This module is intended to equip students with the skills and understanding of design principles expected of a professional florist. It will build on the student's experience to develop the manual dexterity and recognition skills needed to produce quality floristry products. The module is primarily concerned with the use of contemporary design theories, techniques, materials and mechanics used to enhance floristry items produced in a UK context.Three Stars

The overall aim of the course is to develop the ability of the student to apply the scientific principles of plant (crop) physiology and pathology to the development of efficient strategies for the production of crops (both food and ornamental). Three Stars

This module continues the theme of plant studies begun in Gardens and Plants through Time but explores it to a greater depth. The use of plants in the landscape will be considered focussing on the issues involved in designing planting schemes, plant selection and appropriate management in order to achieve effective plantings both in gardens and the wider landscape.

The course is an introduction to the most essential elements of Business. This stage will allow students with no or limited prior knowledge of the subject to grasp the fundamentals. The topics covered will be the Role and Function of Management, Personnel, Marketing, and Finance. Modern managers dealing with complex situations need to be thoroughly familiar with financial management as well as the marketing and personnel functions within the organisation. The financial element will look at the interpretation of the documents that together make up the annual statement of accounts. An overview of marketing practice and an insight into crucial personnel issues will also be given.Three Stars

This module follows on from the Introduction to Livestock and Production Systems module. It is a practical module on farm level livestock management within the current policy and legislation framework. It aims introduce students to the workings of policy and legislation and how scientific principles can guide these. It then integrates these issues into the day to day running of a livestock enterprise. Coupled with this students will also learn practical skills such as setting up a sheep enterprise for lambing (including a session on the lambing simulator), fertility and breeding management in pigs (including artificial insemination) and management of a beef finishing enterprise including practical aspects of nutrition and meeting target weights. The suitability of housing, labour requirements and grazing management are also included.Three Stars

The first part of this module is designed extend the students’ understanding of financial statements to include those of limited companies and their regulatory framework. Students will be expected to analyse these statements from the viewpoint of an investor as well as identify and assess the sources of finance available to these companies. The theme of the second part of this module is planning and control and will include the concepts of ‘continuous improvement’ and ‘best practice’. Finally, to complete the decision making theme, the students will be required to look at the evaluation of business investment opportunities by using the appropriate capital investment appraisal techniques.Two Stars

A generic floristry course

Completion of this module will provide a broad understanding of the economic and social significance of horticultural crops, highlighting global similarities and differences at local, national and international levels.

An appreciation of a wide range of factors which affect horticultural production around the world will be studied to include physical as well as social influences.

A broad range of countries will be studied to illustrate the International nature of horticulture and the issues facing growers today.
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This module involves the student in the production of contract documentation for landscape construction and maintenance works or commercial horticultural production and the subsequent management The module will involve the students in the practical implementation of a real landscape or commercial horticultural project.Three Stars

The module introduces the physical properties of soils as they relate to the design of soil engaging implements and influence tractive effort. Aspects of soil management required by EU/UK legislation will be discussed. Aspects of drainage, rain water run off, flood control, soil erosion, soil compaction and water logging will be covered. Irrigation and drainage machinery, water application systems and water abstraction licensing will be discussed. Machines and systems used for seedbed preparation, drilling/planting and harvesting will be studied. Selection of these systems and machines will be discussed using criteria such as energy efficiency, quality of results, speed of operation, gang size, cost and environmental issues. Where appropriate storage requirements to retain quality of produce post harvest will be studied.Two Stars

The aim of the module is to provide students with a sound understanding of the key scientific processes and pathological principles that underlie successful plant production. The module is primarily designed to support the stated course programme outcomes for BSc degrees in Agriculture and Horticulture but may also be selected by students in other science programmes in which a knowledge of plant science may contribute to the attainment of science-based learning outcomes.Four Stars

The successful and efficient propagation and production of plants is the key to success in any horticultural enterprise. This module reviews plant propagation and crop establishment in a range of horticultural situations. Selected plant propagation methods will be undertaken throughout the year enabling both method and the use of specialist propagation environments and equipment to be evaluated. Accepted methods of plant establishment appropriate to various aspects of horticulture will be evaluated in theory and practice. A range of crops will be produced enabling regular monitoring and maintenance. In all parts of the course, the relationship between practical methods and plant physiology will be stressed at all times.Three Stars

The successful and efficient propagation and production of plants is the key to success in any horticultural enterprise. This module reviews plant propagation and crop establishment in a range of horticultural situations. Selected plant propagation methods will be undertaken throughout the year enabling both method and the use of specialist propagation environments and equipment to be evaluated. Accepted methods of plant establishment appropriate to various aspects of horticulture will be evaluated in theory and practice. A range of crops will be produced enabling regular monitoring and maintenance. In all parts of the course, the relationship between practical methods and plant physiology will be stressed at all times.Two Stars

The theme of the plant’s interaction with its abiotic and biotic environment introduced at Level 4 will be developed, to help students appreciate how plants respond to external environmental and internal signals to grow, develop and reproduce.
This module is designed to develop an understanding of dynamic relationships between roots and soil, advances in plant perception and their adaptive responses for survival.
A key aim will be the development of academic skills in preparation for study at Level 6.


This module explores the structure and function of various habitats in the UK. Approaches for management are examined. The role of site designations in habitat conservation are considered.Three Stars

The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE) defines the sustainable management of forests as:

“The stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfill, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at local, national, and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems”.

The origins of “Sustainable Forest Management” (SFM) captured in the definition given above come from the “Forest Principles” adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Apart from the more obvious economic goals, SFM also addresses social and environmental needs and since the Earth Summit in Rio, many forestry institutions around the World have chosen to practice various forms of sustainable forest management. More recently the benefits of forests and woodlands to human well-being have been measured in terms of the sum of all ecosystem services they provide from the support of soil to the provision of materials and food.

A sophisticated process of working with sets of criteria and indicators to guide sustainable forest management have since been developed to evaluate the achievement of SFM at all levels of operation; international, national and community. By 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the first ever Non-Legally Binding Instrument on all types of forests. It was intended to serve as a demonstration, to the international community, the importance of preserving the integrity of global forests through careful stewardship and sustainable management.

In this module students will assess and evaluate forest practice, both through case studies and in the field, using the latest scientific evidence and practical knowledge in sustainable forest management. Through a combination of theory and field-based workshops students will develop skills in measuring ecosystem benefits of forests and woodlands as well as develop a practical knowledge of the latest techniques used in forest ecosystem management, including “close to nature forestry.

This module introduces and equips students with a range of traditional floristry skills and essential product knowledge, complementing their industrial experience. The module introduces plant classification, identification of flower and foliages and plant responses to environmental influences. To develop the manual dexterity required to produce work of a high technical standard as set by the Society of Floristry. Students will research traditional design styles through studying and investigating the work of UK floral artists. They will be expected to formulate their own views, interpretations and ideas on the basis of research and analysis.Three Stars

This module will develop a knowledge of the growth and development of plants to provide an integrated understanding of how plants function. The approach will focus on plant health and quality by investigating the interrelationship between plants and their growth media, soils and other organisms. Emphasis will be placed on plants and soils as living systems.Four Stars

This module investigates the taxonomic and community classification systems for the major groups of fauna and flora in the biogeographical region of the European Union. A practical knowledge and skills-based understanding of the use of standard identification keys and community classification systems is one of the corner stones to effective assessment of biodiversity for conservation. This module aims to develop practical knowledge of and skills in the use of wildlife identification and classification systems and techniques.Three Stars