MCAST Diploma in Horticulture
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|MQF Level||Level 3|
|Duration||1 year full-time|
|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.
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|Progress After Completion|
|Career Opportunities||Plant nursery assistant|
Horticulture farm/Greenhouse assistant