The RBC Diploma in Horticulture Level 5 course is designed to enable students to acquire a broad range of management skills in order to manage crop production and supervise staffing in a horticultural business; to provide students with broad knowledge and skills of Applied Horticulture Management and Skills, Horticulture Marketing and including completion of RBC Property Report; to target International students from Asian and European countries such as India, China, Korea, and Japan.
New Zealand permanent residents will also be able to apply for the diploma; to provide learners an entry pathway to study at Degrees level in Horticulture at Massey and Lincoln Universities as well as other tertiary institutions offering study in further horticultural qualifications; to provide international students who may wish to invest in the horticultural industry, practical and applied management knowledge of the industry and how to use this knowledge to be successful in establishing their own businesses; to give International students and new migrants in particular, a practical course of study that is adapted to their English language levels and learning needs; to encourage further learning opportunities at Degrees level in Horticulture.
Students who complete the RBC Diploma in Horticulture Level 5 will be able to:
- Devise strategies to instruct, supervise and appraise staff
- Maintain effective interpersonal and professional relationships
- Manage crop production and take responsibility for the day to day operation of a full scale business
- Attain knowledge and decision making skills in important aspects of a particular horticultural sector, including marketing, research trials, and horticultural development
- Assist in adapting a business to changes in the Horticultural Industry
On completion of this course students will have a good knowledge of the management and technical skills associated with the New Zealand Horticultural Industry as well as a thorough understanding of the operations and middle management practices undertaken in a horticultural business. The qualification can lead onto a Massey or Lincoln University degrees in horticulture or directly into the workforce as a competent horticultural supervisory manager.
The course is designed to be completed in a total of 36 weeks. Students will undertake 36 hours of study per week.
The course consists of 122 credits and involves students committing to 1220 hours of learning. The learning is divided between practical, theory and self directed study activities. Recognition that this course has a strong practical emphasis is reflected in the hours allocated to Practical instruction.
The practical component requires the students to work (they may be paid) in a practical horticultural business which RBC could set up or they could find their own work. There should be a minimum of 60 days. This can be done during their semester break, study break or during the two days they have free for work experience during their 36 weeks.
- Management and Administration
- Horticulture Production Management
- Applied Horticulture Management
- Horticulture Marketing
- Practicum and Property Report
Entry is open to students who have completed National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4 or an equivalent horticulture qualification or reached the age of 20 years.
English Language Requirements
Students who do not have English as a first language will need to show that they are capable of successfully completing the course by meeting at least one of the following entry conditions:
An IELTS score of 5.5( General or Academic)
Pass the Royal Business College English Test
Completed a minimum of three months (FT) English Language Course at RBC or other approved English Language Institution