Applied Plant Science and Biotechnology
The study of plants is an increasingly technical field and advances in biotechnology are providing important tools for those involved in plant related industries. This module will review recent advances in plant breeding, including plant tissue culture and molecular techniques, and allow you to consider their application within your specialist field of study
Greenspace Professional Practice
It is very important for professionals to have an appreciation of ethical and sustainable business operation concepts and be able to apply them. In this module students will build upon the principals of strategic planning and corporate social responsibilities to address business auditing tasks, such as re-branding and re-modelling, incorporating company policies; planning; project management; communication and negotiation with clients. They will also critically analyse a range of contemporary issues within horticulture and associated green industries.
Horticultural Enterprise Management
You will be asked to identify horticultural business opportunities, develop a business plan for a horticultural enterprise which may include production systems, logistics, stock control or the management of visitor attractions/facilities. You will include associated technologies to explain how your business plans fit into a business operation.
Research Project (Double module)
This double module will provide an opportunity to carry out a piece of independent research into a topic that interests you. You will start by clearly defining a problem to be solved, and then design and undertake an original investigation, developing your skills in project management. The reporting of the study will develop your skills in critical analysis and in communicating in a coherent and critical style.
Urban Forest and Greenspace Management (Option)
The trees and greenspaces in our towns and cities that make up our urban forests play a big role in enhancing the lives of those who live or visit them. This module will consider the development of our current urban greenspace and consider ways that they can be further developed to increase the benefits supplied to future generations. The involvement of all stakeholders in greenspace will be considered from the role of central and local government in strategic planning, to the importance of community involvement and the role of private and voluntary sectors in partnership working.
Sustainable Crop Science (Option)
Students will explore, evaluate and apply the emerging science and sustainable technologies in commercial plant sectors, including energy use, water use efficiency, plant nutrition and crop protection.
- Entry requirements
- Learning and assessment
- Professional accreditations
- Special requirements
Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject or 2 years (one at Level 4 and the other at Level 5) of Honours Degree work in a related discipline achieved at 'pass' standard or above. Applicants with alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively. Applicants must also produce evidence of successfully completing a research based module at level 5.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.
All offers may be subject to successful interview
Learning and assessment
Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops.
Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an on-line learning environment and reference facility.
This course is designed to ensure a wide variety of assessment types are undertaken, many of which directly reflect industry-related documentation and practices. These assessment methods will include technical reports, portfolios, exams, individual presentations, laboratory/practical reports, research posters and extended project work.
Many modules will include guest speakers of standing within the industry. Off-site day visits to facilities such as research centres, scientific laboratories, trade fairs and horticultural enterprises.
What work experience can I get?
There is no formal industry placement on this course but there may be opportunities at the end of the course, for students to undertake work experience or internships with employers throughout the UK and overseas.
On successful completion of the course, students may apply for further postgraduate studies such as MSc or PhD.
The course equips graduates for careers in scientific research, self-employment, parks management, education, commercial growing and retail horticulture. Professionalism, independent thinking and innovation are emphasised throughout the course to prepare students for the demands of these positions.
Representatives of the local industry have been actively involved in a technical advisory capacity. The College works with The Institute of Horticulture (IOH), Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), British Pot Plant and Ornamental Association (BPOA) and Agriculture and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB).
Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:
· Camera - £100