform tasks without a solid understanding of the science behind the task). This course is something between those extremes.

 
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Course Duration: 900 hours.

Start Date:
Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Content:
The course requires the successful completion of eight modules (four Core Modules and four Elective Modules), plus a 100 hour Research Project.

The Core Modules are Botany I, Trees For Rehabilitation, Biochemistry I, Professional Practice For Consultants.

Students are to select four modules from the Elective Modules - Plant Ecology,
Tissue Culture, Plant Breeding, Botany II, Biochemistry II, Biochemistry III.


THE CORE MODULES
Click on module title listed below to view further details on each.


BOTANY I - PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY BSC104
This module is primarily an introduction to plant physiology and taxonomy, with some general botany including morphology and anatomy. It satisfies the learning criteria of the Royal Horticulture Society's Module B of the Advanced Certificate in Horticulture.

The 10 lessons cover:

1.    Taxonomic Classification of Plants.
2.    Cells and Tissues.
3.    Specific Vegetative Parts of a Plant.
4.    Flowers and Fruit.
5.    Seed and the Developing Embryo.
6.    Photosynthesis and Growing Plants.
7.    Respiration.
8.    The Role of Water.
9.    Movement of Water and Assimilates through a Plant.
10.  The Effects of Growth Movements.


TREES FOR REHABILITATION (LANDCARE REAFFORESTATION) BHT205
This module develops an understanding of environmental systems and the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes with an emphasis on trees.

The lessons are:

1.    Approaches to Land Rehabilitation.
2.    Ecology of Soils and Plant Health.
3.    Introduction to Seed Propagation Techniques.
4.    Propagation and Nursery Stock.
5.    Dealing with Chemical Problems.
6.    Physical Plant Effects on Degraded Sites.
7.    Plant Establishment Programs.
8.    Hostile Environments.
9.    Plant Establishment Care.
10.  Rehabilitating Degraded Sites.


BIOCHEMISTRY I - PLANTS BSC102
Biochemistry is the chemistry of living things. This introductory module concentrates on the chemistry of plants. Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful though it is not essential.

There are 9 lessons as follows:

1.    Introduction.
2.    Lipids and Proteins.
3.    Enzymes.
4.    Nitrogen and the Nitrogen Cycle.
5.    Photosynthesis and Respiration.
6.    Assimilation and Transpiration.
7.    Acidity and Alkalinity.
8.    Chemical Analysis.
9.    Biochemical Applications.


PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE FOR CONSULTANTS BBS301
This module is a valuable guide to setting up and operating a consulting business in any profession. It has been developed to complement studies in the various disciplines taught by this school, including Psychology, Horticulture, Agriculture, Leisure Studies, Business Management and Environmental Management.

The 8 lessons are:

1.    Determining if a Consultancy Practice is for You.
2.    Planning a Consultancy Practice 1.
3.    Planning a Consultancy Practice 2.
4.    Knowing What to Charge.
5.    Setting up your Practice.
6.    Keeping Accounts & Records.
7.    How to Generate Business & Keep It.
8.    Maintaining your Consultancy Practice.


INDUSTRY MEETINGS (100 Hrs)
or RESEARCH PROJECT I
Industry Meetings can be satisfied by showing documentary proof of attendance at a combination of seminars, conferences, trade shows and/or committee meetings.

RESEARCH PROJECT I

This module develops your ability to plan and conduct research into a current issue in your chosen discipline; and to complete a descriptive report based on that research.

There are 7 lessons as follows:

1.    Determining Research Needs.
2.    Research Methods.
3.    Using Statistics.
4.    Research Reports.
5.    Searching For Information.
6.    Conducting Statistical Research.
7.    Reporting On A Research Project.


ELECTIVE MODULES
Students are to select and complete four modules from the following (please click on the module title for further information in each):

Plant Ecology BSC302
Tissue Culture BHT306
Plant Breeding BHT236
Botany II - Applied Plant Physiology BSC204
Biochemistry II BSC203
Biochemistry III (Plant Biochemical Processes) BSC302


 
HOW THE ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IS ASSESSED
The Advanced Certificate In Applied Plant Science requires approximately 900 hours of study. It is made up of eight 100 hour modules and a research project lasting 100 hours

To pass the course –

1.    Pass all assignments on the eight 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
2.    Pass eight examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.
3.    Complete a Research Project.

This qualification is accredited by IARC (International Accreditation and Recognition Council).

If you are not ready to study for the Advanced Certificate In Applied Plant Science, then each of the modules are available to study as a course in their own right.


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Meet some of our academics

Barbara Seguel B.Sc. M.Sc.Agricultural science graduate, biologist, marine scientist, aquaculturist and educator. Barbara has worked on farms, in ecotourism, education and publishing. She is widely travelled, having been educated in both California and Chile; and having worked in Hawaii, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.
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

Commercial HydroponicsThe Commercial Hydroponics ebook is ideal for students, professional horticulturalists and those who want to build a strong foundation knowledge in hydroponics. The commercial hydroponics ebook explains how to set up a commercial hydroponics system, including growing techniques and equipment that you will need. The topics covered in this book include an introduction to hydroponics, site considerations, alternatives, plant nutrition, nutrient film technique culture, rockwool culture, aggregate culture, other techniques, hydroponics equipment, greenhouse operation, plant culture in hydroponics, Vegetable crops, berry and other fruit crops, flower crops, other crops, managing a commercial hydroponic farm and a troubleshooting guide.
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
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.
Organic GardeningFor decades farmers have relied upon chemicals to control pests and diseases in order to produce saleable crops. In the ornamental, vegetable and fruit gardens reliance on chemical controls has also been the mainstay for many gardeners.