Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Ornamental Horticulture

Qualification code: 98025
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 83107
APS/AS: 18
Practical work and work integrated learning form an integral part of this qualification.
Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of the qualification is to develop competent horticulturists enabling them to apply ornamental horticultural technologies and strategies in the green industry in a way that will be environmentally sustainable. They will be able to propagate care for and utilise plants, plan, implement and maintain urban landscapes, be able to apply basic managerial skills. The qualification aims to contribute to the green industry by developing horticultural professionals and managers and so enhance the effectiveness and the competitiveness of the industry. It also aims to support the discipline of Horticulture by providing the academic foundation for possible future research in the field. The qualification strives to promote environmental awareness and a commitment to environmental sustainability, as well as the recognition that plants, with their various functional and aesthetic uses, have the ability to improve quality of life. It further aims to advance social and economic transformation by providing accessible opportunities for individual, career and entrepreneurial development to people from all social and cultural groups.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

While you are deciding on the modules for which you will be registering, write down the module names and codes so that you have something to refer to when completing your registration.

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level

Second level

Students who have successfully completed HOR1601 need not register for HOR2605.
Students who have successfully completed HOR2603 need not register for HOR1604.

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
EMG2601 - Horticultural Resource Management I
ENS2602 - Environmental Studies I Pre-requisite:CEC1501
HOR2601 - Nursery Design and Layout Pre-requisite:HOR1501(applicable to 98025 only].
HOR2602 - Plant Growth Structures Pre-requisite:HOR1501 & HOR1503
HOR2604 - Horticulture Practical II Pre-requisite:HOR1504
HOR2605 - Horticulture Practice I (WIL)
LDS2601 - Introductory Landscape Design Techniques Pre-requisite:LDS1501
PMS2601 - Ornamental Plant Use II Pre-requisite:PMS1501(applicable to 98025 only].
PMS2602 - Ornamental Plant Use III Pre-requisite:PMS2601
PSO2601 - Plant Studies II Pre-requisite:PSO1501

Third level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
EMG3701 - Horticulture Resource Management II Pre-requisite:EMG2601
EMG3702 - Horticultural Resource Management Practice (WIL) Pre-requisite:EMG2601
GGH3708 - Environmental Awareness and Responsibility
HOR3601 - Ornamental Crop Production Pre-requisite:HOR2602
HOR3602 - Plant Pests and Diseases
LDS3601 - Landscape Construction and Installation Pre-requisite:LDS2601
LDS3701 - Advanced Landscape Design Techniques Pre-requisite:LDS2601
LDS3702 - Landscape Design Practical Pre-requisite:LDS2601
LDS3703 - Landscape Design Practice (WIL)
PMS3601 - Ornamental Plant Use Practice (WIL)