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Plant Science - Advanced Diploma - (TQUK - Training Qualifications UK)

Distance learning course with study materials, tutor support and final exam included

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£2,600 inc VAT
Or £216.67/mo. for 12 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
800 hours
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Access until course completion
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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Plant Science Online Course. 800 Hours Advanced Diploma Course.

This Online Course provides the student with a balanced view between the two important requirements of Plant Science: Theory and Practical Application to the Commercial World.

This enables students to gain an excellent all round and solid understanding of what is required to turn their knowledge into transferable skills, useful to an employer.

Students working in, or wishing to work in the following industries, who desire to undertake a course for their Continuing Professional Development, will benefit from taking this course:

  • Horticulture
  • Agronomy
  • Forestry
  • Environmental Management
  • Those in Plant Industries, who want o build and enhance their career
  • People preparing to do more advanced studies in science subjects

Plants play a vital part in our everyday lives. They supply us with food, fuel, medicines and other essential plant based products. In addition, plants clean our air and help to maintain warmer days and cooler nights. Therefore, there are many varied opportunities to those completing the course.

The Diploma consists of 8 individual modules and 100 hour Industry Meetings or Research Project.

This course has been endorsed by TQUK. Endorsement of our courses by TQUK sets them apart from other vocational learning programs and is an achievement to be proud of. It further demonstrates that we are an efficient academy with excellent courses and tutorial support. It also means that potential and existing students, employers and universities can be sure of the true value of the learning we provide.

Benefits of an ADL Endorsed Course?

Endorsed courses are skills based. They have been evaluated and approved by an independent awarding body such as Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).

What makes ADL’s Endorsed courses different?

  • Flexible Self-Paced Learning– adjust your learning around your home and work commitments
  • Start and Finish at any time
  • Courses globally and industry relevant
  • Practical Component at the end of most lessons.

Allocated your own tutor relevant to your subject. You can have as little or as much contact as you like with your tutor. They are there to support you all the way through.

This course is endorsed by TQUK -Training Qualifications UK, an OFQUAL awarding body.


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Lesson Structure: Advanced Diploma in Plant Science VSC004

There are 8 modules:

Compulsory Modules:

  • Botany I – BSC104
  • Trees for Rehabilitation – BHT205
  • Biochemistry 1 – Plants – BSC102
  • Professional Practice for Consultants – BBS301
  • Relevant work experience(100 Hrs)* or Research Project I

Elective Modules (choose 3):

  • Plant Ecology
  • Tissue Culture
  • Plant Breeding
  • Botany II
  • Biochemistry II

Work Experience can be satisfied by showing documentary proof of attendance at a combination of seminars, conferences, trade shows and/or meetings.

Note: that each module in this Advanced Diploma is a certificate in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Botany I – BSC104

  1. Taxonomic Classification of Plants
  2. Cells and Tissues
  3. Specific Vegetative Parts of a Plant
  4. Flowers and Fruit
  5. Seed and the Developing Embryo
  6. Photosynthesis and Growing Plants
  7. Respiration
  8. The Role of Water
  9. Movement of Water and Assimilates through a Plant
  10. The Effects of Tropisms and Other Growth Movement

Trees for Rehabilitation – BHT205

  1. Approaches To Land Rehabilitation
  2. Ecology Of Soils And Plant Health
  3. Introduction To Seed Propagation Techniques
  4. Propagation And Nursery Stock.
  5. Dealing With Chemical Problems
  6. Physical Plant Effects On Degraded Sites
  7. Plant Establishment Programs
  8. Hostile Environments
  9. Plant Establishment Care
  10. Rehabilitating Degraded Sites

Biochemistry 1 – Plants – BSC102

  1. Introduction
  2. Lipids and proteins
  3. Enzymes
  4. Nitrogen and the nitrogen cycle
  5. Photosynthesis and respiration
  6. Assimilation and transpiration
  7. Acidity and alkalinity
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Biochemical applications

Professional Practice for Consultants – BBS301

  1. Determining If a Consultancy Practice is for You
  2. Planning a Consultancy Practice: Part 1
  3. Planning a Consultancy Practice: Part 2
  4. Knowing What to Charge
  5. Setting Up Your Consulting Practice
  6. Keeping Accounts and Records
  7. How to Generate Business & Keep It
  8. Maintaining Your Consultancy Practice

Research Project I

  1. Determining Research Needs
  2. Searching For Information
  3. Research Methods
  4. Using Statistics
  5. Research Reports
  6. Research Reporting
  7. Reporting On A Research Project

Plant Ecology

  1. Introductory Ecology
  2. Plant Communities
  3. Plants and their Environment
  4. Plants, Soils & Climate
  5. Plant Adaptations to Extreme Environments
  6. Manipulating Plant Environments
  7. Environmental Conservation
  8. Environmental Organisations, Assessment and Funding

Tissue Culture

  1. Introduction including a review of basic plant nutrition.
  2. Plant Nutrients
  3. The Laboratory
  4. Micropropagation Techniques
  5. Plant Hormones
  6. The Tissue Culture Environment
  7. Commercial Applications
  8. Taking Plants out of Culture
  9. Culture of Selected Species

Plant Breeding

  1. The Scope and Nature of the Plant Breeding Industry
  2. Introduction to Genetics
  3. Gamete Production, Pollination and Fertilisation in Plants
  4. Mono Hybrid and Dihybrid Inheritance in Plants
  5. Systematic Botany and Floral Structures
  6. Practical Plant Breeding Techniques
  7. Current Developments in Plant Genetics

Botany II

  1. Flower physiology
  2. Phytochrome
  3. Photoperiodism
  4. Control of flower bud initiation and development
  5. Dormancy
  6. Effects of plant associations and competition
  7. Respiration and post harvest physiology
  8. Post harvest storage, transport, retailing and shelf life
  9. Endogenous and synthetic growth regulators
  10. Risks involved with plant growth manipulation

Biochemistry II

  1. Introduction to Biochemical Molecules
  2. Amino Acids
  3. Structure of Proteins
  4. Protein Dynamics
  5. Sugars and Polysaccharides
  6. Lipids (Fats) and Membranes
  7. Enzymes, Vitamins and Hormones
  8. DNA and RNA
  9. Laboratory Techniques

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Who is this course for?

Horticulturalists, Home Gardeners, Botanists, Plant Ecologists, Consultants


A pc or laptop with internet connection.

Career path

There are numerous career paths available to students within Plant Science. Some common job titles include:

  • Agronomist.
  • Floral designer.
  • Biotechnologist.
  • Plant journalist.
  • Field advisor.
  • Soil scientist.
  • Greenhouse manager.
  • Propagation scientist.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.