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Qualification - Diploma in Horticulture

Course CodeVHT030
Fee CodeDI
Duration (approx)2100 hours

Learn Professional Horticulture Skills 


Student Comment: "I have found the course to be interesting and challenging, with great learning materials that really make you research the industry and get involved. It has been a great way to study because it has allowed me to work in the industry and study at the same time. I have found the online resources to be fantastic, the tutors feedback constructive and the fact that assignments can be submitted online makes the process so easy." Tom Wood, Australia - Diploma in Horticultural Science course.

Start an Exceptional Career Here!

Professional horticulturists are a very different breed to other people. This is a career which is all too often more of a passion for people than a job. Gardening is arguably the most popular "hobby" in the developed world; and for those of you who are lucky enough to persue and complete a diploma such as this; you are likely to keep learning about and practicing gardening whether as a job, or a passion, for as long as you live.  One only needs to look at the nurserymen, garden writers and radio hosts to see active horticulturists come in all ages through to people in their 80's.

What Do You Need to Reach Your Full potential?

  • With over 100,000 different plants in cultivation; you need to get to know your plants (maybe not 100,000 ...but good horticulturists can identify over 1,000 and continue learning new plants all their life)
  • Growing Plants is a Science, so a firm grounding in soil science, botany, plant pathology and such things is always important
  • Most horticulturists have specialised areas of interest (eg. Nursery, turf, landscaping, etc); but the best horticulturists know a little about everything; and can adapt as demands change in industry. The broadly trained horticulturist will always find a good job; but they might move from one area to another throughout their career.

Where to from Here? ... If your're not sure ... Why not make use of our FREE Course Counselling Service and talk to a professional horticulturist with years of experience in the industry. click here


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Diploma in Horticulture.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Biochemistry I (Plants) BSC102
 Botany I - Plant Physiology And Taxonomy BSC104
 Horticulture I BHT101
 Plant Health (Horticulture III) BHT116
 Plant Identification and Knowledge (Horticulture II) BHT102
 Plant Selection And Establishment BHT107
 Research Project I BGN102
 Workshop I BGN103
 Biochemistry II (Plant and Animal) BSC203
 Research Project II BGN201
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 10 of the following 16 modules.
 Australian Native Ferns VHT116
 Australian Natives I BHT113
 Ornithology BEN102
 Propagation I BHT108
 Australian Natives II BHT225
 Cut Flower Production BHT221
 Garden Centre Management BHT255
 Hydroponics I BHT224
 Orchid Culture BHT232
 Plant Pathology BHT206
 Roses BHT231
 Seed Propagation BHT237
 Trees For Rehabilitation (Reafforestation) BHT205
 Wholesale Nursery Management BHT212
 Mushroom Production BHT310
 Plant Ecology BEN305

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

If you are not sure if this is the right course for you, or would like to discuss your options with one of our tutors, then

Meet some of our academics

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.
Gavin ColeB.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own landscaping firm. He spent three years working in our Gold Coast office, as a tutor and writer for Your Backyard (gardening magazine) which we produced monthly for a Sydney punlisher between 1999 and 2003. Since then, Gavin has contributed regularly to many magazines, co authored several gardening books and is currently one of the "garden experts" writing regularly for the "green living" magazine "Home Grown".
John Mason Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 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.
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

BanksiasLearn more about Banksias in this 62 page ebook with pictures. Knowing which banksia to plant can be difficult given the different growing conditions.
Climbing PlantsDiscover which climbers to use to hide unsightly walls; how to grow green, flowering boundaries for privacy; and which climbers are the best for growing on the roofs of pergolas, arches and arbours. Chapters cover how plants climb, how to use them, and landscaping. The bulk of the book, however, is given over to an encyclopaedia covering 54 genera and hundreds of species, followed by two separate and more in-depth chapters: one on Bougainvillea and the other Clematis.
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. It's 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 particular site or client. It contains around 300 colour photos! Knowledge gained by John Mason over several decades of visiting and photographing gardens, writing, teaching and creating gardens. This ebook deals mostly with different types of gardens from water gardens to Mediterranean, formal and oriental. 287 high quality inspirational photos. 104 pages
Commercial HydroponicsLearn to grow vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, herbs and other plants hydroponically. A classic, republished with new images, a new layout and revised text. Contains unique advice on growing 102 different plants hydroponically! 74 pages