An approach to gardening that works with nature, not against her
Interest in gardening without artificial chemicals has boomed in the past decade – due to a greater awareness of the effect on the environment and of safety in the garden, together with a desire to produce food free from chemical inputs. This course aims to bring together the aspects of modern gardening which mesh with organic principles, to make this way of gardening as feasible as possible. There is a lot of emphasis on understanding soil and how to build its fertility naturally, as well as effective, chemical-free methods to control weeds, pests and diseases. You will also learn how to grow a wide range of vegetables, fruit and herbs organically, benefits of greenhouses and the history of the organic movement.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.
This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.
The extensive course materials have been developed by organic gardening experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)
The course includes all the required study materials.
There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.
We are proud of our friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all we can to help you succeed.
Our tutors are all experienced, highly qualified and passionate about sharing their love of their subject. You can phone or email your tutor throughout the course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.
You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All learners are eligible for an NUS Extra card.
Lesson 1 – Introduction to organic gardening
Lesson 2 – Organic matter
Lesson 3 – The cultivation of vegetable crops
Lesson 4 – Unusual vegetables
Lesson 5 – The currants
Lesson 6 – Greenhouse siting, heating, ventilation, shading. Irrigation systems
Lesson 7 – Historical background of herbs
Lesson 8 – Pests and diseases
Lesson 9 – Pests and diseases
Lesson 10 – History of the organic movement
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
There are no exams. On successful completion of this course you will receive an HCC Certificate*, graded to show the standard you have reached. The HCC’s reputation means this can be highly regarded on a CV and, combined with your portfolio of coursework, is evidence of your achievements (whether you are applying for a job or a more advanced study course).
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
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You do not need previous gardening knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
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