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Diploma in Horticulture

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


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New Zealand’s horticulture industry plays an important role in food production and our export economy. This course expands your knowledge and understanding, and prepares you for a range of positions.

Lincoln University’s Diploma in Horticulture introduces you to a wide range of learning covering horticultural technology, production and management. You’ll also develop your skills in applied computing and problem-solving. This one-year full-time study programme is made up of eight courses that cover propagation, horticultural management systems, soils, plant studies, computing and engineering.

Practical work

A period of Practical work is a requirement for this qualification:

  • Minimum of 12 weeks of hands-on practical experience (preferably full-time)
  • On at least two different types of horticultural units

Entry criteria

One of the following:

  • NCEA Level 2, a minimum of 40 credits over four subjects recognised by Lincoln University as suitable for entry. University Entrance literacy and numeracy standards are also required. A maximum of 24 credits in any one subject will be counted towards the total.
  • A New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture at Level 4 or higher, obtained through an approved polytechnic institution.
  • Special Admission or other pathways.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • Diploma in University Studies (two-semester - DUS2) - On application. Minimum diploma score 22
  • Diploma in University Studies (three-semester - DUS3) - On application. Minimum diploma score 20

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS academic score of 6.0 overall, with no individual component less than 5.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 60 (with at least 18 in writing)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 169, with no individual component less than 162
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 50 with no communicative skills score less than 42
  • Lincoln University English Language LU EL 65%.
  • NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 4 (Academic Endorsement)

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