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General Horticulture (Level 3)

Leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) Level 3




Want to work in the horticulture sector?

This programme has been developed to give students broad introductory knowledge of the science, growing systems and practices used in a variety of horticultural areas.


Schedule of Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
HORT301​Plant Science315
HORT302​Soil Science310
HORT303Pests & Diseases310
HORT304​Plant Establishment315497 V8
HORT305​Weed Control 31021563 V3

Entry Requirements:

Applicants will be required to have completed a minimum of three years secondary education; or have a gained a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above; or equivalent.

Special Admission
Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional Entry
Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re‐enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

English Language Requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

Prior to commencing the programme all candidates will be required to undertake a police check at a level sufficient for safe and effective practice within the field of horticulture.

Under Wintec’s drug policy and following industry guidelines, candidates will be expected to undertake drug screening at the commencement of this programme.

Candidates may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. The following will be
considered in the selection process:

  • The completion of a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill
    necessary to successfully complete the programme
  • Previous experience working in the horticulture sector. May include previous employment
    and/or voluntary work
  • Personal qualities such as responsibility, teamwork and practical skills
  • An aptitude for working in a public environment demonstrated through a reference from an
    employer where a candidate has worked with the public, or from a teacher attesting to social

Entry Criteria

Career/further opportunities:

Graduates of this qualification will have the knowledge and skills to work be employed or self‐employed, and/or move flexibly between a range of horticultural enterprises. This qualification will also be suitable for small block owners or for mature learners who wish to gain knowledge of horticultural science in a range of general horticulture growing systems and practices.


Further Study:


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