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Introduction to Horticultural Science is the only course of its kind to appropriately cover this subject matter in sufficient detail to be used as a college textbook for a horticultural science class. It provides an excellent survey of all aspects of this area and presents cutting edge research at a level which is understandable to the undergraduate population. This course introduces students to fundamental concepts including an introduction to the green plant; the origin and domestication of plants; the horticulture industry; and the fundamental steps leading to success in a horticulture career. The relationship between horticulture and the environment is discussed in addition to the classification of plants and plant anatomy. Also included is information on plant propagation; media, nutrients and fertilizers; plants and the environment; plant growth regulators; post harvest physiology and pest management; and it concludes with a comprehensive discussion of greenhouse structures; nursery site selection; development and facilities; producing nursery crops; and floral design.




Provides students with a full appreciation of the wonderful world of horticultural science

An excellent survey of all aspects of horticultural science

Presents cutting edge research at a level understandable to undergraduate students 


Course Requirements


There are no previous skills or qualifications required to register for this course. Ideal for total beginners




 This course consists of the following modules. Assignments ae completed after each one


The Green Plant, What an Organism! 

Origin and Domestication of Plants

The Horticulture Industry: An Important Part of Agriculture

Fundamental Steps Leading to Success in a Horticulture Career

The Relationship between Horticulture and the Environment

Classification of Plants and Plant Anatomy

Plant Propagation

Media, Nutrients and Fertilizers

Plants and Environment

Plant Growth Regulators

Post Harvest Physiology

Pest Management

Plant Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms

Greenhouse Structures

Growing Crops in the Greenhouse

Nursery Site Selection, Development and Facilities

Producing Nursery Crops

Floral Design



What qualification is awarded upon completion?


Every successful student will be awarded Level 1 Certificate in Horticultural Science.


How long will this course take to complete and do I have to complete within a certain time?


Students can register for this course at any time. Average completion time is approximately 80 hours overall, however you may take as long as you wish to complete. There is no time limit at all.


What is included in the price of my course?


Official course enclosed in A4 folder.

Blank CD for storing coursework.

Plain A4 paper.

Pen and pencil.

Freepost Envelopes.

Unlimited email support (Monday to Friday)


This course comes enclosed in a study bag enabling you to transport your course anywhere you wish. Giving you total flexibility. 


What if I need to ask a question relating to my course?


All students can email student support with any questions they may have from Monday to Friday 9am - 9pm.



How is my Coursework assessed?


You will be required to submit your assignments via email or alternatively you can use the freepost envelopes supplied in your study pack. (Freepost available to UK students only). Once received it will be assessed by student support and a report issued on your progress with any relevant comments. Three grades can be achieved PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION. All assignments can be re-submitted for regrading if necessary.


Will I be required to sit an exam?


This course is completed using continual assessment. Allowing us to closely monitor you as you progress. Therefore no examination is required.

Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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Enrol by phone: call 0845 65 22 187 quote course code 112

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