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Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate

Are you looking to move into management or ownership of a wholesale nursery?

This all-encompassing course provides a detailed foundation to forward your career or business ambitions. It covers your choice of horticulture based units under the elective component but being a management based course the key focus in the core studies is on developing a thorough understanding of how to run a business and promote it. It will appeal to owners and operators of nurseries as well as to key staff in those operations.

Benefits of Studying This Course

With some subtle differences to our Advanced Certificate in Applied Management (Retail Nursery), take this course if you wish to:

  • learn about management and marketing, but with a bias towards the horticulture sector.
  • advance your career and move into a management position within the industry.
  • look to own a business and need to expand your knowledge.

Those completing this course are likely to be in the following fields:

  • Nursery & propagation
  • Nursery management
  • Horticulture management
  • Supervisory & foreman roles
  • Retail nursery owner/operator
  • Market gardening
  • Crops management
  • Hydroponics management


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED MANAGEMENT (WHOLESALE NURSERY) VBS001
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 0 of the following 4 modules.

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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: Study four Core Modules, three Elective Modules, and complete a Workplace Project.

The Core Modules cover the business areas and are common to all Advanced Certificate In Applied Management Courses.

The Elective Modules will develop the students knowledge of arboriculture and relate to the selection and culture of plants, with particular emphasis on trees.

The Workplace Project is a 200 hours project relevant to the students field of study. The project aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study. In addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 4 modules by clicking the links - Research Project I, Industry Project I, Industry Project II, Workshop I 





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Meet some of our academics

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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