MCAST Diploma in Horticulture

MCAST Diploma in Horticulture

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Course Code AG3-03-14
MQF Level Level 3
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST Foundation Certificate


2 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes Preferred: Biology and English Language


A full “Secondary School Certificate and Profile” (SSC&P) at Level 2 will be accepted in lieu of one (1) O-Level pass.

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This course provides an introduction to the basics of crop cultivation. The student will develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to work on a modern horticultural farm.

Practical sessions form an integral part of the course, providing the student with the required skills and competences to cultivate plants and manage plant production.

This experience will improve  employment opportunities and is a good foundation for future career opportunities such as working in nurseries, farms and greenhouses, as well as for progression to a more advanced qualification.

Study/Course Delivery This programme of study addresses the competences required as entry level to the Agribusiness sector. The achievement of the required underpinning knowledge and key skills will be accomplished through contextualisation of tasks and the adoption of a highly practical approach.
Assessment Assessment of the programme is an integral part of the learning process. Varied assessment methods are employed. The learning process is completed by providing students with feedback that is both formative and summative in nature.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1.Understand the biology of plants

2.Describe and discuss the basic principles of plant and soil science

3.Grow and maintain a variety of horticultural plants

4.Follow a practical training work placement programme in the horticultural sector.

Core Study Units
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • General Horticulture
  • Basics of Horticultural Technology
  • Vegetable Production
  • Fruit, Olives and Grapevine Production
  • Ornamental Plants and Grass Production
  • Apiculture
  • Maltese
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Technology
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Horticulture
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Fish Management
Career Opportunities Plant nursery assistant

Horticulture farm/Greenhouse assistant