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ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN HORTICULTURE (PARKS AND RECREATION) VHT009

Duration (approx) 2500 hours
Qualification Advanced Diploma

PARKS AND RECREATION DIPLOMA

"Work in parks and recreation"

This course provides training for people to work in the management and development of recreation and/or park facilities and services. It is relevant to all types of situations including municipal parks, national parks, tourist parks, commercial landscapes, resorts, etc.

 

 

 

 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN HORTICULTURE (PARKS AND RECREATION) VHT009
 ARBORICULTURE I BHT106
 BIOCHEMISTRY I (PLANTS) BSC102
 HORTICULTURE I BHT101
 INDUSTRY PROJECT BIP000
 INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS BGN101
 IRRIGATION - GARDENS BHT210
 LEISURE FACILITY MANAGEMENT I BRE205
 LEISURE MANAGEMENT II - HUMAN RESOURCES BRE104
 LEISURE MANAGEMENT III - FINANCIAL & CLERICAL BRE204
 PLAYGROUND DESIGN - BHT216
 PROJECT MANAGEMENT BBS201
 RESEARCH PROJECT I BGN102
 RESEARCH PROJECT II BGN201
 TURF CARE BHT104
 WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY VBS103
 WORKSHOP I BGN103
 WORKSHOP II BGN203
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 8 of the following 13 modules.
 AMENITY HORTICULTURE I BHT324
 AMENITY HORTICULTURE II BHT325
 AUSTRALIAN NATIVES I BHT113
 IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT (HORTICULTURE) BHT305
 LANDSCAPING I BHT109
 LANDSCAPING II BHT214 (Landscape Components)
 LEISURE MANAGEMENT IV - POLICIES & PROCEDURES BRE305
 MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (ENGINEERING I) BSC105
 PLANT KNOWLEDGE (HORTICULTURE II) BHT102
 PLANT PROTECTION BHT207
 RECREATION LEADERSHIP VRE100
 SOIL MANAGEMENT - HORTICULTURE BHT105
 SPORTS TURF MANAGEMENT BHT202

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DEVELOP A CAREER IN PARKS AND RECREATION!

  • Municipal, National, Historic, Private Parklands
  • Leisure Centres, Sports grounds, Resorts, Tourist Attractions
  • Planning, Development, Maintenance, Management

Would you like to care and manage parks, natural parks, holiday and recreation resort facilities? Then this is the course to do. This course provides training for people to work in the management and development of recreation and park facilities and services. It is relevant to all types of situations including municipal parks, national parks, tourist parks, commercial landscapes, resorts, etc.

Career Tips

Qualifications are essential for furthering your career in Parks and Recreation, however there are many other things you can do to get ahead. These include:

  • experience tips - unpaid or paid, experience is highly valued by future employers.
  • networking tips - become a member of relevant parks networking groups and join website groups related to your field.
  • membership - become a member of relevant groups in your field eg. a National Parks Association, or other professional body. This is another way to demonstrate your commitment to your career.

 
This course is going to give you exceptional insights into an industry that is dynamic and exciting to work in. You will discover opportunities you probably didn't even consider. Work opportunities extend far beyond just working in a parks department or leisure centre. The parks and leisure industry is a huge employer in most countries around the world, both in the public sector and private sector. 

Some graduates may well find jobs in government operated leisure centres, sporting facilities or parks departments, that lead along a career path to eventually become a senior manager. Others may find employment in tourist parks, conservation reserves, or commercial operations such as tourist attractions, events management, fitness centres, zoos or amusement parks.  Yet others will discover a whole world of business opportunities, to start and operate their own business providing facilities or services in  parks and/or leisure.

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Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

Meet some of our academics

John Mason (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Nurseryman, Landscaper, Garden Writer, Parks Manager and Consultant. Over 45 years experience; working in Australia and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 100 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
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.


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Garden Design Part 2Part 2 of the Garden Design Series is an inspiring accompaniment to the first book, but works equally well in its own right. The Garden Design Part 2 ebook is ideal for students and landscaping professionals. Brimming with ideas and practical advice for designing a wide variety of different gardens. You will learn about different styles of gardens and how to create a style to suit a site or client. Topics covered in this ebook include 18/ (Continuing on from Garden Design 1) Surfacing ideas, 19/ Garden arches, pergolas & pavilions, 20/ Dealing with confined spaces, 21/ Water gardens, 22/ Using plants in the garden, 23/ Formal gardens, 24/ Natural gardens, 25/ Rainforest gardens, 26/ Coastal gardens, 27/ Cottage gardens, 28/ Late Victorian/Edwardian gardens, 29/ Oriental gardens, 30/ Mediterranean gardens, 31/ Mexican style, 32/ Minimalist landscape design and 33/ Eclectic gardens.
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.