General academic admission
For candidates wishing to enrol on the Landscape Design strand of this qualification it is recommended that they have the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with Landscape Construction
strand, however, they can gain entry to this strand by meeting one of the following criteria:
i) Based on NZ high school achievement (secondary school study):
- 40 credits at NCEA Level 1 including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits; or
- a recognised equivalent; or
ii) Based on study completed at a NZ tertiary institution
- A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2; or
- A recognised equivalent qualification; or
- Equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
Applicants who do not meet any of the entry options stated above, and think they have what it takes to complete this programme, can apply for ‘Discretionary Entrance’. The application is based on the applicant’s ability
to demonstrate a likelihood to succeed in the programme. The decision is at the discretion of the Head of School/Centre Director or their delegate. The ability to progress into further study depends on how successful the applicant is within
the programme they apply and are accepted into under ‘Discretionary Entrance’.
a) Candidates without relevant qualifications may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. The following may be considered in the selection process:
1) The completion of a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the
level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete the programme.
2) Previous experience working in the horticulture sector. May include previous employment, voluntary work.
3) Personal qualities such as responsibility,
teamwork and practical skills.
4) 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 skills.
5) Candidates wishing to enrol on the Arboriculture strand must have completed the following unit standards: 6400, 6401, 6402, 1668, 2768, 2767, 6916, 6917 and 20574.
6) As some of the practical components within this programme are considered
high risk, students may be required to submit to an initial drug screen as per Wintec’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04).
b) To meet legal and health requirements, candidates
must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme, including the ability to perform practical demonstrations and assessments.
c) Candidates with disabilities are eligible to enroll in this programme and
will be provided with the necessary resources to attain the learning outcomes where practicable, but at the time of enrolment must notify the Equity/Disability Co-ordinator of their needs.
d) Some delivery maybe at locations which require
arboriculture students to undertake a police check.
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 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.