Subjects

Horticulture

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Aims: The Horticulture Department aims to help pupils develop an understanding of gardening. Students are encouraged to take an active interest in learning how to sow, plant, nurture and harvest a wide range of plants. They also learn plant physiology and structure.

Activities:

  • Plant and maintain their own raised beds with vegetables and flowers of their choice.
  • Practise a variety of plant propagation techniques
  • Raise bedding plants for the Summer fair.
  • Practice greenhouse management.
  • Visits to places of interest.

Related Links

http://www.thegardenhelper.com/dictionary.html
http://www.rhs.org.uk/
http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts10/horticulture/Pages/default.aspx

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This horticulture course leads to a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate and is taught in partnership with NRC.

It involves 4 areas of study:

Unit 2: Understand the Basic Principles of Soil Science

Unit 5: Establish and Maintain Plants Outdoors

Unit 8: Participate in Horticultural Crop Production Outdoors

Unit 17: Participate in Propagation Techniques

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Assessment and Grading

Assessment is by written coursework and practical activities.

Grading criteria is used to record the evidence that each learner produces and they will receive a pass, merit or distinction grade.