The Pershore Diploma in Organic Horticulture
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What will I study?
This new course is ideal for those interested in a career change or for those who want to start their own business in the organic sector. Using our organically certified facilities, students develop a sound knowledge of organic principles and standards. This is a broad-based course aimed at those who aspire to grow edible crops organically or manage organic gardens. The course is taught and assessed at a higher education level, making it suitable for students who want more in-depth knowledge and learning.
What modules are covered?
Principles of Organic Horticulture
A module that introduces you to the history, principles, practices and regulations of organic horticulture. This module underpins all others on the course as it sets the current organic sector in context. The management of soil is examined with regard to composting and green manures as it is the fundamental basis of all organic systems.
This is a broad-based module with three key aspects. You will study plant diversity, structure and physiology in relation to horticulture. You will develop an understanding of soil properties and soil management. The module will also explain how to assess the impact of horticultural pests and diseases, and explain aspects of their biology and how to select methods for their control.
This module introduces you to a range of methods of plant propagation from both a theoretical and practical point of view. The module will also allow you to develop your investigative skills through the practical propagation project.
Plant Use and Knowledge
You will learn how to identify and select plants for a range of garden and landscape situations. You will be made aware of the range of nursery stock available in the horticultural industry and how to establish a wide range of plants and soft landscape features.
Introduction to Organic Crop Production
This module is broad-based and introduces you to the small-scale production of organic edible crops. Your knowledge of organic principles will be put into practice. The assessment involves hands-on growing of organic crops from propagation through to harvest.
Mechanisation & Finance
This module introduces you to the use and role of mechanisation in horticulture. It is intended to explore aspects of mechanisation management including safety and legislation as well as the financial control of machinery use.
Organic Pest & Disease Management
By completing this module you will appreciate key aspects of the biology and control of pests and pathogens. You will develop an understanding of the impact, classification, morphology and anatomy of selected pests, relating this to strategies appropriate for their control in organic systems.
Garden Management & Maintenance
In this module you will apply your plant knowledge and learn how to plan maintenance tasks and schedule work for a range of garden situations The assessment of a garden for its restorative and maintenance needs is a key aspect of the module allowing you to apply theoretical knowledge to a real situation.
What qualifications will I get?
The Pershore Diploma in Organic Horticulture
How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed through a wide range of coursework and written exams (1.5 hrs long). Coursework could include practical projects, essays, trials, case studies, fact sheets and oral presentations.
What is the entry process?
Applications should be made using a Warwickshire College application form. For more information or to obtain an application form, call the Admissions Officer at Pershore College who will contact applicants to arrange interviews. Our friendly interviews help you ensure you are choosing the right course for your individual career prospects.
What are the entry requirements?
Minimum qualifications: Full level 3
Normally, applicants will be expected to have four GCSE passes plus at least 120 UCAS points, from qualifications such as: One A-level pass; or Level 3 Extended Diploma or Diploma in an associated subject; or BTEC National Diploma in an associated subject; or Completion of an Access to Higher Education course; or Equivalent qualifications or experience.
Applications from those without standard entry requirements, will be considered on an individual basis.
What else do I need to know?
The fee for this course is £2580 per year, with a small inflationary increase in the second year. This course is at higher education level but does not attract higher education funding, loans or grants.
Students on this course may be eligible for horticultural bursaries, some of which are specific to Pershore College and can be applied for via Student Services.
Information can also be found on www.grantsforhorticulturists.org.uk.
Students are advised that they will need, on average, an additional 12 hours per week to complete coursework and additional reading. Those seeking a career in horticulture are advised to gain additional practical experience.
‘Horticulture’ covers a wide range of activities and involves the undertaking of practical tasks. There is an expectation that students will have a reasonable level of fitness. If a student is in any doubt about the course details, they should discuss their concerns with the course tutor before they enrol.
Practical tools and equipment will be provided but you will require steel toe-capped footwear, overalls and waterproof clothing, a range of which is sold by the College Plant Centre.
There may be opportunities to take additional qualifications, which may include Certificates of Competence, for which there may be a charge.
Pershore College and Moreton Morrell have high quality residential accommodation for students – for more information please see the accommodation section of the College website.
Transport routes run to the College from throughout the region – to check on routes from where you live, please see the transport section of the College website.
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What can I do after this course?
This course can provide access to career opportunities with organic growers, gardens and nurseries. Past successful students have also worked in educational roles and for charities. Many successful students also go on to start their own businesses.
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