Certificate in Organic Horticulture
A qualification designed to enable you to plan, construct and maintain a complete organic garden; it is suitable for anyone who has an interest in organic horticulture.
A study programme endorsed by Garden Organic
Compulsory units are:
01 Principles which underpin sustainable horticulture practices
02 Planning an organic garden
04 Managing soil, growing media and maintaining fertility
A flexible course with a range of study and assessment methods to suit you:
Option 1 - Online / distance correspondence delivery: online multiple choice questions and assessment of a portfolio of evidence
Option 2 - Blended learning: online or distance correspondence learning, online multiple choice questions and attendance at our Ryton Centre for practical assessment.
To achieve a B.E.S.T. Certificate in Organic Horticulture you must successfully complete a minimum of eight modules.
Three modules are compulsory, and you can choose any five others to complete your Certificate.
There is NO EXTRA CHARGE if you want to study more than eight.
You can choose a minimum of any other five modules, from:
03 Understanding the properties of soil and importance of soil biology
05 Importance of habitat provision and biodiversity
06 Planning year round organic vegetable growing
07 Vegetable growing methods, harvesting, storage and seed saving
08 Growing annuals, biennials and herbaceous perennials sustainably
09 Selecting, planting and maintaining trees and shrubs sustainably
10 Selecting and maintaining lawns and wildlife friendly alternatives
11 Prevention, identification and organic control of garden pests, diseases and disorders
12 Prevention, identification and organic control of garden weeds
Option 1. For either online distance or correspondence delivery, tutor support,
online testing and assessment of the portfolio of evidence £ 425.00
(plus VAT @ £85.00) Total payable £510.00
Option 2. For blended learning, either online distance or correspondence delivery,
tutor support, online testing and practical assessment on Tuesdays at
our Centre in Ryton Gardens £650.00 (plus VAT @ £130) Total payable £780.00
(These combined assessment fees may be paid in four instalments of £200.00, which includes an administration fee of £5 per instalment.)
Download a course leaflet here for more information about study options and a schedule of course assessment days.
at the end of the course we will issue a BEST in Horticulture Certificate of Achievement which lists the modules you have successfully completed.