Otago Polytechnic

Fruit Production programme (Level 5)

Location

Central Otago or online with block courses. International students must study on campus.

Duration
One year full-time; part-time options
Level
5
Start
February and July
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    22 July 2019
    2 December 2019 - 17 February 2020
    30 September 2019 - 11 October 2019
    9 April 2020 - 27 April 2020

New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production)

This programme replaces the Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5) and Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5) 

Progress your career in the national or international horticultural communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stonefruit, pipfruit, berry or wine grape production industries.   

All of our teaching centres around sustainable growing principles and you will gain hands-on experience and industry contacts through professional work experience. In addition, our unrivalled Central Otago Campus practical horticulture facilities include a propagation nursery, hydroponics unit, modern glasshouses, 7-hectare crop production unit and vineyard.  

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).

For more information about this programme, please email the Programme Manager, jason.barry@op.ac.nz

Skills required
  • An enjoyment of working outdoors
  • Physical fitness
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • An eye for detail.
Entry requirements 
  • National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) OR equivalent.   

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

If you need to improve your English, we offer a range of English language programmes.   

Additional documentation

You need to provide academic records, proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Selection procedure

Applications will be processed as they are received. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order that they applied.  

Additional costs

You must have clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors.

Your workload

You should expect to spend a minimum of 40 hours a week on this programme. 

Course names 
Course name Credits
Leadership and Relationship Management 15
Professional Work Experience  15
Capstone Project  30
Crop Development and Quality 15
Weather and Crop Performance 15
Soil and Water Dynamics 15
Pest, Diseases and Weeds  15
Total 120
Block courses

All the courses will run in blocks with the exception of the Capstone Project which will run from Week Two of Term One, right throughout the academic year (February to November and July to June).

The Capstone Project will be learner-directed with a mentor/facilitator assigned to supervise you.

Please email jason.berry@op.ac.nz for more block course information. 

Further study options 

Continue your learning with degree and postgraduate-level horticulture programmes at Lincoln and Massey Universities in New Zealand.

Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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