Otago Polytechnic

General and Amenity Horticulture programme (Level 3)

Location

Dunedin

Duration
One year full-time
Delivery

On campus with hands-on training in the field and four weeks of work experience 

Credits
130
Level
3
Start
February 2018
Apply
until start date
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    11 February 2019
Do you want to enter the horticulture industry?

New Zealand’s diverse and robust horticulture and related industries have experienced steady growth over recent years and this looks set to continue in the future. This means that qualified and experienced horticulturalists are in demand across the country.

Based in Dunedin, this qualification will give you the work-ready skills needed to enter a range of sectors in the horticulture industry.

During this programme, you will learn about sustainable growing methods, permaculture, plant propagation, plant and soil science, and how to identify and grow healthy plants. In addition, this is combined with the opportunity to develop your skills in amenity horticulture (the care and maintenance of plants in parks and gardens). 

You will receive a mix of hands-on and theoretical learning using our nursery facilities, permaculture garden, Living Campus grounds and other sites such as the beautiful, internationally-acclaimed Dunedin Botanic Garden.

Field trips and work experience are important parts of the programme; these will help you to connect with those already working in this dynamic industry.

Graduates of this programme will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity).

Skills required
  • Physical fitness
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Good communication and team work skills
  • A good work ethic
  • An eye for detail
Entry requirements
  • Open entry
  • If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate an IELTS overall band score (academic) of at least 5.0, with no band score less than 5.0, issued within the last two years OR equivalent acceptable English proficiency. 
You will study   
Courses Credits

Plant and Soil Science (Understand and apply knowledge of plant and soil structure and processes in horticulture)

  • Describe plant structure and processesand apply these to the growing of plants.
  • Describe soil properties and processesand apply these to the growing of plants.

15

Plant Identification and Selection (Identify, describe, select and name plants in horticulture)

  • Identify and describe plants and their characteristics and uses.
  • Identify and apply plant naming conventions.
  • Select plants for use in specific horticulture contexts.

15

Plant Health (Identify and control a range of common pests, diseases, disorders and weeds in horticulture)

  • Identify and describe common pests, diseases, disorders and weeds in horticulture.
  • Describe and apply solutions to plant health problems in horticulture.

15

 

Sustainable Growing (Understand and apply the principles and practices of sustainable growing systems) 

  • Describe the features of natural systems.
  • Apply sustainable techniques to the growing of plants.

 15

 Communication (Work as effective team members in the horticulture sector) 

  • Cooperate and participate within a horticulture team.
  • Communicate effectively using a range of techniques.
  • Listen and respond appropriately to team members and colleagues.

 10

Health and Safety, Machinery and Lawn Care (Establish and maintain lawns, use machinery and apply health and safety procedures in horticulture)

  • Apply health and safety procedures in horticulture.
  • Use and maintain horticultural machinery and equipment. 
  • Establish and maintain amenity lawns.

 15

 

Plant Propagation (Propagate plants for use in amenity horticulture)

  • Apply a range of plant propagation techniques to the growing of amenity plants.
  • Select and use appropriate media for the propagation and growing of plants.
  • Maintain plant propagation records.

 15

 

Planting (Plant and establish plants in gardens and open spaces) 

  • Plant and establish a range of amenity plants in gardens and open spaces.
  • Plant and establish indigenous plant communities.

10

Maintenance of Amenity Areas (Care for, and maintain, parks and open spaces)

  • Develop, care for, and maintain amenity horticulture areas.

 20

Selection procedure 
  • Applications are processed on a first come-first served basis until the programme has reached capacity.
Additional costs

You are required to buy some items of personal protective equipment, personal stationery and textbooks. All costs below are approximate only. 

  • Steel toecap boots ($100 - $200)
  • Secateurs ($40 - $120)
  • Gloves ($15 - $25)
  • Class 5 earmuffs ($40 - $50)
  • Safety glasses ($15 - $25)
  • Camera ($100 - $200)
  • Printing and photo printing ($30)
  • Textbooks ($300)
  • Stationery ($25) 

Financial assistance is available through StudyLink under Course-related Costs. See Student Loans and Allowances section below for more information.

Please note that many suppliers offer student discounts once you have enrolled and it is preferred that you wait until the first week of your programme before purchasing these items.

Your workload 

On average you will undertake four days a week of practical instruction and theoretical teaching. In addition to this you will carry out your own self-directed study. It is expected that you will participate in four weeks of work experience during your programme.  

Programme specific risks 

There are a number of health and safety issues associated with the practical delivery of horticulture training. You will be advised of the physical risks and requirements of the programme either in person or by telephone before you enrol. You will be advised of the need to purchase the listed personal protective clothing and equipment and the reasons for this. 

Risks include injury to the body due to the physical nature of horticultural work (manual labour, lifting, bending, uneven terrain, falls from working at heights, eyesight) and from using sharp tools and equipment (secateurs, hand saws, spades, lawnmowers) and small machinery. There is a risk from poisonous plants, insect stings, the physical environment (excessive heat or cold, wet weather), working in isolation, chemical handling (limited) and machinery noise. 

Student loans and allowances  

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.

For more information 

Please email the Programme Leader, lisa.burton@op.ac.nz

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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