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Qualification - Advanced Diploma In Horticulture (Crops)

Course CodeVHT009
Fee CodeAD
Duration (approx)2400 hours
QualificationAdvanced Diploma

Learn Production Horticulture by Distance Education

  • As a grower, manager, farmer
  • As a technician, consultant
  • In allied trades (marketing, business or management


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Advanced Diploma In Horticulture (Crops).
 Biochemistry I (Plants) BSC102
 Botany I - Plant Physiology And Taxonomy BSC104
 Crops I (Outdoor Plant Production) BHT112
 Horticultural Research I BHT118
 Machinery and Equipment (Engineering I) BSC105
 Soil Management - Horticulture BHT105
 Horticultural Research II BHT241
 Horticultural Resource Management BHT203
 Plant Protection BHT207
 Protected Plant Production BHT223
 Horticultural Marketing BHT304
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 14 of the following 32 modules.
 Forestry BAG109
 Workshop I BGN103
 Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
 Culinary Herbs VHT242
 Cut Flower Production BHT221
 Cutting Propagation BHT211
 Fruit Production (Temperate Climate) BHT218
 Fruit Production (Warm Climate) BHT217
 Greenhouse Management BHT257
 Hydroponics I BHT224
 Hydroponics II - Hydroponic Management BHT213
 Medicinal Herbs BHT227
 Nut Production BHT219
 Oenology BHT258
 Permaculture Systems BHT201
 Seed Propagation BHT237
 Viticulture BHT220
 Workshop II BGN203
 Advanced Permaculture BHT301
 Agronomy II (Growing Grain Crops) BAG309
 Agronomy III (Root Crops) BAG310
 Agronomy IV - Arable Farming Legumes BAG311
 Agronomy V - Oil Crops BAG312
 Agronomy VI - Fibre Crops BAG313
 Aquaponic Farming BHT319
 Berry Production BHT309
 Bush Tucker Plants: Growing and Using BHT328
 Hydroponics III BHT321
 Mushroom Production BHT310
 Oil Crop Production (Agronomy V) BAG312
 Organic Plant Culture BHT302
 Warm Climate Nuts BHT308

Note that each module in the Qualification - Advanced Diploma In Horticulture (Crops) is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.



Graduates from this course have a foundation for growing just about any crop they choose to grow.

Even if you don't study the specific crops; the principles you learn and the scientific and commercial understanding which you develop, will lay a foundation that allows you to adapt to any type of job or any type of crop you find yourself confronted with. For a farm to remain sustainable, certain minimum productivity levels must be maintained, using preferred plant species on an ongoing basis. These plants may be pasture species, fodder crops, grain, vegetables, fruit or other harvested plants.

This course lays a very solid foundation for business or employment in any type of Horticultural Crop Production; whether on or off farm, growing or supporting growers. This course is very much focussed on giving you knowledge and skills that are in demand, and laying a foundation for you to develop a very solid career as a professional in the cropping industry.

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 B.A. (Hons), Dip. Horticulture, BTEC Dip. Garden Design, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector), P.D.C. In addition to the qualifications listed above, Diana holds City & Guild construction qualifications and an NPTC pesticide spraying licence (PA1/PA6). Diana runs her own landscape gardening business (Arbella Gardens). Active in many organisations including the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Yvonne SharpeRHS Cert.Hort, Dip.Hort, M.Hort, Cert.Ed., Dip.Mgt. Over 30 years experience in business, education, management and horticulture. Former department head at a UK government vocational college. Yvonne has traveled widely within and beyond Europe, and has worked in many areas of horticulture from garden centres to horticultural therapy. She has served on industry committees and been actively involved with amateur garden clubs for decades.

Check out our eBooks

Farm ManagementThis ebook covers tips to manage your own farm, or work for someone else. It also covers the farm site, production systems, managing livestock, pasture, crops, water, equipment, farm structures, finance, marketing, staff management, farm planning and more. 15 chapters, 129 pages
ManagementManagement is the process of planning, organising, leading, and controlling an organisation’s human and other resources to achieve business goals. More importantly though, effective management needs to be a process of human interaction and compassion. Most bad managers don’t know they are bad. They may well admit that they are a bit erratic, or they are sometimes late to appointments, but it is rare that they will recognise that they are ineffective as managers. Never here. This book has something to offer even the best of managers.
Fruit, Vegetables and HerbsHome grown produce somehow has a special quality. Some say it tastes better, others believe it is just healthier. And there is no doubt it is cheaper! Watching plants grow from seed to harvest and knowing that the armful of vegies and herbs you have just gathered for the evening meal will be on the table within an hour or two of harvest, can be an exciting and satisfying experience.