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New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3) - Telford

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3
Dates:

TBC pending sufficient enrolments -  register your interest 

Duration:

Blended delivery, night classes once a week

Location: Telford
Credits: 50

Learn about the factors incluencing organic production, the biotic interactions which occur in organic production ecosystems, soil and ground preparation for organic production, and how to control for weeds, animal pest, and disease in an organic production activity.

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the organic primary production sector
  • To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in organic primary production
  • To provide a programme of study that will enhance your knowledge base of organic production growing systems and environments for those working, or intending to work in the sector

Compulsory

COH100  Societal, environmental, and cultural factors influencing organic production philosophy (10 credits)
This paper introduces factors which have an influential role on organic production and the role these have in the development of a philosophy with regards to organic production. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Describe social and cultural factors that influence the development of organic primary production in New Zealand.
  2. Describe environmental factors that influence the development of organic primary production in New Zealand.
  3. Develop an organic production philosophy informed by social, cultural, and environmental factors which have an influence on organic production in New Zealand.

COH101  Biotic interactions within organic ecosystems (10 credits)
This paper introduces factors which have an influential role on organic production and the role these have in the development of a philosophy with regards to organic production. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Describe an organic production ecosystem and structure.
  2. Explain the biotic interactions which occur within organic production ecosystems.
  3. Explain the role of biotic interactions within organic production ecosystems.

COH102  Management for successful organic primary production (10 credits)
Students in this paper will apply the knowledge and skills regarding soil management, animal and plant pest management, and disease control to an organic primary production activity. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Summarise soil management methods relevant to organic primary production.
  2. Identify and describe animal and pest plant controls relevant to organic primary production.
  3. Identify and describe diseases which may impact upon organic primary production.
  4. Establish a soil management plan for an organic primary production for either animal and pest plant control, or disease control.

COH103 Holistic Integration of Organic Principles for Primary Production (10 Credits)
This paper provides students with the knowledge necessary to develop an organic primary production plan which provides a holistic integration of organic principles.

  1. Describe the relationship between a physical site and the organic primary production to occur on the site.
  2. Explain elements important to successful planning of an organic primary production, such as biological diversity, ecosystem balance, soil protection, integrated pest and disease management, etc.
  3. Identify companion plants and explain the role of companion planting in holistic integration of organic principles within an organic primary production plan.

 Elective - select 10 credits from the following:

COH104  Soil and ground preparation for organic production (5 credits)
This paper provides a context for students to apply knowledge relevant to the application of organic production principles. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: 

  1. Describe soil formation and properties.
  2. Identify and explain the preparation steps required to prepare an area for a specific organic primary production activity.
  3. Undertake soil and ground preparation in anticipation of a specified organic primary production activity.

COH105  Establishment, care and protection of crops or pasture in organic production (5 credits)
This paper provides a context for students to apply knowledge relevant to the establishment, care and protection of crops or pasture in an organic primary production activity. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Describe crop or pasture establishment methods relevant to organic primary production.
  2. Develop a management regime, inclusive of care and protection methods, for a specified crop or pasture which is part of an organic primary production activity.
  3. Undertake either establishment, care or protection of a specified crop or pasture as part of an organic primary production activity.

COH106  Weed, animal pest, and disease control in organic primary production (5 credits)
This paper provides a context for students to apply knowledge relevant to the control of weeds, animal pests and diseases in an organic primary production activity. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a control plan for the control of weeds, animal pests, and diseases, for a specified organic primary production activity.
  2. Undertake control of weed, animal pest, or diseases for a specified organic primary production activity.

At the successful completion of this programme, students will have the required competencies to function successfully and effectively at entry levels within the horticulture sector. The various employment positions a graduating student could be expected to undertake following the completion of this programme could include the following examples:

  • Nursery assistant
  • Garden centre assistant
  • Organic farmer
  • Gardener

School Leavers

Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2 as follows:

  • 60 credits at Level 2 or above, plus 20 credits from any level, and
  • Literacy – minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either specified assessment standards available through a range of subjects and English for Academic Purposes, unit standards 22750 and 22751 (minimum total of 10 credits), or unit standards – package of three literacy unit standards (26622, 26624, 26625 – all three required)
  • Numeracy – a minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either achievement standards – specified assessment standards available through a range of subjects (minimum total of 10 credits), or unit standards – package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

Mature Applicants

Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 2 or above and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS test – General or Academic score of 5, with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 500 (with an essay score 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL a) Expiring b) Current – a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General) 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic) score of 36
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B1 Achiever with a score of 43
  • LanguageCert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 50 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3) full-time over 6 months or part-time over 2 years.

Please Note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

The assessments in this programme are typically short paragraph questions. You will also need to draft a permaculture plan. There are no external exams for this course.

For more information on required and recommended textbooks for this course please refer to the textbook list here

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study

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