This course offers a science-based, ‘green approach’ to gardening and should appeal to both professional and leisure gardeners alike.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance.
This is a 12-lesson study programme – you will be formally assessed on your choice of 10 of the following 12 lessons:
Lesson 1 – Vegetables and their cultivation, including rotation, crop growing
Lesson 2 – Soils for fruit growing, winter pruning. Soil composition and soil types
Lesson 3 – Manures, fertilisers and lime for fruit and vegetables, trace elements
Lesson 4 – Flowering plants, annuals, perennials, herbaceous, bedding plants, cut flowers
Lesson 5 – Planting trees and shrubs, soil preparation, after-care. Notes on trees, shrubs
Lesson 6 – Potting composts, cucumbers, melons, rock wool and nutrient film techniques
Lesson 7 – Plant propagation – seed requirements, genetics, propagation, hormones, mist
Lesson 8 – Pollination and fertilisation, flower/seed structure, nutrition, osmosis
Lesson 9 – Fungus diseases, insect pests, life cycles, control principles
Lesson 10 – Lawns from seed, after-care, manures and top-dressings, weed control
Lesson 11 – Garden Planning
Lesson 12 – Plant Selection & Maintenance
There are no exams. On successful completion of this course you will receive an HCC Certificate*, graded to show the standard you have reached. The HCC’s reputation means this can be highly regarded on a CV and, combined with your portfolio of coursework, is evidence of your achievements (whether you are applying for a job or a more advanced study course).
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
Throughout your training, you will be able to ask questions, receive feedback and further develop your knowledge by contacting our experienced tutors by phone or email.
You do not need previous gardening knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
Successfully complete this course and: