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General Horticulture (Level 3)

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20 weeks

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The purpose of this programme is to provide the horticulture sector with graduates who have a theoretical knowledge of plants, nursery production, and growing systems and environments to underpin practical capability in a range of horticulture sectors.

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Level 3 will be able to:

Apply knowledge of plant and soils science to the identification, selection, and growing of plants
Apply knowledge of growing systems and environments to the establishment and growing plants

Education Pathways

On completion of this programme, students may progress on to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with strands in Amenity, Arboriculture, Cemetery, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction and Sports Turf.

Employment Pathways

Graduates of this programme may be employed or self-employed, and/or move flexibly between a range of horticulture enterprises. This programme will also be suitable for small block owners or for mature learners who wish to gain knowledge of horticulture science in a range of general horticulture growing systems and practices.

Entry criteria

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

  • National Certificate in Agriculture / Horticulture Level 2 and/or equivalent qualification or experience in the industry.
  • Any qualification specified by the ITO or equivalent standards setting body
  • A minimum of three years of secondary education; and/or more credits at NCEA Level 1, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of four subjects; and/or
  • Step 3 Reading and Step 4 Numeracy on the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (LNAAT)

English Second Language Students

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, require an ELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 or above (or equivalent) for enrolment.

Life Skills/Work Experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme/course of study if they are able to demonstrate:

Equivalent farming knowledge and skills; and/or
Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
Other formal or informal study such as to suggest likelihood of successful course completion.

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