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FdSc Foundation Degree in Horticulture Technology

Bridgwater College

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FdSc Foundation Degree in Horticulture Technology Who is the course for? The course is intended for those people aspiring to be managers within the horticulture industry. Positions exist in park and grounds management, nurseries and garden centres, research and propagation. This is a course for those with some prior knowledge or qualifications or those wishing a career change. The horticulture industry is experiencing a revival at present as people value locally grown produce, their environment and organic production. Good management jobs are now sought in the commercial sector and this is an ideal course for those both young and old wishing to enter into a fascinating field. What will I study on the course? Year 1: ? Land-based business management ? Industry experience ? Principles of plant and soil science ? Plant health and protection ? Mechanised practices for land-based industries ? Plant knowledge ? Nursery stock production ? Introduction to ecology Year 2: ? Land-based project management ? Research project ? Designing with plants ? Environmental science ? Plant portfolio ? Arboriculture What makes this course special? The centre has well established and historic gardens that have recently had a massive investment in a zoned glasshouse and extensive gardens redevelopment. You are given the opportunity to gain not only the necessary management skills but the practical skills that underpin the management of a garden and develop skills from within our nursery and garden centre. Students in their work experience further develop this experience by contacts with facilities both here and abroad. This gives the students an opportunity if they wish to further expand their career knowledge. How will I be assessed? You will be assessed through assignments, projects and examinations. The units carry a weighting of 60% assignment work and 40% examinations or 100% assignment. How long is the course? Two years full-time. Will this course lead to a qualification? Foundation Degree in Horticulture Technology from Bournemouth University. What can I do on completion of this course? ? Enter into employment such as a Parks Officer with local or county councils, management positions in garden centres, nurseries, landscape or grounds maintenance companies, buyers/consultants in commercial growing organisations, science technicians in soil or horticultural research institutions, teaching or training opportunities. ? Progression to a BSc (Hons) at an institution of your choice. How much will it cost? The ?2,160 per year 2009/10 plus material costs of approximately ?95. All full-time students starting in 2009 can apply for a loan to cover their entire tuition fee and a means tested maintenance loan, of up to ?4,950 (less if you live at home) to help cover living costs. Students from low income families may be eligible for a non repayable Maintenance Grant of up to ?2,906. Applications for all loans and grants need to be made through Student Finance England. Students in extreme financial hardship may be eligible for further funding via the Access to Learning funds by applying direct to Bournemouth University.

FdSc Foundation Degree in Horticulture Technology Who is the course for? The course is intended for those people aspiring to be managers within the horticulture industry. Positions exist in park and grounds management, nurseries and garden centres, research and propagation. This is a course for those with some prior knowledge or qualifications or those wishing a career change. The horticulture...

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