MCAST Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture

MCAST Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture

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Course CodeAG6-02-15
MQF LevelLevel 6
Duration3 years full-time
Awarding BodyMCAST
FeesStandard First Aid Course*
Entry RequirementsMCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Agriculture

or

2 A-Level passes and 2 I-Level passes Preferred I-Level: Biology or Chemistry

Other Entry Requirements
Course DescriptionThis course gives students skills in the latest horticultural practices with the use of modern technology.

Students will have the opportunity to study and practise different aspects related to their main area of study, with the aim of seeking employment at management level in private enterprise, in research and development and/or regulatory services both locally and internationally.

This course is aimed at students who want to work in the horticulture sector in industries/sectors as varied as EU/national regulatory control sector, farmer training provision, farm advisory services, garden design and landscaping, crop and fruit production sector, educational and promotional horticulture services and pest management/regulatory sector.   This programme offers the required knowledge and competences related to Sustainable Land Use,  Integrated Pest  Management, Plant Nutrition and Fertilisation, Agricultural Technology, Rural Development and Garden Design/Landscaping.

During this course students need to undertake a research project whereby a topic is chosen and subsequently  investigated, researched, a methodology formulated and data collected, analysed and discussed.

Students will also be expected to attend a standard first aid course provided by a recognised entity (fees to be covered by the student).

Study/Course Delivery
AssessmentAssessment will be formative including practical assessment, projects, analytical reports and class assignemnts ensuring that students are able to demonstrate not only technical competences but also managerial and consultancy skills.
Programme Learning Outcomes1. Understand and apply research methods to carry out an advanced project study based on scientific research related to specific units within the course’s area of study

2. Understand and research different entrepreneurial skills required at management level and to plan for a successful business

3. Undertake practical tasks related to horticultural skills and services including plant nutrition/ fertilisation and agricultural technology

4. Study and apply principles of sustainability, integrated pest management and rural development.

Core Study Units
  • Agriculture & the Environment
  • Food Flavour & Tasting
  • Apiculture
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Agricultural Marketing & Agri-Tourism
  • Business Management & Work Experience
  • Research Methodologies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Planning
  • Rural Development
  • Research Methods & Dissertation
Specialist Units
  • Bedding Flowers, Turf & Nursery Production
  • Pesticides & Safe Pesticide Application
  • Tree Care & Management
  • Post-Harvest Management, Marketing Standards & HACCP
  • Soil & Organic Matter Management
  • Crop Biology & Physiology
  • Professional Garden Design Process
  • Greenhouse Production
  • Field Crop Planning & Production: Cereals, Legumes &
  • Brassicas
  • Field Crop Planning & Production: Umbellifers, Alliums,
  • Salads & Herbs
  • Field Crop Planning & Production: Olives, Vines, Citrus & Stone Fruits
  • Plant Propagation
  • Development of Land-Based Activities- Farm & Horticulture
  • Establishments
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Plant Nutrition and Fertilization
  • Agricultural Technologies
Supplementary UnitsBedding Flowers, Turf & Nursery Production Pesticides & Safe Pesticide Application Tree Care & Management Post-Harvest Management, Marketing Standards & HACCP Soil & Organic Matter Management Crop Biology & Physiology Professional Garden Design Process Greenhouse Production Field Crop Planning & Production: Cereals, Legumes & Brassicas Field Crop Planning & Production: Umbellifers, Alliums, Salads & Herbs Field Crop Planning & Production: Olives, Vines, Citrus & Stone Fruits Plant Propagation Development of Land-Based Activities- Farm & Horticulture Establishments Integrated Pest Management Plant Nutrition and Fertilization Agricultural Technologies
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After CompletionAfter successful completion of the first 120 ECTS that relate to the first 2 years of the programme, the student will be awarded a higher diploma in horticulture
Career Opportunities
  • Farm advisory services provider
  • Farmer trainer and adviser
  • Professional landscaper and garden designer
  • EU/national regulatory control manager
  • Crop and fruit production manager
  • Pest management services provider

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