Full Time Advanced National Certificate/Diploma in Horticulture

BCA (Berkshire College of Agriculture)
In Maidenhead

Price on request
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Important information

Typology Vocational qualification
Location Maidenhead
Duration 1 Year
  • Vocational qualification
  • Maidenhead
  • Duration:
    1 Year

Successful completion provides progression onto the National Certificate.


Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Bca Hall Place Burchetts Green, SL6 6QR, Berkshire, England
Starts On request
Bca Hall Place Burchetts Green, SL6 6QR, Berkshire, England

Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

This programme is suitable for school leavers or mature students looking for a career change. You should have four GCSEs at Grade D or above, or a Level 1 qualification in a related subject at Merit level. Progression Routes Successfully completion of this programme at merit or distinction level provides progression onto the National Certifiate/Diploma programme.

Course programme

Advanced National Certificate/Diploma in Horticulture (1 year)
This full-time programme is available over one year as an Advanced National Certificate, or two years as an Advanced National Diploma. It has been developed to meet the needs of people wishing to enter the industry in a supervisory role, or run their own business. Programme Content
The programme will further develop your skills if you already work in the industry, or if you wish to develop skills already gained on a previous course. The ten modules in the first year, and eight units in the second year cover the whole range of knowledge and skills required to produce the high quality of work vital in a successful business.

Plant physiology in relation to horticulture industries
Maintenance of health and safety in the amenity horticulture industries
Plant health and protection
Plant knowledge
Prepare landscape and garden design briefs
Prepare for a supervisory/technical role in horticulture
Principles and practices of landscape and garden design
Site surveying and setting out
Detail, cost and manage landscape projects
Establish and manage plants outdoors
Research and investigation project
Small business operations in horticulture
Business management in horticultural businesses
Specify, programme and monitor landscape projects
Computer Aided Design in land-based industries
Establish and manage interior plant displays
Historical influences on the design of gardens
Tree surveys and inspections
To complete the Advanced National Certificate, candidates are required to complete 10 units plus a 2.5 hour written exam. A second year, involving eight additional modules and one additional exam will award candidates the Advanced National Diploma in Horticulture.
Entry Requirements
A range of entry routes are available on this programme. These include:
NCH City and Guilds at merit level or above
A standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to four GCSE†s at Grades A â€"C, including Maths, English and Science
Applications from mature learners with relevant work experience are welcome.
Upon successful completion of this course, students may find work as skilled horticulturists working for an organisation in production/amenity horticulture, garden design, landscape management or other related subject.

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