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New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) Landscape Construction Strand

This course is available

Online

Level of Study

Certificate

Duration

24 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024

Campus

Southern Institute of Technology

Summary

Develop your horticulture knowledge base and learn how to implement landscape designs professionally with the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) Landscape Construction strand.

You will learn to:

  • Work in a team for a landscape project
  • Identify and select plants for a landscape project
  • Landscape site set-out
  • Establish a hard landscape plan
  • Establish a soft landscape plan
  • Develop a maintenance regime for a landscaped site
  • Develop an irrigation or drainage plan for a landscaped site
  • Undertake landscaping activities

This course will teach you how to identify and select plants for a specific landscaping project, work with clients, and establish a landscape plan and landscaping activities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Work as an effective member of a team including communication and interaction with team members and colleagues relevant to a role in the horticulture sector.
  • Carry out routine tasks associated with implementation of a landscape design

Recent graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Landscape Construction strand) have gained employment as assistants in landscape design companies, in nurseries, and in gardens, however some graduates have chosen to use the course to extend their skills for personal use.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the Landscape Construction strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) Landscape Construction strand, and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully have:

  • A minimum of 75 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with strands in Landscape Construction
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with strands in Landscape Construction, full-time over 25 academic weeks or part-time over 2 years.

Entry criteria

Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2 or equivalent as follows:

  • 60 credits at Level 2 or above, plus
  • 20 credits from any level, and

Literacy - minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either:

  • specified assessment standards available through a range of subjects and English for Academic Purposes unit standards 22750 and 22751 (minimum total of 10 credits); or
  • unit standards - package of three literacy unit standards (26622, 26624, 26625 - all three required).

Numeracy - a minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either:

  • achievement standards - specified assessment standards through a range of subjects (minimum of 10 credits), or
  • unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 - all three required).

Application by Mature Entry

Applicants over the age of 20 years at the time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill

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