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This course will provide a general overview of the basic horticultural principles and how these are applied in the different crop and ornamental plant production industries. The course also covers important aspects related to first aid, health and safety and agricultural machinery operations.
Practical sessions form an integral part of the programme of study, providing the learners with the required skills and competences to improve employment opportunities and progression. The course also provides a good foundation for future career prospects in the different horticultural fields and progression to more advanced qualification.
Main Learning Outcomes:
Understand the conditions required for crop production
Explain how various crops are processed to produce a final product
Undertake a range of tasks to maintain gardens and soft areas
Be able to use and maintain a range of agricultural machinery
Level 2 qualification
Be able to read basic English and Maltese
Basic numeracy skills
Maturity Applications – Persons who do not have the above pre-requisites who have attained the age of 19 years at date of application may also apply for entry to programmes at MQF Level 3 under the Maturity Clause. Kindly contact the Office of the Part-Time Courses for assistance with applications under the Maturity Clause.
Course participants may be awarded either an MCAST Certificate of Attendance or an MCAST Certificate of Achievement.
MCAST Certificate of Attendance
An MCAST Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those candidates who attend at least 80% of the lessons.
MCAST Certificate of Achievement
An MCAST Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those candidates who satisfy the 80% attendance criteria and also choose to sit and pass the course assessment/s.
Note: Students who opt not to sit for the assessment or fail (the assessment/s) will however be awarded the MCAST Certificate of Attendance provided that they fulfil the minimum attendance criteria as stated above.
If the student intends to obtain a Certificate of Achievement, she/he is required to sit for an assessment/s. Assessment/s may take various forms such as a home assignment, class assignment, practical test and time constrained test. However, the assessment/s is not compulsory and an applicant may choose not to sit for it.