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VCAL - Horticulture (Landscaping)

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  • Objectives
    This course provides the opportunity to complete a Certificate II in Horticulture (Landscaping) as part of a VCAL Intermediate or VCAL Senior. This certificate is an entrance level into the horticulture industry and focuses on landscaping. Completion of all required units will reduce the educational component of an apprenticeship in landscaping or other horticulture qualifications. Study areas include operate machinery & equipment, construct brick/block structures and features, use hand and power tools, leveling, lay paving and recognise and plant trees & shrubs
  • Entry requirements
    Year 11 *** Year 10 preferred for VCAL Intermediate (Yr 11)
  • Academic Title
    VCAL - Horticulture (Landscaping)
  • Course description
    Course Outline
    This course provides the opportunity to complete a Certificate II in Horticulture as part of a VCAL Intermediate or VCAL Senior. This certificate is an entrance level into the horticulture industry and focuses on landscaping. Completion of all required units will reduce the educational component of an apprenticeship in landscaping or other horticulture qualifications. Study areas include operate machinery & equipment, construct brick/block structures and features, use hand and power tools, levelling, lay paving and recognise and plant trees & shrubs.

    Campus
    Berwick TEC

    Course Commencement
    February 2009

    Study Mode
    Full Time

    Entrance Requirements
    Year 11 completed for VCAL Senior (Yr 12)
    Year 10 preferred for VCAL Intermediate (Yr 11)

    Selection Process
    Literacy, Numeracy evaluation and interview
    Students must successfully complete the selection criteria

    How do I Apply?
    Apply directly to Chisholm

    Information Sessions
    Tuesday 9th September & Tuesday 11th November @ Berwick
    Wednesday 10th September @ Cranbourne

    Is There An Interview?
    Applicants will be Interviewed

    Study Areas
    Growing and Harvesting of Vegetable Crops; Post-harvest Treatment and Processing; Establishment and Maintenance of Field and Growing Crop Environments; Management of Enterprise Resources

    Subjects / Modules
    RTC2701A Follow Occupational health and safety*
    RTC2702A Observe environmental work practices*
    RTC2705A Work effectively in the industry*
    RTC2801A Participate in workplace communications*
    RTC2704A Provide basic first aid
    RTC2016A Recognise plants
    RTC2210A Maintain properties & structures
    RTC2307A Operate machinery & equipment
    RTF2019A Renovate grassed areas
    RTD2206A Install aggregate paths
    RTF2208A Lay paving
    RTF2215A Assist with landscape construction works
    RTF3203A Construct brick and/or block structures and features
    BCG1005A Use hand and power tools
    BCG2004A Carry out levelling
    RTF2014A Prepare and maintain plant displays

    NUM021 Numeracy Skills Module
    This module aims to builds student’s confidence to explore mathematics beyond its familiar and everyday use. Students will develop mathematics skills that are both important in their industry area of choice, create strong pathways into further study and increase their general confidence in this subject. The mathematics covered includes measurement, graphs and statistics, use of maps and directions and an understanding of the use of formulas and other problem solving strategies.

    LIT022 Oral Communication Module
    Oral Communication skills are an important part of all subject areas. The VCAL program allows for
    communication skills to be built into every aspect of a student's program in order to develop the skills they will need for employment and further study as well as for general confidence. The Oral Communication module
    includes:
    • Practise job interviews
    • Speaking with industry employers
    • Working in teams
    • Presentation skills
    • Inspirational and informative speakers

    LIT021 Literacy Skills Module
    Building general reading and writing skills is an important part of VCAL. Literacy classes are developed around student’s vocational and personal interests. Vocational (industry) and literacy teachers work together to create a program that involves and engages a student on many levels. They will work on workplace documents, reports, resumes, communication skills and more.

    PDS021 Personal Development Skills Module
    The Personal Development Skills module is about developing each student’s skills, knowledge and attitudes towards one another and their community. Examples include leadership, team building and community projects using a broad range of engaging activities.

    WRS022 Work Related Skills Module
    The module is designed to
    • Development key employability skills such as good communication skills, teamwork, using initiative, problem solving, planning and organising
    • Give students the opportunity to experience relevant work placement in industry

    Berwick TEC also offers students an edge when seeking employment by offering additional industry relevant qualifications and training. These include First Aid and Course in Construction card where applicable

    Assessment Methods
    Both practical and theory including work placement report

    Cost
    To be advised
    (Concessions on tuition fees may be available to holders of valid Centrelink Benefits Cards unless otherwise stated.)

    Employment Prospects
    Landscaping Assistant
    General Assistant

    Employability Skills
    Communication Self Management
    Team Work Using Technology
    Learning new skills Using initiative
    Planning and organising Solving problems

    Further Options (& Articulation)
    Certificate III in Horticulture –Apprenticeship
    The apprenticeship can be in a number of horticultural focused industries including landscaping, Parks & Gardens and Conservation & land Management.

    Skills Recognition
    Where applicants can show evidence of prior qualification or experience in a related field, they may apply for skills recognition (Recognition of Prior Learning).
    There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
    • Previous study
    • Knowledge
    • Skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course.

    Support Services
    Support is available to students in a range of areas including Study Skills, Personal Counselling, Careers Advice and Disability Support. Contact Student Advisory Services for more details.

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